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 and competition.

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.

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