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Japanese mutual aid organization enhances development with container platform

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Japan CO-OP Mutual Aid Consumers’ Co-operative Association (JCIF)  is a compensatory insurance organization that pays mutual aid to its members in the event of illness or injury.


To improve its services—including policyholder support and applications—JCIF sought to replace its monolithic legacy infrastructure with flexible, cost-effective, and efficient application development.


JCIF used Red Hat OpenShift to create a Kubernetes-based application environment using Linux containers. The organization worked with Red Hat Support to optimize its deployment, from container creation to performance tuning and log setting. During the initial consultation, system design, and development phases, JCIF also worked closely with ITOCHU Techno-Solutions (CTC), a Red Hat Advanced Business Partner.


  • Replaced server-by-server approach with container-level flexibility
  • Improved time to market for customer-facing websites and in-demand features
  • Established flexible scalability to more easily and cost-effectively respond to traffic increases

"In our search for a product that will offer agility and flexibility, we introduced Red Hat OpenShift as our web systems infrastructure, and it performed as expected."

Ken Kawazoe
Manager, Web Systems Development Department, Development Division,
Japan Co-op Insurance Consumers’ Co-operative Federation (JCIF)