This document has been made available in electronic format by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
June, 1998
(Source: Asia-Pacific Co-op News, Vol. 5, No.1, Jan-Apr., 1998, p.5)

ICA Board meets in Tokyo

The ICA Board met in Tokyo on 21st April, 1998 at the Zenkyoren building. The meeting was hosted by the Japanese Joint Committee on Co-operatives.

Mr. H. Kohno, member of the Board, confirmed to the ICA Board last September that Japan was indeed pleased to host the meeting.

The `Sakura' (cherry blossom) season in April enlivened the already bright atmosphere surrounding the meeting. The Board meeting was preceded by an Executive meeting of the ICA President and Vice Presidents.

Substantive issues were discussed during the Board meeting and the focal issue being the keen reflection and assessment on the role of co-operatives in light of the new socio-economic environment.

This exercise is deemed particularly relevant in the face of the ongoing economic crisis in Asia, and the fact that Japan's economy was also still languishing at the time of the meeting.

The ICA President re-emphasized the importance of specialization and integration, as well as the need to beef up the role of communication to portray the ICA and co-operatives more realistically as a strong and vibrant Movement in the world.

The Board meeting was further marked with a special video shooting by the World Television, and by a lively reception hosted by the Japanese Co-operative Movement.

A field trip was arranged to Hiroshima and Kobe on April 22 and 23, 1998, sampling the famous bullet train of Japan and witnessing the operations of primary co-operatives in both places.