| A Happy New Year ! 2008
Friday, September 28, 2007, I will stay hospital to operate excision of
a part of my stomach. the early cancer of my stomach was found in the
annual physical check up in the last month.
December the "Social Enterprise Promotion Law" came into existence in
Korea. So Mr. Kikuchi and I visited the Social Enterprise Suport
Center, Korean Association of Self-Sufficiency Suport Centers (Hanguk
Jawhal Hugyon Gigan Hyeophoi), and several Self-Sifficiency Communities
(Nowon, jinchon, Suwon etc.). (Pictuers)
This Law will be dispensed on July 1, 2007.
| A Happy New Year ! 2007
visited AARP National Event in Anaheim with Doctor HYODO Tsutomu,
president of the Japan Older Persons Co-operatice Union, from 24 to 27
| I took
part in the Expert
Group Meeting on Cooperatives and Emplyoment in Wuxi and Shanghai,
China on 15-19 May 2006. This meeting was organised by the Division for
Social Policy and Development(DSPD) of the United Nations Department of
Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) with technical support from the
International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International
Cooperative Alliance (ICA). The event is hosted by the All China
Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives (ACFSMC). In the
Meeting I presented the paper of "Worker
Cooperatives in Japan."
|A Happy New Year ! 2006
The term "Social Enterprise" is becoming important.
I visited to York, Rochdale, Manchester, Sunderland, next city of
New Castle, and East London, to study "social enterprises" and other
- York St. John College, University of Leeds in York
- Co-operativesUK head office in Manchester city
- SES: The Social Enterprise Sunderland in Sunderland
- Account 3 / Environment Trust in east end of London
paper of "About the
Cooperative Union (JWCU)" is uploaded.
23 2005, I went to concert "Miserere Mei Deus" set by Gregorio Allegri
and "Requiem" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at "Toriton Square," Chuo
|A Happy New Year ! 2005
| On December 7 2004,
I went to concert Beethoven symphny No. 9 "CHORUS" at Ikebukuro, Tokyo
led by TOYAMA Yuzo, One of the famous concert conductors in Japan.
October 13 to 25, I went to
Las Vegas to join AARP National Event before reseaching tour
to AARP, Washinton DC, and Independent Living Project of Western
New York. You can see Photos in
Washinton and Buffalo, NY.
September 22 2004, My fellows and I heralded AARP delegates , Mrs. and Mr.
Leven and Mr. Edwward newburn, to Workers' Co-operative bisiness
establishments located in Fukaya City and in Menuma Town.
AARP's old name was
"American Association of Retired Persons." Actualy anybody who is
fifty years old or over can be a member of AARP. the number of AARP
members is over thity five million.
local meeting of Tokyo Senior Citizen Co-operative was held on
Saturday, May 8 2004 at the educational center of Higashi-kurume city
in Tokyo. We sent the invitation letters to the members who live in the
cities of Kodaira, Nishi-tokyo, Higashi-kurume, Kiyose, and
Tueseday, April 13, 2004, We welcomed two cats to our house as our
family members to live together. They are a elder brother, called "Nihni
(left)," and a sister, called "Nehne (right)," Their breed
are Somali close to Abyssinian cat. They were simular when jast
arrrived. They look demure. But after a few days after and now, they
are playing elves, and taking to us.
the new year holidays I played a new year golf after an interval
of almost three years with my old fellows of NFUCA, the Ntional
Federation of University Co-operative Associations. I found out the
lack of exercise. My score was 107.
September 15 to 25, I visited to study Italian Social Cooperatives in
Rome, Pavia and Milan coordinated by Ms TANAKA Natsuko, an associated
professsor of Tsuru university, with Ms HORIUCHI Mitsuko, ILO
Tokyo Offive Representative, Prof. SATO Makoto, Ritumeikan university,
Prof. SUZUKI Tsutomu, Bukkyo university, Mr. ISHIZUKA Hideo, and Mr.
