Outline and Operation of NFUCA

National Federation of University Co-operative Associations (NFUCA) has 220 university co-op members and more than 1.5 million individual members (students, graduate students and faculty). They invest by buying one share per member, use products and services of the co-op.

National Federation of University Co-operative Associations (NFUCA)
President: Prof. Motoo Furuta
Managing Director and CEO: Shinichi Maita CEO: Shinichi Maita

Member Co-ops
220 member co-ops (as of December 2015), comprising 204 university co-ops, 9 business associations, 6 intercollege co-ops and 1 federation (University Co-operatives Mutual Federation)
May 25, 1947: National School Co-operative Federation was established.
August 19, 1958: National School Co-operative Federation was incorporated and National Federation of University Co-operative Associations was established.
August 8, 1959: Registration was completed.
Supreme decision-making body: General Assembly
Board of Directors (43 members as of fiscal year 2016), Auditors (5 people as of fiscal year 2016)
Individual Members
1,541,514 (as of September 30, 2015)
Member Investment
965,760,000 yen (as of September 30, 2015)
Total Turnover of Member Co-ops
183,800,000 yen (fiscal year 2014)
Financial Year
October 1 to September 30 of the following year
Blocs (Branches)
Hokkaido Bloc: 14 members
Tohoku Bloc: 17 members
Tokyo Bloc: 72 members
Tokai Bloc: 21 members
Hokuriku Bloc: 7 members
Keiji-Nara Bloc: 19 members
Osaka-Hyogo-Wakayama Bloc: 26 members
Chugoku-Shikoku Bloc: 19 members
Kyushu Bloc: 25 members
Affiliated Company
University Co-op Business Center Co., Ltd., UCOM Inc.
Related Organizations
Community for Innovation of Education and learning through Computers and communication networks (CIEC), Juon Network
International Relation
  • ・Member of International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
  • ・Member of ICA Committee on University/Campus Co-operatives in the Asia and Pacific
  • ・Member of World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSETC)
  • ・Member of National Association of College Stores (NACS)
Description of Business (as described in Article 3, Articles of Association of NFUCA)
This federation shall carry out the following business in order to achieve the purposes as stipulated in Article 1.
  1. 1. Providing direction, carrying out communication and adjustment of members.
  2. 2. Carrying out communication and negotiation with various co-ops and international organizations, as well as other faculty staff and student organizations.
  3. 3. Carrying out activities to improve individual members’ life and culture.
  4. 4. Carrying out activities to improve members and officers and employees’ knowledge on university co-op’s business.
  5. 5. Carrying out surveys and research and provide general information necessary for member co-ops’ business.
  6. 6. Providing goods that are necessary for members’ business by purchasing goods and then process or not process them, or by producing goods for member co-ops.
  7. 7. Establishing facilities that can be used by member co-ops, individual members and officers and employees.
  8. 8. Carrying out travel business for individual members based on Travel Agency Act.
  9. 9. Carrying out any other business activities incidental thereto.

Operational Turnover by Product Category

University Co-op Facilitie

University Co-op Suginami Kaikan

University Co-op Koenji Kaikan

University Co-op Sendai Kaikan

University Co-op Tokai Kaikan

University Co-op Kobe Kaikan

University Co-op Osaka Kaikan

Co-op Inn Kyoto
Tel. 075-256-6600

Operations Based on Consumer Co-operatives Act and Articles of Incorporation

Consumer co-operatives in Japan are established and operated based on Consumer Co-operatives Act that was enacted and enforced in 1948. Articles of Incorporation were made in accordance with the actual situation of each co-op with reference to the example of articles of incorporation designed by Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare.

* Consumer Co-operatives Act was amended drastically in May 2007 after 59 years, and the revised act was enforced since April 2008.

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