Helping Japan's Co-ops Rebuild

Friday, 15 April 2011 21:02

By Joe Romano,

Marketing Manager

11-04-japanToday, I'm really scared of the rain.

—Tokyo resident speaking to reporters

About 16,000 years ago, the first civilizations began in Japan. These Mesolithic peoples lived in villages, practiced basic staple agriculture and cooked over fires using the oldest cookware found on Earth. These first communities shared ritual spaces, food preparation areas and even burial tracts.

Japan may also have had some of the earliest cooperatives, dating back to primitive credit and loan societies, or tanomoshi-ko, begun in medieval times. During the Edo period, beginning in the early 1600s, some people who were less economically powerful pooled their resources in mutual assistance groups. In the late 1700s, farmers set up rural credit unions culminating in the renowned Hotokusha, or "societies for returning virtue." These were true cooperatives that were created at just the same time as those of the Rochdale Pioneers.

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Who is Howard Bowers, Anyway?

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 01:23

By Joe Romano,

Marketing Manager

No American president has been elected from a place quite like Hyde Park… Obama might as well live at the corner of Liberal and Kumbaya.

—Peter Slevin, Washington Post Staff Writer

Every year in October, GreenStar raises money for the Howard Bowers Fund. We choose a day in Co-op Month, declare it Howard Bowers Day and urge shoppers to shop on that day because we donate one percent of our sales to the Howard Bowers Fund, plus whatever additional amount members are moved to donate.

Every year we get an overwhelming response — “Who is Howard Bowers?”

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  • By Brandon Kane,
General Manager

    greenstar-collegetown-store-300As I draft this update, GreenStar is only a short time away from closing on the loans that will fund our third cooperative market in Ithaca, slated to open in the late summer of 2016. The funding for this project offers a terrific example of the cooperati...

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