In my 37+ years of living in Japan, I am astounded at the overall political and social apathy which prevails in Japan. In 1980, the building of nuclear plants was a rubber-stamp event and the visiting of nuclear weapon American warships was done with an implicit wink meant to dupe the public. Nowadays, there are numerous Japan NGOs and NPOs doing good deeds, but community support is only strong in the event of a major local catastrophe. The activism directory for Japan is a thorough starting point for connecting with dedicated people and causes in Tokyo, Osaka and other more obscure locations in Japan.
21st Century Public Policy Institute, A Dream A Day In Tokyo, Africa-Japan Forum, Animal Refuge Kansai, Anti-Vivasection Action Network, Asia-Japan Women’s Resource Center, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, Ask, Association for Aid and Relief, Association of School Aid in Cambodia, Bridge Asia Japan, Bee Sig, Biwako Prize for Ecology, Care The World, Center for Global Partnership, Church World Service Japan, Citizen Activism in Japan, Citizen’s Centre for Diplomacy, Citizens’ Environmental Foundation, Council for Pet Bottle Recycling, Countermeasures Against Pollution by Agricultural Chemicals, Densho, Earth Embassy, Earth Vision, EcoLeaf Environmental Label, Energy Conservation Center, Energy Conservation and Homecare Network, Engineers Without Borders, Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas Center, Environmental Partnership Organizing Club, Following the Sun Association, Forum for Wood Architecture, Gara-bo Aikokai, Gender Equality Bureau, Geo-Environmental Protection Center, Global Environment Centre Foundation, Global Industrial and Social Progress Research Institute, Green Business Practices in Japan, Global Sustainable Solutions Agents, Good Neighbors Japan, Greenpeace Japan, Groups to Support in Japan, Habitat for Humanity Japan, H-Japan Discussion Network, Hiroshima Marrow Donor Support Federation, Hokkaido Environment Foundation, Hokkaido University Center for Ainu and Indigenous People, Hope International Development Agency, Human Rights Practices in Japan, Hundred School Networking, Infrastructure Development Institute, Institute of Cultural Affairs, Intercommunication Center for Asia and Japan, International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer, International Environmental NGO FoE Japan, International Lake Environment Committee, International Social Service Japan, Ishizaka Industry, I-V Japan, Ivy Japan, Japan’s Action Plan Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Japan Association for Refugees, Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Japan Center for Climate Change, Actions, Japan Center for Conflict Prevention, Japan Center for Sustainable Environment and Society, Japan Center for International Exchange, Japan Childrens’ Rights Network, Japan Civil Liberties Union, Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Suffers Organizations, Japan Containers and Packaging Recycling Association, Japan Environmental Education Forum, Japan for Sustainability, Japan Forum on International Relations, Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan International Medical Technology Foundation, Japan International Volunteer Center, Japan Judo Therapist Association, Japan Lesbian Resources, Japan Library Association, Japan National Group of Mentally Disabled People, Japan NGO Directory, Japan Offspring Fund, Japan Overseas Christian Medical Cooperative Service, Japan Platform, Japan Press Weekly, Japan Red Cross Society, Japan Rescue Association, Japan Small-Type Whaling Association, Japan Society on Water Environment, Japan Tropical Forest Action Network, Japan Water Forum, Japan Wildlife Conservation Society, Japanese Consumers’ Cooperative Union, Japanese Organization for Deaf Blind People, Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning, Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers, JEN, JHelp, JOICFP, Kitakyushu International Techno-Cooperative, Learning and Ecological Activities Foundation for Children, Limex, Médecins Sans Frontières, National Association of Unesco Organizations in Japan, Network of Asian River Basin Organizations, New Japan Women’s Association, NICCO, Niigata International Volunteer Centre, Nippon Foundation, Nomura Foundation, One Asia, Oomoto, Overseas Vocational Training Association, Oxfam Japan, Pacific Resource Exchange Center, Peace Boat, Peace Winds Japan, People to People Aid, Plan International, Prop Station, Rain Forest Foundation Japan, Ramsar Center Japan, Refugee Assistance Headquarters, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth, Results Japan, RET Japan, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Save the Children, Second Harvest, SEEDS Asia, Shanti Volunteer Association, Shaplaneer, Share, Toda Institute, Tokyo Community News, Tokyo Progressive, Tokyo Voluntary Action Center, Tono Magakoro Net, United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, United Nations Centre for Regional Development, Utsumi Recycle System, Wakachiai Project, Water Re-Use Promotion Center, WHO Kobe Center, Universal Love and Brotherhood Association