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About JCIAMessage from the Chairperson

June 20, 2022
Masami Hirota, Chairperson, JCIA

I would like to express my deep appreciation to all of our member organizations for their continuing support and cooperation with the business operations of JCIA.

Firstly, with regard to the global situation, the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russia continues to affect its citizens with no sign of relief. I wish that the international community, including Russia, will work together through dialog to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict at the very earliest possible opportunity. In addition, while some two and half years have passed since the onset of the spread of the COVID-19 infections, giving rise to the promotion of initiatives around the world to control infections and revive the economy, there is still no end in sight to the pandemic. I would like to offer my sincerest sympathy to all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secondly, established in 1992 for the purpose of promoting sound development of the Kyosai businesses operated by cooperatives, thereby contributing to the stabilization of the lives and the improvement of the welfare of people engaged in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries as well as other employees and workers in local communities or small and medium-sized business owners, JCIA celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in April this year. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude solely to the support for its business operations by the officers and employees of member organizations through their understanding and cooperation. A wide variety of commemorative projects are planned for this fiscal year, details of which will be posted in due course on the JCIA website for your perusal.

Thirdly, recent years are seeing an increasing occurrence of large-scale natural disasters nationwide. March this year marked eleven years since the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck Fukushima Prefecture, and we are told that earthquakes with a maximum seismic intensity of more than six may yet strike off the coast of Fukushima, triggering more earthquakes in aftershock areas. Moreover, advancing climate change on a global scale presents the risk of phenomena such as typhoons and torrential rainfall, causing massive damage. As well as this, the COVID-19 global pandemic (explosive growth of infections) is having major adverse effects on economic and social activities.

This situation reminds us that "risks lie concealed everywhere and are a threat to everyone." Amid calls for cooperatives to fulfill roles aimed at reducing risks such as risk prevention and disaster prevention and mitigation in addition to providing conventional coverage against risks in our surrounds, JCIA will also proactively disseminate information that will contribute to disaster prevention and mitigation.

Furthermore, Kyosai businesses also play a part in the important role of supporting the security and safety of citizens. To continue to support such roles of Kyosai businesses in the future, JCIA will engage in activities such as organizing seminars and training courses to fulfill needs from member organizations, coping with legal policy issues related to cooperatives, providing consultations on and coping with complaints related to Kyosai businesses, undertakings as a certified Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) body and the publication of the "Cooperative and Commercial Insurance" magazine.

While our behavioral pattern has completely changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Kyosai businesses mission of providing all our members with security remains unchanged, regardless of how the times may change. We will continue to make every effort to ensure the sound development of Kyosai businesses in the new social environment.

Finally, I would like to ask further understanding and support from all concerned.

Best regards,