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 2021-2025)

During the next five years, we will:

  1. Actively disseminate information on local voluntary efforts both in Japan and abroad, and provide opportunities for more people to be exposed to the values expressed by NPOs, also actively introduce overseas initiatives to Japan to promote more interactions,
  2. Promote dialogue and partnership across geographical and thematic areas to facilitate solutions to complex and intertwined social issues,
  3. Create opportunities and mechanisms for training and exchange to increase the number of people who take the lead in civil society and to enable sustainable organizational management,
  4. Research and actively disseminate information on social issues and initiatives in Japan, and make policy recommendations on legislation and tax systems in order to create an environment that facilitates the activities of NPOs,
  5. Expand the network of civic activists and their supporters, both in Japan and abroad.

                   (Japan NPO Center Mid-Term Vision 2018-2022)


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