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


Insularity? – The State of Civil Society in Japan (1)

Essays: Civil Society in Japan

October 19, 2015 

What does Expertise or Specialization in Nonprofits Entail?

Voices from JNPOC

November 25, 2015 

What is the Future for Nonprofit Organizations?

Voices from JNPOC

November 16, 2015 

Stories from Tohoku

Navigating lifelines for the local residents through transportation services Part2

Tohoku Interview: Social Inclusion

November 14, 2015 

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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