公益社団法人 東京青年会議所(東京JC)

公益社団法人 東京青年会議所

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Annual Slogan/Basic Policy

Updated on January 1, 2018

Annual Slogan

Our Sense of Mission as “Number 1” Building the Global City “Tokyo” with Virtuous Cycles

Basic Policy

Creation of Local Community Strength Leveraging International Opportunities

When compared with international standards, our communities face many issues that need addressing, but being chosen as the host of the international event, the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics, is a major turning point for us. At the same time, as young business people, we have been assigned the mission of rolling out activities that do not simply resolve issues, but also have an impact on the future from a broad perspective and, as such, we must continue having an influence in our local community. With our close proximity to communities, we will take advantage of this current era to the fullest extent possible and create the global city “Tokyo.”

Enrichment of Education as in Investment in the Future

Enrichment of education as an “investment in the future” is absolutely essential to creating the Tokyo of the future and with this in mind, we will create a virtuous cycle of community-based, school-based and home-based education. In order for our activities to spread widely in Tokyo, members themselves must participate with an understanding of the true substance of our policies and activities. In addition, in order to “do what must be done” in limited time, we will sort activities, uphold traditions that should be upheld, change what should be changed and fulfill our mission as youths of the present era.

Policy Literacy with a Clear Picture of Substance

Tokyo is a city at the center of a rapidly changing economic climate influenced by technological innovation and changes in international affairs, environmental changes involving politics and an inundation of information. As the young business people that live in such a city, we must roll out activities that consider the future and involve the community, groups and individuals armed with literacy in both political and economic policy. Through verifying the accomplishments and issues created through activities, we aim to propose concrete solutions like only JCI Tokyo can and create the global city “Tokyo” that functions as both the political and economic hub of Tokyo Metropolis.

Unlimited Potential Possible with Organizational Liaison

In our daily JC activities, we are constantly growing by offering mutual opportunities. Moreover, the scope of our activities is broad, and we can gain opportunities for growth in a variety of scenes, from local communities to the world. Furthermore, if we look overseas, we can see it is possible to create societal change through collaboration with a high number of relevant organizations. Whilst further strengthening the potential created through people connecting with people, as well as collaborative relationships both in Japan and abroad, we will fully maximize the opportunities we possess by offering them on an equal basis.

Message from the Chairman of the Junior Chamber of Tokyo, FY2018 Kazutaka Ishikawa

Our Sense of Mission as “Number 1” Building the Global City “Tokyo” with Virtuous Cycles

The Junior Chamber of Tokyo was the first Local Organization Member (LOM) the be established in Japan, and as such received the LOM certification number of “1”. To have a “sense of mission” means to live life constantly asking oneself “what can I accomplish in my limited lifetime?” and “how should I live as a human being?” In 1949, not long after the end of WW2, our forefathers began to build a new Japan with strong aspirations. Please try to imagine this city that we call home a charred wasteland. Now please try to imagine Japanese youths filled with a sense of mission despite being surrounded by such a scene. That sense of mission must have been tremendous and served as the driving force behind forging a bright and abundant society. We are able to carry on that unwavering sense of mission. This is because, the founding sense of mission that is the source of Japan’s junior chambers’ activities “Building a new Japan is up to us, its youths” has been part of our organization’s fiber for 68 years. As members of the Junior Chamber of Tokyo, we will possess a sense of mission as “Number 1” to create a virtuous cycle and present the global city “Tokyo” to the world as we lead Japan in forging a bright and abundant society.

