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, Care The World, 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, Energy Conservation Center, Energy Conservation and Homecare Network, 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, Global Environment Centre Foundation, Global Industrial and Social Progress Research Institute, Green Business Practices in Japan, Greenpeace Japan, Habitat for Humanity Japan, H-Japan Discussion Network, Hiroshima Marrow Donor Support Federation, Human Rights Practices in Japan, Hundred School Networking, Infrastructure Development Institute, Intercommunication Center for Asia and Japan, International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer, International Environmental NGO FoE Japan, International Lake Environment Committee, Japan’s Action Plan Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Japan Association for Refugees, Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, 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 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 Press Weekly, Japan Red Cross Society, 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, JHelp, Kitakyushu International Techno-Cooperative, National Association of Unesco Organizations in Japan, Network of Asian River Basin Organizations, New Japan Women’s Association, Niigata International Volunteer Centre, Nippon Foundation, Nippon International Cooperation For Community Development, Nomura Foundation, Oomoto, Overseas Vocational Training Association, Oxfam Japan, Pacific Resource Exchange Center, Peace Winds Japan, People to People Aid, Prop Station, Rain Forest Foundation Japan, Ramsar Center Japan, Refugee Assistance Headquarters, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Shanti Volunteer Association, Shaplaneer, Share, Toda Institute, Tokyo Progressive, The Center for Global Partnership, Tokyo Community News, United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, United Nations Centre for Regional Development, WHO Kobe Center