The Role of Japanese Cooperatives Post Fukushima

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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.