Japan NPO Center

by Japan NPO Center
Japan NPO Center

Project Report | Mar 4, 2024
JNPOC Hosted 2 Events for NPO Law 25th Anniversary

By Kazuho Tsuchiya | Senior Program Coordinator

Participants @25th Anniversary of NPO Law Forum
Participants @25th Anniversary of NPO Law Forum

Japan NPO Center (JNPOC) held two events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the NPO Law (Act on Promotion of Specified Non-profit Activities), which went into effect on December 1, 1998, and to discuss how we will be able to advance our civil society.

Forum to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the NPO Law: Let’s Envision the Civil Society of the Future Together

The event held at Seiryo Kaikan, near the Diet, and co-hosted with Seien, a specified nonprofit organization, was attended by around 200 people, including the members of Diet, representatives from businesses working with NPOs, academic researchers, and participants from nonprofits nationwide.

The panelists for the event comprised of Nara City’s Mayor Gen Nakagawa, who has years of experience at an NPO, and dozens of representatives of NPOs/NGOs from across Japan, including a senior high school student. They discussed and shared their own thoughts on the 25 years since the introduction of the law, their current activities, and aspirations for the future.

Civic Sector National Conference 2023: 25 Years after the NPO Law, What the Citizen Sector Needs Now

On the following day, December 2, around 180 people attended the National Conference held at the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo. In the opening panel discussion, Ms. Rika Fukuda of Panasonic Holdings, Ms. Mari Yamamoto of the Cabinet Secretariat, and Ms. Mariko Kiuchi of World Vision Japan deliberated what the citizen sector should be in Japan and their hopes for its roles for the future.

Then the participants proceeded to eight breakout sessions in which wide-ranging topics related to civil society and NPOs were debated, including communication between local councils and civil society, accounting rules for NPOs, human rights, and issues faced by women.

JNPOC will continue working for the further development of civil society in Japan.


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Japan NPO Center

Location: Chiyoda-ku - Japan
Project Leader:
Kazuho Tsuchiya
Chiyoda-ku , Japan
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