The Role of Japanese Cooperatives Post Fukushima

The Role of Japanese Cooperatives Post Fukushima

Cooperatives are the mainstay of Japan’s rural economy through their presence in agriculture, fisheries, and even forestry. Every rural village has a co-op store, access to co-op financing and co-op insurance. In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese cooperatives have played a key role in empowering small groups by embracing social responsibility in times of public fear.