For Realization of a Bright and Abundant Society

In order to realize a bright and abundant society, we have more than one issue to grapple with. A myriad of issues exist, including a declining birthrate and aging society, an economy aiming to fully break away from deflation, education as an investment in the future and international issues as the global city “Tokyo.” JCI Tokyo is pushing ahead with social change action to tackle many of these issues and as such must possess an awareness of “policy – planning – implementation.” When planning action, it is important to plan a policy based on evidence, formulate a theory and refer to concrete social experiment. It is also necessary to create a virtuous cycle by ensuring the accomplishments of our action reaches government so that the power of politics brings change to social systems and ultimately leads to local community development. Contributing to local community development leads to gains for that community and gains for the Tokyo community directly translate to gains for our country. Our action is not formulated on ideas alone. Let us power through our young years implementing JCI Tokyo’s social change action aimed at realization of a bright and abundant future with an unwavering sense of mission that sets an example for the rest of Japan and the world.

The Year 2020 as JCI Tokyo’s Golden Opportunity

Only two years remain until the global sporting event that is the Olympic Games is held in Tokyo. Success of this international competition will naturally vitalize Japan but it is also an opportunity for the global city “Tokyo” to achieve further growth. It is the perfect opportunity to enhance our city’s strengths in many tangible and intangible aspects focused on culture, education and the economy and turn Tokyo into one of the most advanced cities in the world. If JCI Tokyo proactively and persistently involves itself in this new development process for Tokyo from the preparation phase until the post-Olympics phase, it will result in a variety of benefits for our organization. For example action in collaboration with other organizations able to promote positive change in our socioeconomic structure which is a substantial foundation and action that contributes to the success of the Olympics will help JCI Tokyo to further establish our brand and increase membership. Moreover, JCI Tokyo’s strong involvement will be an inspiration for the other 695 local organization members in Japan. Let’s possess a sense of mission to lead Japan and the world by bringing about change to our great city through contributing to the Olympics and Paralympics and make the most of this opportunity.

Young Citizens Solving International Society’s Issues

JC Yokohama has begun activities to be appointed as the venue of the 2020 JCI World Congress. As a fellow organization based in the same Kanto region, JCI Tokyo must make a strong commitment to the JCI World Congress in order to welcome our comrades from across the globe. We believe that we must seize this chance for Japan to be the venue of the 2020 JCI World Congress as a wonderful opportunity to liaise with the international organization that is JCI and cooperate with JCs from other countries so that we may create even more avenues to solve the issues international society faces. Furthermore, we believe the friendships formed through interacting with world members will result in meaningful, productive participation in councils and actions on a global scale In FY2017, JCI Tokyo entered into a sister arrangement with JCI Central. A sister arrangement is not a goal, but a starting point. In FY2018, in order to enrich our relationships with the 6 LOM sister JCs established to date, we will use opportunities such as ASPAC, APICC and world congresses to engage in dialogue with the LOMs of each country on the topic of solving international society’s issues with emphasis on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Then, by establishing common goals with each country and sharing the results of social experiments conducted in each locality, we will create sustainable action that contributes to world peace. Through fully leveraging the JCI network and connecting with JC members across the globe, let us begin walking down the path to eternal world peace.

Education Rebuilding as the Child-raising Generation

In 2017, the Japanese government announced new curriculum guidelines and these will be fully implemented in elementary schools in 2020 and junior high schools in 2021. Moreover, from 2018, morals will be added as a new subject in elementary schools. The Japanese government has declared a policy of “a revolution in human resources development” and is pushing forward with initiatives to make early childhood education free and promote recurrent education. Positioning education as “an investment for the future” Japan is steadily progressing with system reforms to enrich education. However, the education of children is not established by changing the system alone. A child’s very first teachers are its parents. Therefore, the effectiveness of investment for the future is dramatically improved if the adults who are parents of children create a foundation for life-long learning at the same time as a virtuous cycle of learning through school, home and community training is established. As the generation that raises children, we have a responsibility to ascertain the current status and issues with school education during the migration period to the new teaching curriculum and establish community education through learning how to educate our children within the family unit, which is the foundation for creating the strength to live. Let’s create a virtuous cycle of education from our homes, schools and communities in order to breed role models of education rebuilding from Tokyo.

