JILAF invited a team of 11 persons (including 2 women) from nine French-speaking African countries to visit Japan from November 6 to 19.
For the participants, this was the first time for trade union executives from the nine African countries to take part in training together. Throughout the program, they actively engaged in discussions and strengthened solidarity among their countries. In particular, many participants displayed a deep interest in Japan’s labour-management consultation system and productivity movement. In order to achieve job stability for workers in their own countries, they showed a keenness to introduce such systems with reference to the labour-management consultation system and efforts to improve productivity in Japan.
In discussions with executives at RENGO Saitama, Japan’s international cooperation, including official development assistance, was mentioned, and the participants made such comments as “We look forward to Japanese assistance in vocational training toward the creation of employment for young people in Africa.” In a visit to the Water Bureau of Saitama City, they acquired knowledge of advanced technology relating to micro hydroelectric power generation, which would be easy to introduce in Africa as well. In addition, in a visit to the Tsurumi Plant of Morinaga & Co., Ltd., the participants were able to observe the manufacturing process by which African-made cacao is transformed into products with added value after its import into Japan. They shared the recognition that it is necessary for labour and management in Africa to cooperate and understand the principles of productivity in order to supply competitive products and services.
In their visit to Hiroshima, the participants saw tragic pictures of atomic bomb use and learned how Japan’s postwar policies of nonmilitarization and democratization played an important role in the formation of the present-day Japanese economy and society. A participant from Cote d’Ivoire commented, “I want to call on our national center to establish a committee for peacekeeping activities in my country.”
|■||RENGO Saitama||■||Saitama Labour Bureau|
|■||Hello Work Omiya||■||Industry and Labour Division, Saitama Prefecture|
|■||Water Bureau, Saitama City||■||Saitama City Branch, Zensuido (All-Japan Water Supply Workers’ Union)|
|■||Aeon Retail Workers’ Union||■||Food Rengo (Federation of All Japan Foods and Tobacco Workers’ Unions)|
|■||Morinaga & Co., Ltd. Tsurumi Plant||■||All-Morinaga Labour Union|
|■||Zenrosai (National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives)|
Many thanks to everyone.
Discussions at RENGO
Lecture at the Japan Productivity Center
In front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima
Visit to the Saitama Labour Bureau
Visit to Hello Work Omiya
Visit to the Industry and Labour Division of the Saitama Prefectural Government
Discussion with RENGO Saitama executives
Visit to the Saitama City Water Bureau
Discussions with executives of the All-Morinaga Labour Union