Category Archives: Cooperatives

JA Miyagi groups push Japanese pear exports to Vietnam

MIYAGI, Oct. 15 — Japanese agriculture cooperatives in northern Japan have held a promotional event for their pears in Ho Chi Min city, after Vietnam lifted a 10-year ban on this crunchy fruit from Japan in January. The Japanese pear, known as nashi, is apple-shaped with golden speckled skin and is somewhat different to a European pear; it is firm, crispy, sweet and juicy. JA Miyagi Sennan and groups from its area displayed their Miyagi Zao nashi and offered tastings to customers at a Japanese chain supermarket in the southern Vietnamese city on Oct. 14. JA Miyagi Sennan officials said Southeast Asia is a potential market worth pursuing. The Japanese … Continue reading

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Japan-grown fig tempura is now on food chain Tenya’s menu

ASAKURA, Oct. 11 — A Japanese agriculture cooperative in the southern island of Kyushu has teamed up with the fast food tempura chain, Tendon Tenya, using a locally-produced fruit: Fig tempura. The Japanese tempura bowl operator has a typical menu that consists of a bowl of rice topped with tempura. Toiling with six months of trial and error, the food chain developed the new product, using “Toyomitsu-hime” figs produced by JA Chikuzen Asakura, the agricultural cooperative in Asakura city, Fukuoka prefecture. The new fruit tempura is now on the menu at Tendon Tenya until Oct. 30. A portion of the sales will be donated to northern Kyushu areas that were … Continue reading

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International Labour Organization’s head of cooperatives unit urges Japanese cooperatives to make more efforts to promote their activities abroad

TOKYO, Sept. 13 – The head of International Labour Organization’s Cooperatives Unit gave high marks to Japanese cooperatives’ activities, expressing hope that such initiatives will be promoted worldwide. In an interview with The Japan Agricultural News during her visit to Japan, Simel Esim of the Geneva-based organization said cooperatives can make global contributions by working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. Ever since it was established, the ILO has recognized the importance of cooperatives in carrying out its mission of realizing social justice and prevention of unemployment, Esim said. Based on Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation adopted by member states in 2002, the cooperatives unit is … Continue reading

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ILO Tokyo Office holds public seminar with Japanese cooperative organizations: cooperative activities and sustainable development goals

TOKYO, Sept. 8 – United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for Japan co-organized a public seminar on September 7 at Nagata-cho in Tokyo with Japan Joint Committee of Cooperatives (JJC), an apex body of an organizational network of various cooperatives in Japan. The seminar was held to learn about roles to be played by cooperatives in achieving “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” that were adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of the 2030 New Sustainable Development Agenda. Simel Esim, Head of the Cooperatives Unit at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva, made a presentation on expected … Continue reading

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African cooperative leaders visit Shizuoka prefecture in Japan to find out activities of Shimizu Agricultural Cooperative

SHIZUOKA, Sept. 2 – Leaders of cooperative organizations in African countries had a study trip at Shimizu Agricultural Cooperative, called as JA Shimizu, to observe activities carried out by Japanese farmers at their cooperative. They came to Tokyo to learn about the Japanese cooperative movement by participating in a seminar that is being held from August 28 to September 6 jointly by Japan Consumers’ Co-operative Union and United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with Japan Joint Committee of Cooperatives (JJC) heading an organizational network of various cooperatives in the country. Their field trip to the JA Shimizu was organized as a part of the seminar program, providing them … Continue reading

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