Aiming for Economic Regeneration as Young, Business people

JCI Tokyo is a group of young, business people. But how many of us understand economic frameworks? The Japanese world for economy “Keizai” derives from a Chinese phrase meaning “to give to the world and save people”. This is indeed what politicians should focus on rather than “management” and “giving to Tokyo to save its citizens” is precisely what Tokyo city politics should be about. We, JCI Tokyo, must accurately understand Tokyo’s economy in order to pass free and unbiased judgment on economic policy from the perspective of young business people as we have a responsibility to help improve Tokyo’s economy. Even in regards to the productivity revolution and regional Japan revitalization initiatives being rolled out by the government, we believe that the management members of small-medium businesses who live in Tokyo will raise the standards of Japan’s economy. If management of SMBs understand the content of the government’s productivity revolution and identifies success stories and new issues through leading such initiatives, it would be possible to ascertain the good effects and problems of such a movement as feedback from the frontline. Sharing these effects and problems with other members and presenting proposals to the government is precisely what our mission should be as the Junior Chamber that implements action in Tokyo. Moreover, we believe that sharing the government’s useful information and leveraging our 695-member, nationwide JC network, we can create new values in the resulting business development and human resource matching between Tokyo and other regions. First, let us refresh our awareness of economic frameworks, improve productivity through business management and contribute to the development of our local economy in order to make the global city “Tokyo” that will produce a virtuous cycle for the whole of Japan.

Establishment of a Network for Participation in Politics

As a result of the 2017 election of members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, citizens of Tokyo have become familiar with the term “the Great Tokyo Reform.” The election was heavily covered by the media, and no doubt a vast number of Tokyo citizens examined each proposed policy closely, or in other words, possessed high policy literacy to ensure they voted with a firm understanding of Tokyo government’s future direction. Moreover, after the dissolution of the House of Representatives on September 28th 2017, the 48th general election of members of the House of Representatives was held in the following month of October. In this election, many Japanese citizens decided that the answer was a political party that placed importance on constitutional reform and this proposal increased the possibility of a national referendum being held. The power to exercise national sovereignty and possession of political literacy should not be limited to students but strengths required of all people who call Japan home. The quality of a government reflects the quality of its citizens and if people address politics with good political literacy, the quality of a government will improve naturally. In other words, if the policy literacy of Tokyo citizens improved, so too would the quality of the Tokyo Metropolis government – thus creating a virtuous cycle. Let us continue to examine the answer that the citizens of Tokyo decided on in the election of members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly and the answer that Japanese citizens decided on in the election of members of the House of Representatives as well have our own interpretation of our Constitution as the basis of our country so that we may create a foundation to face politics head on.

Our Brand is Built by Our Entire Organization

JCI Tokyo’s brand cannot be established by one committee meeting, nor can it be established in a single year. The value of our JCI Tokyo brand is entirely reliant on how Tokyo citizens come to regard us after we ensure that all of our social change actions planned at each gathering and committee meeting has had a major impact on Tokyo and that our compelling members continue to communicate the strength of our organization. Hence, our branding is determined by our ability to strategically communicate the results of our actions that have triggered social change and become an entity recognized by the community, government and private organizations. In order to increase the added value of our brand, it is essential that we engage in action for social change that accurately grasps citizens’ needs and raise our ability to disseminate information on our actions. Let us unite as an organization to communicate our high-impact actions and appeal so that we may further strengthen the value of the JCI Tokyo brand.

Creating a Foundation for Action-Building

We believe the most essential factors for action-building are social background, aim and future vision. Creating the following line of thinking is imperative to strengthening an organization’s strength – Accurately grasp underlying issues of a community and develop an hypothesis regarding what type of society it will become in the future, then conduct policy planning and social experiments. Then, horizontally deployment of the results obtained through social experimentation in Tokyo’s overall actions, extract case studies necessary to change social systems and propose these to federal and local administrations. Moreover, as we are engaging in action as the organization that is the Junior Chamber, we must build projects with an understanding of our organization’s approach. As such, we believe it is necessary to implement the Active Citizen Framework with a solid understanding of the JCI creed, mission and vision. In FY2018 we will refer to JCI Course as a standard and create individual concrete training schemes to be able to utilize the Active Citizen Framework in actual action. Let’s learn a methodology for project-building that creates a foundation for action which will lead Japan and the world from Tokyo and thoroughly reinforce the base of JCI Tokyo’s actions.

