East Europe Team

JILAF invited eight persons (including five women) from four East European countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania) to visit Japan from October 17 to 30.

At the lectures and places visited, the participants showed much interest in such topics as the impact of globalization on Japanese industry, the response of unions to the worldwide financial crisis following the Lehman shock, the increasing number of nonregular workers, and the low birthrate and aging. They engaged in lively discussions on these issues, comparing the situation in Japan with that in their own countries.
They also showed great interest in the Hello Work employment office, which they visited in the Rengo Nara program, enthusiastically inspecting the system and remarking that they would like to see it introduced in their own countries. In addition, the participants seemed to learn a lot from the system of cooperation between labour and management in Japan, the three principles of productivity, and the approach of the Japanese employment system of placing importance on individuals. Participants commented that they would like to use these ideas as reference for the development of the labour movement in their own countries.

List of Cooperating Organizations

Rengo NaraSharp Corp. Nara Plant
Sharp Corp. Labour Union Nara BranchNara Prefecture Government Office
Labour Bureau, Nara Prefectural GovernmentHello Work Nara
JFE Steel Corp. East Japan Works, Keihin AreaJFE Steel Corp. Keihin Labour Union
Kikan Roren (Japan Federation of Basic Industry Workers’ Unions)Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)

Many thanks to everyone.

Photos of the Participants

Participating in the Rengo Central Women’s Assembly

Discussion with Rengo Nara executives

Visit to Sharp Corp.'s Nara Plant

Courtesy visit to Nara Prefecture Governor Shogo Arai

Visit to Nara Prefecture's Labour Bureau and Hello Work Nara

Receiving an explanation at Hello Work Nara

Visit to JFE Steel Corp. East Japan Works, Keihin Area

Discussion with Kikan Roren

Lecture by Nippon Keidanren