Even with the growing societal concerns in Japan, structured volunteerism is very new to Japanese society. In addition, the nonprofit sector is very underdeveloped. There are no tax laws to encourage charitable giving, and not much encouragement is given to individuals who wish to volunteer. With all of these factors, there are true impediments to volunteering in Japan for both Japanese and foreign nationals. We aim to address these concerns by providing bilingual volunteer opportunities.
We are doing our part to grow the "3rd" sector in Tokyo. While helping friends or family is a cultural norm here, assisting those you don't know is a more recent development. We're helping foreigners & Japanese serve the community better together.
Hands On Tokyo(HOT) serves as a bilingual volunteer organization connecting 800 volunteers to worthy projects within the Tokyo community. HOT will assist approximately 500 seniors, children and adults in participating more fully in society.