Tomoshibi, a New Program of JNPOC Was Launched SpecialNews

Posted on November 29, 2023

JNPOC has launched a new program called Tomoshibi and its first meeting was held on Nov. 17, 2023, at JNPOC’s head office in Tokyo.

Tomoshibi is based on our existing program called 15 Points to Enhance the Power of NPOs, which was created originally to help nonprofits working in areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 boost their organizational capabilities. The new program aims to facilitate the networking among participants from nonprofits nationwide to further expand and enhance the activities of civil society in solving social issues and creating values.

Amongst twelve participants of the new program, ten, including those via online, took part in the inauguration and went over the issues to be covered in the following five monthly meetings. At the end of the program, there will be a camping event to discuss the participants’ achievements.


First meeting with both online and offline participants


Masaki Murao, a staff member of JNPOC in charge of the program explained,

“Tomoshibi literally means ‘light’ in Japanese, but it is also a wordplay: a combination of Tomoni, or ‘together’ in Japanese, and Civil Society. I hope the six months will be a fruitful experience for all participants in terms of both learning and creating comradeship, to help them contribute to the further development of our civil society.”

We at JNPC continue working with nonprofits nationwide to build better civil society in Japan.


Tomoshbi participants with JNPOC staff