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What is Fukui Co-operative Society
(Fukui Kenmin Seikatsu Kyōdō-Kumiai)?

Fukui Co-operative Society started out in 1977 as a local retail cooperative society to supply goods purchased on a bulk-order basis all over Fukui Prefecture. Its aim is to improve people’s lives by meeting the collective needs of its members and consolidating their purchasing power.
In 1978, the year after its foundation, the cooperative society received the official sanction of Fukui Prefecture and started full-scale operations with the aim of meeting its members’ needs and expectations.
Fukui Co-operative Society is a cooperative organization used, managed and capitalized by its members so that they can collectively seek to maintain and improve their health and welfare.

Purpose

The Co-operative Society serves the needs of its members and the local community.

Aims and structure

The Co-operative Society harnesses the synergies between its cooperative activities and local community networks to assure the provision of food, welfare and mutual assistance. Its commitment is to work ceaselessly, with the cooperation of its members, staff and the local community, to assure a safe and secure Fukui so that all can enjoy a long and healthy life.

Mission statement

So that our members can feel that their food purchases and lifestyles are assured, our cherished principles are “Safety and Assurance” “Participation in Planning” “Service” and “Sound management”.

For first-time users

Fukui Co-operative Society seeks to protect the lives and health of its members and the local community, and to improve their welfare. We aim to serve our members through six businesses and services, as well as various other activities.

Home delivery service of coop goods

We deliver goods ordered from our catalogues (mainly food products) once a week to members’ homes or other designated places.

Hearts (retail outlets)

Hearts stores sell coop goods and local and farm-fresh products. The aim is to support people’s health, lifestyles and family gatherings.

Life assistance

For those who need assistance for daily shopping and cooking, we deliver food and ready-to-eat meals using our mobile stores and home delivery services, or we do the shopping for them.

Mutual aid

Mutual aid is there to help in case of injury, sickness and natural disasters. It takes the shape of a basic insurance plan for all family members with monthly payments starting from 1,000 yen.

“Hearts Kids” – help with child-care

We support parents by providing temporary child-care and nursing facilities at our Children’s Plazas (Kosodate Hiroba), which provide a safe space for families and children to be themselves and feel at home.

Nursing care for the elderly

We provide the elderly with nursing care services according to their individual healthcare and lifestyle needs, working in close cooperation with local communities.

“Mirei” – funeral services

Our “Mirei” funeral services assure a ceremony that will meet the highest standards.

Kirameki Support service

We help when you need it if you run into a problem in your daily life.

Message from our President

As the impact of COVID-19 continued throughout the business year of 2021, we were forced to adjust ourselves to the rapid changes in the society such as our lifestyles and work arrangements.

For the first year of the 10th Medium-Term Plan, we have set the slogan of “New Challenges to Achieve the Vision in 2030”. As for the supplying service: we started operating COOP Yorei Butsuryu Center (a cold chain logistic center), improved the convenience by releasing COOP Takuhai App (delivery order application), refurbished Usui delivery station to a drive-through typed station, offering slow shopping in our retail stores, added new functions to Hearts App (retail store application), established a new operation in Kurashino Support Center (a life assistance center), added more delivery days, expanded areas for meal delivery service, and enhanced the shopping support service by renewing Hearts no Otsukaisan (Shopping agent service). Regarding the welfare business, we obtained the status as one of the regional comprehensive support centers by Echizen city, and lowered the minimum age for temporary childcare support service to 10 months old. In the area of mutual aid business, we extended the maturity age of the junior course to 30 years old.

As we made further cooperation with the community, we received Best Consumer Support Award, and also concluded Comprehensive Partnership Agreement with Ono City to cooperate in de-carbonization and promotion of women’s advancement. In our other activities, we continued to support local community by undertaking Fukui prefecture’s project model of food bank. We also assisted university students who were suffering financially under the influence of COVID-19 by providing food. We are deeply grateful for our members’ support and cooperation for those achievements.