TAKANARITA Ken, Central Jigyodan.
Cooperatives we visited
am very happy to meet my friends, Bill and Rich, who are manegers of US
I welcome My friends, Mr. Bill Simpson, President &
General Manager of University of Connecticut Cooperative Corporation,
and Mr. Rich McDaniel, Associated Vice President , Campus &
Business Service of Cornel University, who will play as key note
speakers for NFUCA seminar for presidents and managing directors of its
photos are taken
on 11th September, 2003 at HARAJUKU.
BIG SIZE PHOTOS
|The US President
George W. Bush has given
Saddam Hussein an uulltimatum to go into exile or face attack from the
United States and a handful of allies.
I am on the side of "No War on Iraq." This atack to Iraq will make the
U.S. a 'empire' or a 'monocaratic' state over the world.
I voted no to war, according to the next wdbsite.
July 16 to 19 2002 I visited
Hanoi, Vietnam to attend the 8th Meeting of ICA Sub-committee on
Unoversity/College Cooperative for Asia and the Pacific, the ICA
Regional Youth Meeting for AP, and the 35th ICA Committee on Consumers
I presented "Youth members'
views of thier works,
co-op management and thier neighborhood in Japan worker' cooperatives"
in the ICA Youth Representative Meeting.
|On June 22,
2002, the Alumni Meeting of schoolmates, graduated in 1963 from KUKI
Junior High School, Saitama prefecture. The Meeting is held every five
year since 20 years ago.
|I am impacted by
the following news (the Asahi Shinbun, June 8, 2002);
1) "Birthrate at record low in 2001 since the end of World War II --
Women on average had only 1.33 children"
The lowest in Tokyo at 1.00 and the highest in Okinawa province at
1.83. Birthrate were generally low in the Tokyo metropolitan area and
the Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe region.
workers among the least loyal"
a near-bottom seventh out of eight
nationalities studied in the
United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Mexico
<<Birthrate: it represents the average number of babies a woman
delivers in her life>>
FUKAO Yumiko who was a
former student committee member of NFUCA, the National Federation of
University Cooertive Associations, when I was its General Director,
moved to live in Tokyo from Hokkaido, Japanese Northern Island, after
her marriage. Then we held a party to welcome her at a restaurant
located in Tokyo. The Participants were her friends in Tokyo and former
NFUCA student committee in the same period. You
can get photos of
|I have to send you a
sad information that Mr.
Masao Ohya was dead on May 26, 2002. I regret his death. He is the
Adviser of JICR (the Japan Institute of Cooperative Research), and the
former Executive Director of JCCU, and the former Chairman of the ICA
Committee on Consumers Cooperation for Asia and the Pacific.
(Photo) Mr. Masao Ohya, left, Mr. Hiroshi Shimamura, right, and me on
the front of Mr. Ohya's house in the end of last year.
visited to Cebu island, the Philippines, as a speaker of the National
Conference hosted by MMAFECCO on April 5-7, 2002. (My presentation
paper on Humen Resourve Development
Initiative is here.) After
that I visited to Bangkok, Thailand to have meeting with TCOFU officers.
|On Mar. 30, 2002, the
wedding reception of one
of myfriends was held at Kuki City, Saitama Prefecture. He is the same
age with me, and marrege firstly with Chainese lady.
The reception was just like a class reunion of Kuki junior high school.
|What do you think
about Japanese jobless rate? It has been increasing in a few years and
marked around 6 persent, espacialy that of youth (20s) marks over 10
percent. Then JICR, the Japan Institute of Cooperative Reseach whose
director is me, is planning a seminar for university teachrs who try to
find jobs of thier students (and actually hard to do).
several professor and me will hold a planning meeting on Mar. 13, 2002
to do so. It is an alternative initiative to resolve jobless problem.
