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CUPE is in Japan - participating in a first ever international meeting hosted by the Japan International Labour Federation (JILAF).

JILAF invited a group of 11 labour activists from around the world to learn about the Japanese labour movement and to talk share knowledge and expertise about the growing pandemic of HIV/AIDS that is threatening communities and workplaces around the globe.

The delegation, including CUPE staff member Corina Crawley who attended to report on the Labour Forum on AIDS hosted this summer by the CLC, is visiting with union leaders and government officials for information exchange.

One reason the largest Japanese Labour Central (JTUC-RENGO) initiated this tour, was so that they could learn about what work is being done on HIV AIDS in the union movement elsewhere in the world, as they begin to formulate their own strategy and position on the issues, both locally and on the global stage.

Learning about Japanese culture, politics and history has filled the first few days of the program.