|Japan is one of the few developed countries without a workers cooperative
law. Compared with Enropean countries, the concept of worker cooperative
(i.e., people create their own jobs, make capital contributions and have
control over management) is still uncommon in Japan. However, the fact
tells us that more than 30,000 people are already involved in associated
work in Japan.
Work is an essential part of our lives. Yet, it is increasingly treated
like marchandize, with little respect, leading to a less respetful society.
We believe that this phenomenon has derived from the excessive market economy
More and more people are now calling for decent jobs. Their urgent message
is "We like to work and live like humans." Through the new way
of working (i.e., associated work), we seek to create decent jobs which
can also revitalize our community and society. With these strong wishes,
JWCU proposes a new legislation on associated work.
Our goals through this legislation are:
To create jobs that can contribute to the society,
To support and raise the spirit of "creating own jobs,"
To improve quality of work: to work and live like a human,
To develop a new "public" sector through associated work, and
To promote civic involvement in community development.
|November 25, 2000
||Worker Cooperative Legislation Civic Council was founded.
||JWCU held a series of citizen forums for Law on Associated Workers' Co-operatives
throughout the nation.
|More than 10,000 groups and organizations signed the letters to support the Law on Associated Workers' Cooperatives.
||Submission of an opinion paper to the Diet, requesting the immediate approval of the legislation, has been adopted at 838 municipality assemblies (as of October 2013).
|February 20, 2008-
||A non-partisan, all-party parliamentary group was founded to promote the
legislation. As of July 2013, the group has 113 members.
|November 14, 2008
||National Association of Chairpersons of City Councils adopted the request
for immediate approval of the legislation.