Nonprofits in Japan


Overview of Civic Activities and "NPOs" in Japan

Legal Framework

Different Legal Status of Nonprofit Organizations in Japan

About NPO Law

Its History, Significance, and Brief Content

Size and Scope of NPOs

Detailed information on Specified Nonprofit Corporations

Key Understanding

Key concepts that create enabling and supportive environment for nonprofits

Q & A

Collection of frequently asked questions about Japanese nonprofit organizations


Useful information on learning more about Japanese nonprofits and civil society


Local Cuisine Galore! A High School Student Restaurant

activities/ voice of a nonprofit

April 22, 2016 

Women: Lead the Way to Righting the Work/ Life Imbalance in Japan

Essays: Civil Society in Japan

by Yoshiko Ugawa

February 26, 2016 

Stories from Tohoku

Five years after 3.11- the struggles of Fukushima’s farmers continue

Tohoku Interview: Fukushima & Farmers

May 13, 2016 

How Do We Build the Communities We Want, Together? : Kohaku Future Center Part1

Tohoku Interview: Community Building

April 06, 2016 

How Do We Build the Communities We Want, together? :Kohaku Future Center part2

Tohoku Interview: Community Building

April 18, 2016 

About Japan NPO Center

Who We Are

Supporting civic activities and promoting cross-sector collaboration, JNPOC acts as a national infrastructure organization for the growing nonprofit sector in Japan.

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What We Do

JNPOC offers various programs/services such as capacity-building programs, civil society forums, policy-oriented reseach, and disaster-recovery programs with various partners.

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