As reported in the first issue of the CICOPA Newsletter “Work Together (April 2009),” Japan Workers’ Co-operative Union (JWCU), in collaboration with various organizations, has long been working for the approval of a worker cooperative law. The cooperative movement has kept going, and now it is in the final phase needed to win legal recognition.
A non-partisan, all-party parliamentary group currently has over 200 members to promote the legislation. Several Diet members, who have been strong supporters of the legislation, now hold important positions in the Cabinet, which seems very encouraging for the movement. The Diet members of the ruling party (The Democratic Party) are currently discussing the details of the legislation. Once their discussion is completed with necessary revisions, Diet members in other parties will review the revised legislation to add the final touches. The discussions are expected to peak around mid-November.
The supportive environment is also growing at a local level. More than 800 out of nearly 1,800 municipalities (including most of the prefectural assemblies and all of the major cities) have sent the Diet letters recommending the immediate approval of the law.
International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and
Service Producers' Cooperatives
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