New start as Kokumin Kyosai co-op
Zenrosai has decided to rebrand itself as “Kokumin Kyosai co-op” from June 2019. The new brand name is derived from our most popular product, short term life insurance “Kokumin Kyosai”, which is expected to raise public awareness of us. Additionally, it helps to clearly signify that our organization is a cooperative providing “Kokumin” or All citizens with “Kyosai” or Cooperative Insurance.
Also, we have changed our official English name to “National Federation of Workers and Consumers Kyosai Cooperatives” from “National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives”. There is no precise translation for the Japanese word Kyosai into English. "Kyosai" can be divided into two parts: Kyo means "mutual" and Sai means "to help". By directly incorporating the word "Kyosai" into our name, we are emphasizing the fact that we are a cooperative and provide mutual aid using insurance.
In order to become a more friendly and approachable organization, with the new name, Kokumin Kyosai co-op, we will further strive to expand the scope of helping each other through our cooperative insurance, improve the safety network for members and endeavor to achieve our mission, “Towards a Safe and Affluent Society with Mutual Help”.
Profile of Kokumin Kyosai co-op
Kokumin Kyosai co-op
（National Federation of Workers and Consumers Kyosai Cooperatives）
Address: 2-12-10 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8571 Japan
TEL: +81 (3) 3299 0161
FAX: +81 (3) 5371 2685
|President||Mr. Masami Hirota|
|Full-time employees||3,657 (As of May 31, 2020)|
563.9 JPY billions : 5,143 USD millions
(Fiscal year ended May 31, 2020)
3,900 JPY billions : 35,670 USD millions
(As of May 31, 2020)
Non-life: Fire, Natural Disaster, Automobile, Traffic Accident
Life: Group life, Individual life, Annuity, Medical
ICA Statement on the Co-operative Identity
The Statement on Co-operative Identity was adopted at the 1995 General Assembly of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), held in Manchester on the occasion of the Alliance's Centenary. The Statement was the product of a lengthy process of consultation involving thousands of co-operatives around the world.
- ICA Statement on the Co-operative Identity
A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.
Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
1st Principle: Voluntary and Open Membership organizations
Co-operatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
2nd Principle: Democratic Member Control
Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co- operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.
3rd Principle: Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
4th Principle: Autonomy and Independence
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter to agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.
5th Principle: Education, Training and Information
Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
6th Principle: Co-operation among Co-operatives
Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7th Principle: Concern for Community
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.