Mission, Vision, Values


As a national infrastructure organization for the nonprofit sector, the Japan NPO Center:

  • Works to strengthen the social, political and economic support base for voluntary nonprofit organizations in Japan; and
  • Builds new and innovative forms of partnership with the government and the private sector, encouraging them to act as co-creators of robust civil society


Mid-term Vision (from Japan NPO Center Mid-term Vision 2018-2022)

During the next five years, we will:

  1. Strengthen our system to increase and to develop actors for NPOs,
  2. Strengthen our collaborative ties with various partners,
  3. Learn from the efforts made in regions affected by disasters such as the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and carry out programming based on our learning,
  4. Expand our research and policy work, and address issues in the public systems and structures that influence the entire NPO sector,
  5. Work on developing symbolic practices and projects where NPOs are offering insights into social problems and/or solving them, and
  6. Strengthen our partnerships with NPO support organizations nationwide, and support active local initiatives.


Japan NPO Center upholds these core values in the operation of our organization and in the implementation of all our activities:

  1. Always be on the side of the excluded and oppressed, and express solidarity with them
  2. Respect the views of the directly affected
  3. Look into root causes and tackle larger structural issues of society
  4. Give the highest priority to the lived realities of those on the ground
  5. Respect diversity and minority opinions
  6. Be transparent and accountable
  7. Create a platform for open dialogue