Expansion for Improving Organizational Strength

Expansion cannot be achieved in a single year. It is necessary to create a system for “expansion and enrichment” with consideration to the next five or, ten years. The average membership duration for members in all Japan’s Jaycees is four years and five months. Therefore there is limited time to understand our organization, accumulate “discipline” in their roles, then play an active role while learning about leadership through hands-on experience. As such, in FY2018, we will create the foundation of a structure for an expansion of the entry point for membership candidates specifically and enhancement for members with a low participation level, then join these to achieve overall expansion. By establishing action to entice membership candidates to join JCI Tokyo and promoting self-growth of new members through actions to thoroughly grasp the significance and approach of our organization, we will be able to welcome new membership candidates to our organization. This kind of virtuous organization cycle is precisely what’s necessary for enhancement that ensures we continue to flourish into the future. Through this enhancement that seeks to enrich quality and quantity, let’s increase the JCI Tokyo’s membership to 1000 members for solid organizational strength.

Collaboration with External Affairs as “Number 1” LOM

JCI Tokyo is the origin of all actions by Junior Chamber organizations, and even though Japan now has a total of 695 LOMs nationwide, we must continue to fulfill our responsibility as the pioneer LOM. We firmly believe that assuming this responsibility and being able to set examples for other Japanese LOMs are key elements of our external affairs. The purpose of external affairs is to achieve smooth interaction between other JC organizations in Japan and the world and create the basis of network-building for our organization. We also believe building an intimate network is an urgent priority to ensure fine-tuned response in the case of emergencies and disasters. External affairs provide a golden opportunity to set examples as JCI Tokyo and that aim is extremely important. Then, through engaging in external affairs, we believe it is important to gain an understanding of actions being promoted by the Junior Chambers of Japan and the world and, if any of these actions seem necessary for Tokyo, launch social experiments for them with speed. In FY2018, let’s possess a strong awareness of collaboration with other Junior Chambers both in Japan and overseas as a pioneer LOM and elevate ourselves to an organization that works with members across the nation and throughout the globe.

Aiming for an Action that Surpasses Wanpaku Sumo

Wanpaku Sumo has become a permanent feature of JC since it was begun over forty years ago in 1977. It has been a way for children to learn culture, spirit, the joy of winning and the frustration of losing as Japanese, and our members have in turn learnt a great deal from this grassroots action. What is the goal of this flagship action? Also, is Wanpaku Sumo as it is currently an action for social change? Precisely because it is a traditional, ongoing project, we must confirm that the true essence of Wanpaku Sumo is being conveyed to community participants and verify that it is what the community wants, then change direction to suit. The current members are a group of youths whose mission is not to continue upholding tradition and history but rather engage in action with a sense of mission for social change benefiting Tokyo. We believe there is a need to reflect upon the processes through which Wanpaku Sumo was conceived and fully grasp the current social background then tackle new issues head on. Uphold traditions that should be upheld. Change what should be changed. As young citizens of the present, let’s fulfill our responsibility to create new action needed by society and sought by communities.

