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History of University Co-op in Japan

YearUniversity Co-operative MovementMain Social Events
2010Change of name of CIEC to Community for Innovation of Education and learning through Computers and communication networks
2008Announcement of university co-op's new logoChinese-made frozen dumplings poisoning incident
Enforcement of the revised Co-operative Society Law
2007The holding of University Co-op Conference on Dietary EducationRevision of Co-operative Society Law
2006Adoption of "Vision and Action Plan for the University Co-op in the 21st Century" by NFUCA's 50th General AssemblyStart of "One-segment" broadcast
Establishment of "Study Committee on Dietary Education of University Co-op" in NFUCALivedoor scandal
2005Start of "Reading Marathons Comments Prize"Expo 2005 Aichi Japan
Dispatch of mission to 2005 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) (New York, US)Passage of Postal Privatization Bill
Publication of a best-seller book “Co-op’s Mr. Shiraishi”Declining of Japanese population for the first time after World War II
Start of "Student Life Call 110" nationwide
Establishment of Inter-College Co-op Aichi
Publication of first issue of magazine "Job-hunting supplement"
2004Outspread of "Reading Marathons" campaign nationwideEstablishment of Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
Establishment of University Co-op Academic Conference Support CenterEstablishment of law school system
Establishment of Fukuoka Inter-College Co-op
The holding of Waku Waku Workshop as a joint program of International Solidarity Committee and International Students Network Secretary Committee
Publication of first issue of NFUCA's magazine "Campus Life"
2003Start of "Reading Marathons" in Chukyo University Co-op and Hose University Co-opOutbreak of Iraq war
2001NFUCA becomes a member of ICA11 September Attacks in the US
2000Establishment of International Students NetworkEnforcement of the Basic Law for Gender-equal Society
Establishment of Miyagi Inter-College Co-op and Kumamoto Inter-College Co-op Academia Issuance of 2,000 yen bills
1999Establishment of Hokuriku Business Association Now business associations covers the whole country
1998Establishment of JUON NETWORKNagano Olympic Games
1997Start of University co-op credit card "Tuo Card" 5% raise of consumption tax
1996Formation of Council for Improvement of Education through Computers (CIEC)Frequent O157 food poisoning
Construction of University Co-op Building (Suginami Kaikan) completed.Photo booth "Purikura" boom
1995Construction of temporary dormitory for students who are suffered by the great Hanshin-Awaji earthquakeGreat Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
Establishment of Osaka Inter-College Co-op establishedLaunching of "Windows 95"
1994Adoption of "Action plan and vision of the university co-op toward the 21st century" by NFUCA 38th General AssemblyOpening of Kansai International Airport
Establishment of ICA Consumer Sub-Committee on Univ./College Co-operatives for Asia and the PacificRelease of "PlayStation"
1993Start of "Standard Book Titles Activity" for booksOpening of J-League
Start of PC ConferenceForming of Hosokawa Mamoru Coalition cabinet Collapse of 1955 Regime
Establishment of Tokyo Inter-College Co-op
1992Establishment of "Study Assistance Program"Enforcement of Act on Childcare Leave
1991Collapse of the Bubble Economy
1990Start of examinations by National Center of University Entrance Examinations
Total fertility rate "1.57 shock"
1989Opening of accommodation and training facilities "Co-op Inn Kyoto"Death of Emperor Shōwa, beginning of the Heisei era
Start of 3% consumption tax
1986Adoption of "Towards new cooperative" by NFUCA 30th General AssemblyEnforcement of Act on Equal Opportunity and Treatment between Men and Women in Employment
Adoption of the slogan "University co-op contributes to make university attractive"The Bubble Economy
1985Establishment National Faculty/Graduate Student CommitteeStart of "Yuyake-Nyan-Nyan" broadcast
1983Release of "Family Computer" (NES)
1982Opening of accommodation and training facilities "Co-op Inn Shibuya"Launching of Japan's first CD Player by Sony
Dispatch of delegation to the 2nd Special Session on Disarmament of the United Nations General Assembly (SSD II)Issuance of 500 yen coins
Publication of booklet "Peace Now!"
1981Start of "University Cooperatives Mutual Aid""Somehow, Crystal" by Yasuo Tanaka hits the bestseller list
Start of peace movement "Peace Now!"
1980Adoption of ""Role and Present Challenges of University co-op"" by NFUCA 24th General Assembly “Opinion Cards” activity becomes more activeDeath of John Lennon
1979Start of university common primary examinations
1978Publication of "Recommendation of Self-Cooking" (by Tokyo Business Association)Opening of New Tokyo International Airport (now Narita International Airport).
Release of "President's Essay" by the President at the time Prof. Fukutake
1977Adoption of policy "To make university co-op widely and deeply rooted in campus" by NFUCA 20th General Assembly Pink Lady explodes in popularity
1974The 1st Oil Crisis
1973Completion of construction of ex-Building of University Co-op (Nakano-ku, Tokyo)
1972Publication of "University co-op Handbook" 1st editionUnited Red Army Asama Lodge Incident
Development of refrigerator as a university co-op brandReturning of Okinawa to Japanese administration
1970Establishment of Tokyo Business AssociationOpening of EXPO '70 in Osaka
First issue of book review journal “Dokusho-no-izumi" (Fountain of Reading)Mishima Incident
Development of audio tape as University co-op brand
1969University of Tokyo Yasuda Hall Event
1968Disputes in University of Tokyo
1964Tokyo Olympic Games
1963Start of "Survey on the Actual Life Conditions of Students"Start of Japan's first TV animation "Astro Boy" broadcasting
1959Registration of National Federation of University Co-operative AssociationsBeginning of protest against the revision of the United States-Japan Security Treaty
1958Incorporation of ZENGAKKYO and establishment of National Federation of University Co-operative Associations (NFUCA)Completion of construction of Tokyo Tower
Development of university notebook made of foolscap paper
1956Forming of National Liaison Committee of Consumer Organizations (SHODANREN)
Establishment of Japan Joint Committee of Co-operatives
1955The 1st World Conference against atomic and hydrogen bombs
1953Adoption and reconstruction of "For better life and peace" principle by ZENGAKKYOStart of television broadcasting in Japan
1951Forming of Japan Consumers' Co-operative Union
1949Start of joint purchasing of notebooksAcceptance of Nobel Prize by a Japanese, Hideki Yukawa, for the first time
Publication of book "Listen, Voices of Wadatsumi" by University of Tokyo Co-op
1948Publication of bulletin of "School Co-operative Association"Enactment of the Co-operative Society Law
1947Establishment of National Federation of School Co-operative Associations (ZENGAKKYO)Enforcement of Constitution of Japan
1946Establishment of university co-ops in the University of Tokyo, Waseda University and Keio University
1945End of Pacific War
1943
1941Outbreak of Pacific War
1939Dissolution of Tokyo Student Consumers' Union
1927Establishment of Tokyo Student Consumers' Union
1898Forming of a consumers' union at Doshisha University (the first university co-op in Japan)

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