Eurasian Team

JILAF invited a team of 10 persons from eight organizations in eight Eurasian countries to visit Japan from December 10 to 21.

Through the labour-related lectures, the participants learned a lot about the characteristics of the labour movement and labour-management relations in Japan. They showed special interest in labour agreements and actively and repeatedly asked questions about a wide range of topics, including the method of concluding labour agreements, the scope of application, and the relationship with labour legislation. From the perspective of maternal protection, they also asked many questions about such issues as pre- and post-childbirth leave and the state of acquisition of childcare leave.

In their visit to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, in view of the fact that many people in their own countries migrate to West European countries in search of work, the participants showed an interest in the government’s policy toward foreign workers in Japan.

In the RENGO Tokushima program, the participants visited Tokushima Techno School, where they learned about the purpose of establishing the school, the curriculum, and the employment of graduates. They also observed an actual wood processing class, which enabled them to see the features of both wood processing using state-of-the-art machinery and wood processing by hand and to appreciate the need for vocational training in such schools. In discussions with RENGO Tokushima executives, they discussed such issues as relations between RENGO Tokushima and local governments and the main action policies of RENGO Tokushima, as well as learning about the role of a regional branch of RENGO. In particular, they showed great interest in the policy and system demands of regional RENGO branches.

At the National Association of Labour Banks, the participants showed much interest in the mutual-aid activities of labour banks, and many of them commented that they would like to see a system like labour banks introduced in their own countries.

List of Cooperating Organizations

RENGO TokushimaTokushima Techno School
Tokushima Prefectural Government OfficeHello Work Tokushima
Tokushima Branch of Zen Suido (All-Japan Water Supply Workers’ Union)Tokushima City Waterworks Bureau
East Nippon Expressway Workers’ UnionNEXCO East Iwatsuki Traffic Control Center
National Association of Labour Banks

Many thanks to everyone.

Photos of the Participants

Visit to the Japan Productivity Center

“Exchange of Views on Labour Situation” meeting

Visit to RENGO Tokushima

Visit to Tokushima Techno School

Courtesy visit to the governor of Tokushima Prefecture

Visit to Hello Work Tokushima

Discussion with the East Nippon Expressway Workers’ Union

Visit to the NEXCO East Iwatsuki Traffic Control Center

Discussion with JILAF President Takagi