Japan: Union marks seven decades of commitment

The Japan Teachers Union celebrated its 70th anniversary on 8 June highlighting the work of the union in improving the working conditions and status of teachers

At a well-attended reception in Tokyo JTU President Yuichiro Izumi recalled the union39s successes in defending teachers39 rights and promoting quality public education He also recalled the four principles that have guided the education union since its establishment in 1947 full pacification adherence to neutrality opposition to the provision of military bases and a stand against rearmament Indeed the union is currently resisting efforts by the Japanese government to change the country39s constitution allowing it to build up armed forces Rikio Kozu President of the trade union confederation RENGO reaffirmed his organisation39s support to the JTUrsquos effort to improve the status of teachers in Japan Teachersrsquo workload their long hours the increase of temporary contracts and the spread of standardised testing are the main challenges facing the profession according to the union39s leadership Several political parties expressed their best wishes to the JTU and pledged that they would help resolve some of these challenges EI Legacy of JTU Education International EI General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen who also addressed the reception said that the Japanese education system has proved to be the catalyst of great technological innovation and artistic achievement quotSo much of our world exists today because of what was born out of your classrooms what began with your union and its teachers and we are all better for itquot van Leeuwen said He presented the union with EI39s quotCertificate of Commendationquot On 9 June the EI General Secretary met with several Diet members of the Democratic Party including former Education Minister Mr Hirano

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