Social ResponsibilitiesZenkyoren’s InitiativesBasic PolicyZenkyoren places a high priority on collaborative activities and relationship-building with cooperative associations in the insurance eld and other organizations and groups, both within Japan and worldwide. We pursue these Activities in Japan“Choose Co-operatives, Choose Equality.” This was the theme for the International Day of Co-operatives, which was celebrated in Tokyo in July 2015. The event was an opportunity for discussion of the contribution made by cooperatives to community development and the achievement of equality in society. Zenkyoren, together with its fellow cooperative organizations, reaf rmed its determination to inform society about the mission of cooperatives. Cooperatives Japan* organized a support mission in September 2015 to areas of the Tohoku region affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Zenkyoren participated in this mission. In addition to carrying out voluntary activities at oyster farms, the Zenkyoren group also deepened their understanding of the activities of other cooperatives and collaborative activities among cooperatives in the areas of forestry, agriculture, and sheries. In addition, Cooperatives Japan helped to activities as a way to create new value through collaboration among cooperative associations, while helping to promote the cooperative movement by disseminating information about the value and roles of cooperative associations.expand education about the cooperative movement by providing teaching materials for elementary school children and establishing an endowed lecture program for university students.* Cooperatives Japan was formed in May 2013 to build on achievements resulting from initiatives during the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) in 2012. It consists of 24 Japanese cooperative organizations (as of May 2015).National InitiativesCollaboration with a shery cooperative“ People certainly have no power one by one. But if they unite together, they can bring about such power.”Father of Japan’s cooperatives: Toyohiko Kagawa15Annual Report 2016


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