Our initiative is that Getting Job is Creating Job such as setting up
|I am very happy
to introduce the new activities of JWCU, the Japan Workers' Cooperative
Union. it is so called "JOB CREATION COURSEs" which was held at Three
cities in KAGOSHIMA prefecture and three places in TOKYO metropolitan,
and sponsered by each local government. Its each course was composed of
three parts which are " to be a certificated home helper", "how to
handle IT (Information Technology)" and "how to set up a care workers'
own firm such as care workers cooperative." I took part in these
courses as a lecturer for subjects of "variety firms and thier
manegement form" and "cooperative and its operation principles."
Board of Directors of JICR,
Japanese Institute of Cooperative Research, was held on January 5,
2002. After that we held the New Year Parties near Otuka JR Station
Including KARAOKE party.
|I attennded the
ICA world assembry 2001 in Seoul, Korea, on 13-18 October 2001
|I wrote New
cooperative Youth Seminars for Asia and the Pacific.
-- LOOKING BACK: THE ICA TOKYO
-- BRIEF HISTORY OF ICA REGIONAL YOUTH SEMINARS
-- LEARNING OR TEACHING: The Cooperative Learning Theory
-- COOPERATIVES AND YOUTH PARTICIPATION
|I visited BBMC,
Bigay Buhay Multi-purpose Cooperative, in Quezon city, the Philippines,
to attend its 10th anniversary ceremony with Mr. KURIKI Toshifumi, Mr.
SAITO Kenzo and Mr. KIKUCHI Ken on Sep. 9-12, 2001. (Photos)
|"the ICA Regional
Cooperarive Youth Seminar 2001" was held on 24(Sun)-27(Wed) June, 2001
In this seminar Dr. Roberto Rodoriges, ICA President, addressed the
opening message (Power Point File). And I spoke the impression of this
seminar at closing session.
I addressed the
Impression from the Seminar Organiser.
|"YOUTH FORUM ON
COOPERATION" was held on 21 Mar. 2001. It was first time in Japan.
On 15-17 March 2001, ICFTU-APRO & ICA-ROAP
Preparatory Meetong On ILO Revised Recommendation 127 which will be
deliberated on at the International Labor Conference in June 2001 was
held at Orchid Country Club, Singapore.
|The joint meeting
of the office-bearers of the ICA Sub-committee on University/College
Cooperatives for Asia and the Pacific, and the host organizations of
the Seminar was held. on 9 Dec., 2000 for discussin on "the ICA
Regional Cooperarive Youth Seminar 2001" programs which will be held on
24(Sun)-27(Wed) June, 2001 in Tokyo.
Cooperation, Leading New Century"
*** The Detail information will be announced by
the middle of January 2001. ***
Sung-Kong-Hoe University (Anglican University) in Seoul, Korea on 6-10,
Dec., 2000 with principals of Japan Workers' Cooperative Union to
participate in the International Forum on Social Enterprise Development
which theme was "Creating social work to overcome poverty and
And I also visited the new office of the Korean Consumers Cooperative
Federation which moved last October.
Singapore on 5-8, Nov., 2000 to attend the meeting of the
Office-Bearers of the ICA Committee on Consuner Cooperaton for Asia and
the Pacific and its Sub-committee on University/College Cooperatives.
The subjects of this meeting are 1) the management in the consumer
cooperatives, 2) examination of the attainment points and future
direction of the youth activity in Asia and the Pacific, and 3) others.
No. of Participants is 12: 1 from Japan, 1 from Indonesia, 2 from the
Philippines, 4 from Singapore, and 4 from ICA-ROAP.
Interpreter? That was the question.
In fact, one of ICA-ROAP's participants is a Japanese, Mr. Juku Ozawa.
I took part in 5th National Cooperative Summit in the
Philippines which was held on 25-27, October 2000 at Tagaytay City,
by the Tarr Lake. Vice-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo attended
Asia-Pacific Co-operative Forum was held on 27-28 June 2000 at the
33rd Meeting of ICA Committee on Consumer Co-operation and 6th Meeting
ICA Sub-Committee on University/College Co-operatives ware also held at
same place before the Forum.