JILAF invited a total of eight persons (including four women) from two organizations in Cambodia and Mongolia to visit Japan from September 26 to October 9.
The participants displayed a keenness to utilize in their own activities back home what they learned, through the lectures at JILAF, visits, and discussions, about such topics as the Japanese labour movement, the characteristics of labour-management relations in Japan, and the productivity movement.
In particular, they asked a wide range of questions and engaged in lively discussions on such issues as problems relating to the low birthrate and aging, the improvement of productivity, the spring labour offensive and collective bargaining, and labour-management relations in multinational companies.
In the Rengo Shimane program, the participants visited a Hello Work employment office, where they heard an explanation of the employment insurance scheme and job introduction system and learned about the front-line support setup for unemployed persons and so on.
At UI Zensen (Japanese Federation of Textile, Chemical, Food, Commercial, Service and General Workers’ Unions), they deepened their understanding of the organization and activities of an industrial union. In the following visit to an affiliated union and workplace, they went to the Iwatsuki Factory of Hanabishi Sewing Co., where they inspected the manufacturing process for made-to-order suits and held discussions with union executives on the activities of an enterprise-based union.
At the National Association of Labour Banks the participants deepened their understanding of the interconnectivity between the activities of labour banks and labour unions.
In addition, in the regional program, the participants visited the Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima. Deeply moved by the experience, they unanimously issued a “Peace Appeal” calling for (1) the abolition of nuclear weapons and realization of permanent peace in the world and (2) resolution of the problem of abductions by North Korea as quickly as possible.
|■||Rengo Shimane||■||Panasonic Electronic Devices Co.|
|■||Panasonic Electronic Devices Co. Labour Union Capacitor Matsue Branch||■||Hello Work Shimane|
|■||Hanabishi Sewing Co.||■||Hanabishi Sewing Co. Labour Union|
|■||National Association of Labour Banks||■||Shimane Prefectural Government|
Many thanks to everyone.
Courtesy visit to Rengo General Secretary Hiroyuki Nagumo
Learning about the productivity movement at the Japan Productivity Center
Visit to the Film Capacitor Division of Panasonic Electronic Devices Co.
Courtesy visit to Shimane Prefecture Governor Zenbei Mizoguchi
Visit to Hello Work Matsue
Visit to UI Zensen
Visit to the Iwatsuki Factory of Hanabishi Sewing Co.
Visit to the National Association of Labour Banks
All eight participants make an appeal for peace.