INTRODUCTION



INTRODUCTION TO JOSHRC

Japan Occupational Safety and Health Resource Center (JOSHRC)
Z Bldg. 5F, 7-10-1 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-0071, Japan
FAX: 81-3-3636-3881
E-mail joshrc@jca.ax.apc.org


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OUTLINE

JOSHRC was formed in 1990 while the Sohyo Occupational Safety Center and Sohyo, which was Japan's largest nation wide federation of labour unions, were disbanding. Since its formation, it has been carrying out its role as a nation wide information center on occupational safety and health issues.

Moreover,the JOSHRC has often expressed its opinions on amendaments of labour laws, and the staff have actively visited many labour unions, giving advice or recommmendations for improvement of their working conditions and environment, in co-operation with ergonomists,hygienists and physicians supporting JOSHRC.

In 1990, JOSHRC made the following declaration : The downward trend has leveled off for accidents and big disasters involving many deaths and injuries which have been frequent recently. In addition, aging of labour force, new technological innovation, and growth of the service sector, all have brought drastic changes in the method of work and the working environment. Automazation and computerization of many job processes has been burdening workers with physical and mental stress. Cases of muscloskeltal diseases like lumbago and occupational neck and upper limb disorders (repetitive strain injury) are increasing due to a static load on the muscles.

There are annually more than 5,000 new chemicals introduced into workplaces, even though they are not thoroughly tested regarding their dangerous properties. On the other hand, asbestos-related diseases are still common occupational diseases, and community outbreaks have been reported in some areas where factories deal with asbestos.

Subcontractors, firms occupying lower tiers in multilevel production structures, exist in many forms in Japan. Most of them are deeply fixed in their parent or chief purchase companies. Working conditions and environment in such subcontractors are undoubtedly poorer than those in their parent factories. The unionization rate today is estimated at less than 25%. The rate of small and medium enterprises containing subcontractor factories is particularly lower than that of large enterprises.

The number of foreign migrant workers who overstay the time limit stipulated in their visas continues to rise, they are often called gillegalhworkers. Illegal only means in terms of the immigration regulations, however, the wordgillegalhstamped on them causes them problems which often go so far as to jeopardize their basic human rights. Under these circumstances, a growing number of workers expect much of JOSHRC, and JOSHRC has decided not to disappoint them.

STRUCTURE AND FINANCE...

JOSHRC has been financially supported by 21 regional occupational safety and health centers as well as supporting members comprising of ergonomists, hygienist, physicians, lawyers and other organizations like labour unions. The JOSHRC board of directors and the regional centers meet on a regular bases to decide action plans, and the supporting members can attend the meeting.

JOSHRC holds a meeting with supporting academic members to discuss many problems related to occupational safety and health every three months.

Working Environment and Poluution Broblems, No. 4, Winter 1993



BOARD MEMBERS OF JOSHRC

Chairman:
INOUE Hiroshi (Subchairman, Association of Occupational Safety and Health for PPrefectural and Municipal Workers / ex-Labour Inspector)
Subcahirman:
TEMMYO Yoshiomi (Doctor / A Chairman, Association of Institutions for Community and Occupational Health Care)
HAMADA Yoshihiko (Director, Kochi Occupational Safety and Health Center)
HIRAOKA Akimaru (Secretary General, Ohita Occupational Safety and Health Center)
Scretary General:
FURUYA Sugio (JOSHRC)
Vice-Secretary:
NISHINO Masanobu (Secretary General, Kansai-Area Occupational Safety and Health Center)
IIDA Katsuyasu (Secretary General, Tokyo Eastern Area Occupational Safety and Health Center)
International Section:
KAWAMOTO Hiroyuki (Kanagawa Occupational Safety and Health Center)
IKEDA Rie (Kanagawa Occupational Safety and Health Center)
IWATA Kenji ( Kansai-Area Occupational Safety and Health Center)

New chairman of JOSHRC
Mr. Masazumi Harada, M.D., Ph.D., Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics, Kumamoto University School of Medicine, chairman of JOSHRC, has been replaced by Mr. Hiroshi Inoue. Mr. Inoue had been an official of the Labor Standards Inspection Office for over 30 years before becoming anadvisor to trade unions on occupational safety and health. (Oct. 1997)



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JOSHRC LOCAL NETWORK

2 Niigata Occupational Safety and Health Center
3 Tokyo Occupational Safety and Health Center
4 Santama Occupational Safety and Health Center
5 Santama Association of Occupational Safety and Health
6 Kanagawa Occupational Safety and Health Center
7 Shimizu Occupational Safety and Health Center
8 Kyoto Occupational Safety and Health Center
9 Kansai-Area Occupational Safety and Health Center
10 Amagasaki Occupational Safety and Health Center
11 Kansai-Area Association of Occupational Safety and Health
12 Hiroshima Occupational Safety and Health Center
13 Tottori Occupational Safety and Health Center
14 Ehime Worker's Board Against Occupational Hazards and Diseases
15 Kochi Occupational Safety and Health Center
16 Kumamoto Occupational Safety and Health Center
17 Ohita Occupational Safety and Health Center
18 Ex-Matsuo Mine Victims Association
19 Association of Occupational Safety and Health for PPrefectural and Municipal Workers
**Observer**
20 Fkushima Occupational Safety and Health Center
21 Yamaguchi Occupational Safety Center


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Japan Occupational Safety and Health Resource Center (JOSHRC)
Z Bldg. 5F, 7-10-1 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-0071, Japan
FAX: 81-3-3636-3881