To Communicate Action to All JCI

At the 2017 JCI World Congress held in Amsterdam, JCI Tokyo received the Outstanding Inter-Organization Collaboration Project Award in the JCI Awards. The award ceremonies held both in Japan and overseas at ASPAC, national tournaments and world congresses are not just a matter of having JCI Tokyo’s actions evaluated and rejoicing upon receiving an award. These are also opportunities to gauge whether the action plan we executed actually addressed a community’s problems, what impact we had on the community, and what changes arose in the community as a result so that we can re-verify the application process and continue raising the quality of our projects. Moreover, these award ceremonies are also prime opportunities to communicate our action to our comrades in Japan and overseas and apply our solutions to countries and communities facing the same issues. We believe that each award ceremony is our chance to a great many members about the actions conceived through the knowledge and wisdom of Junior Chambers throughout the world and obtain new perspectives and values. In order to utilize JCI’s network and convey JCI Tokyo’s actions to even more Junior Chambers, it is essential that we are not just nominated, but also honored with an award. First, let’s verify each awarded project and create manuals summarizing the framework to receive awards and ensure we do so on an ongoing basis so that we can be an organization that has a positive effect on the Junior Chambers of the world.

A Sense of Mission for 70 Years

In 2019, JCI Tokyo will celebrate its 70th year since formation. It is an undeniable fact that we were able to meet our comrades and contribute to the community as JCI Tokyo members thus achieving self-growth thanks to the efforts of our predecessors in promoting JCI Tokyo activities. As the active generation, even if we change the type of actions we promote to suit changing social circumstances, we must never forget the sense of mission as the pioneer Junior Chamber in Japan nor lose respect for the accomplishments of our predecessors. In 2018, we will peruse the sense of mission that existed in each era respectively and our history to date, and communicate this to our comrades in the many LOMs throughout Japan. After this, we will prepare a commemoration event in order to express our appreciation to all those who have contributed to JCI Tokyo to date. Let’s plan our 70th anniversary together in order to continue passing down our sense of mission for all eternity.

Being a Bloc Council as an Organization

Let us look back at 1975 when JCI Tokyo had been a bloc council for just one year. At the time, we had a thousand members. The bloc council was formed due to the desire to expand to an even larger LOM with 200 members in each of Tokyo’s 23 districts and 400 in the downtown area, making a grand total of 5000. That wish of the early bloc council that existed during the prosperous times of JCI Tokyo is no doubt why we became what we are today. We must once again think hard about what kind of bloc council we should be and propel ourselves forward to become a Junior Chamber capable of producing results. We feel we must convert the accomplishments and verification content of 2018’s action, expansion and enhancement into something prosperous for organizational reforms from the following year onwards so let us face ourselves as JCI Tokyo that doesn’t “pass down tradition” but possesses a “sense of mission” and carry that on into the future.

Strengthening Individual Ability

We are young people with responsibilities to our families, our companies and our community. Through repeated discipline as a member of a Junior Chamber and constant self-growth, we can create various virtuous cycles around us. Self-growth through discipline creates a new sense of value, and interacting with our families possessing this new sense of value creates virtuous cycles, whilst incorporating the knowledge and wisdom we have gained through JC activities in our company’s business helps to develop our companies. Economic development of our companies leads on to community development. Through balancing our duties as Jaycee, our families and our professional life, we are able to create virtuous cycles for our community. In other words, our self-growth itself is one step towards realizing a bright and abundant future. Self-growth is not about comparing oneself to others, but thinking about the ideal version of ourselves compared to the person we are now and noting any discord created. In order to create a virtuous cycle of protecting our families, helping our company business to grow and triggering community development, let us all refine our individual abilities.

Conclusion

Be Unprecedented Youths

Unprecedented means to “do something none has ever accomplished before.” Our members, the youth, are not expected to be beautiful and perfect in everything they do. Instead, it is important to set an example of boldly challenging ourselves to make a better Tokyo for the youths of the future. To set that example, we must have a sense of mission and always be unprecedented in order to give meaning to our organization as a collection of young business people.

With our sense of mission as “Number 1”, let us live out our youth until the age of 40 in an unprecedented way. Because on the horizon there undoubtedly awaits a major metropolis of Tokyo that will lead the world.

Kazutaka Ishikawa