“Compassion for People and Community” is slogan for the business year of 2022, the second year of 10th Medium-Term Plan. In the area of supply business, we’ve been expanding the users of e-friends (online home delivery system) by promoting Takuhai App (home delivery application), adopt next-generation payment systems: fully self-service registers and smartphone payment, and online supermarket system. Regarding the welfare business, we will open a group home and serviced housing for the elderly in Tannan Kirameki (nursing home). The mutual aid is starting its online consultation. As for renewable energy business, we are going to continue preparing for the operation of the small hydropower plant in 2025 and start installing self-consumed solar power generators. We have concluded cooperation agreement with Fukui Administrative Scrivener Association, and have raised funds for emergency fundraising for Ukraine in April. We are going to embrace the experiences and resources which we have for our community. In the terms of COVID-19, we will make all our efforts to ensure the infection control measures.

We will continue to strive “For the Happiness of our Members and for our Local Communities” in the 2022.

Thank you.
President Mikio Matsumiya

Financial Report

1. Profit and loss statement for April 1, 2020 ~ March 31, 2021
(¥ thousands)

  Results for Fiscal 2020 Business divisions
Home delivery business Store business Mutual aid business Welfare business
Total income 26,377,41613,245,74110,777,766239,2602,114,647
Sales income 23,866,38413,098,07210,768,311  
Sales income surplus 6,476,3293,624,7842,851,545  
Welfare business income 2,001,657   2,001,657
Welfare business cost 1,603,952   1,603,952
Welfare business surplus 397,705   397,705
Other business income 509,375147,6689,454239,260112,990
Total surplus 7,383,4093,772,4522,861,000239,260510,695
Business expenses 6,995,643 
Personnel expenses2,786,184
Non-personnel expenses4,259,458
Business surplus387,766
Non-business income137,626
Non-operating expenses7,978
Current surplus517,414
Extraordinary gain18,647
Extraordinary loss71,826
Current surplus before tax464,236
Corporation tax183,745
Current surplus280,491
Surplus at the beginning of current period11,477
Reversal of reserve fund9,594
Current unappropriated surplus301,562

2. Financial status
[as of March 31, 2021 (¥ thousands)]

AssetsDebt
ItemsCurrent unappropriated balance ItemsBalance at the end of the year
I. Liquid assets III. Liquid debt
Cash and deposit3,618,923 Total liquid debt4,096,340
Supply accounts receivable709,152 IV. Fixed debt
merchandise277,925 Fixed debt262,340
Other liquid assets960,885 Total debt4,358,681
Provision for bad debts▲11,250 V. Union members’ funds
Total liquid assets5,555,636 Share capital9,695,465
II. Fixed assets VI. Surplus
Tangible fixed assets10,196,838 Legal reserve capital2,643,200
Intangible fixed assets447,788 Voluntary reserve790,464
Other fixed assets1,589,110 Unappropriated surplus for the current year301,562
Total fixed assets12,233,736 (current surplus of which)(280,491)
   Surplus3,735,227
   Total pure assets13,430,692
total17,789,373 total17,789,373

Corporate Profile

Name Fukui Kenmin Seikatsu Kyōdō Kumiai (Fukui Co-operative Society)
Head office 5-1603, Kaihotsu, Fukui City, Fukui 910-8557, Japan.
Number of union members 162,665 (household subscription rate: 55.7%)
Capital ¥9,695,465,000-
Net income ¥26,377,416,000-
Current surplus ¥517,414,000-
Full-time executive officers
President (Representative Director)
MATSUMIYA, Mikio
- General Director
Executive Director (Representative Director)
NAKAGAWA, Atsushi
- Director of internal bureaus and supervisor of delivery service, and mutual aid
Managing Director
HIROTSUJI, Mitsuo
- Supervisor of management, welfare and organization
Full-time Director
NAKAGAWA, Masahiro
- Supervisor of life-support businesses
Full-time Director
NOMURA, Shinichi
- Supervisor of retail stores
Business premises Four delivery service centers, 11 stores, 12 nursing homes for the elderly, nine childcare support centers, head office
Number of employees 1625 (360 full-time employees, 1265 part-time employees)

As of March 31, 2021.