Outline and Operation of NFUCA

National Federation of University Co-operative Associations (NFUCA) has 214 university co-op members and more than 1.55 million individual members (students, graduate students, faculty members and staff). 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. Shinichi Shogenji
Managing Director & CEO: Ichiro Nakamori
Member Co-ops

214 member co-ops (as of December 2020), comprising 205 university co-ops, 2 business
associations, 6 intercollege co-ops and 1 federation (University Co-operatives Mutual Federation)

May 25, 1947: National School Co-operative Federation is established.
August 19, 1958: National School Co-operative Federation is incorporated and National
Federation of University Co-operative Associations is established.
August 8, 1959: Registration is completed.
Supreme decision-making body: General Assembly
Board of Directors (42 members as of FY 2020)
Board of Auditors (6 members as of FY 2020)
Individual Members
1,556,405 (as of September 30, 2020)
Member Investment
970,500,000 yen (as of September 30, 2020)
Total Turnover of Member Co-ops
178,100,000,000 yen (FY 2019)
Financial Year
October 1 to September 30 of the following year
Regional Blocks (Branches)
Hokkaido Block: 14 members
Tohoku Block: 17 members
Tokyo Block: 72 members
Tokai Block: 21 members
Kansai Hokuriku Block: 49 members
Chugoku-Shikoku Block: 20 members
Kyushu Block: 25 members
Affiliated Companies
University Co-op Business Center Co., Ltd.
Related Organizations
Community for Innovation of Education and learning through Computers and communication networks (CIEC)
Juon Network
University Co-op Scholarship Foundation
International Affiliations
International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
ICA-AP Committee on Co-operatives in Educational Institutions (ICEI)
World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSETC)
National Association of College Stores (NACS)
Description of Business (as described in Article 3, Articles of Incorporation 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 Facilities

University Co-op Suginami Kaikan

University Co-op Koenji Kaikan

University Co-op Sendai Kaikan

University Co-op Tokai Kaikan

Co-op Inn Kyoto

■ 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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