Mrs. Kamiyama Michiko from Food Safety Citizens’ Watch was one of the recipients of the Avon Awards to Women in 2008. The prestigious prize has been awarded since 1979 to opinion leaders, welfare activists, volunteers, scientists, politicians and writers.
Mrs. Kamiyama was awarded the Avon Prize for 30 years of activities connected with food safety. Food Safety Citizens’ Watch was established in April 2003 as a network of experts to monitor developments and make proposals to the government regarding food safety issues from the citizen’s point of view.
Consumers Union of Japan participated in the International Conference on Consumer Policy, held in Tokyo on September 9, 2008. The theme was “The Future of Consumer Policy for a Globalized Society” and over 200 people attended. We were glad to hear Consumer International’s president Samuel Ochieng speak about consumer rights. He also noted the importance of consumer representation in national, regional and international consumer policy forums.
A regional/international consumer policy must
– be credible, high common level of consumer protection
– Be effectively enforced at the national level
– effectively engage consumer organisations
– integrate consumer interests in other policies
– Empower consumers
At the very end of the conference, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda appeared briefly to congratulate the participants and shake hand with each of the speakers. The conference was organized by the Cabinet Office of the Japanese government.