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10 MORE Charity Organizations in Japan that YOU can get involved with!

As you may or may not know, this year, Japan is taking part in the movement of #GivingTuesday. Giving Tuesday Japan was kickstarted in 2023 by Tsunoda Stylings, an online international web agency.

As you can probably guess, Giving Tuesday is all about GIVING - so much so that it is the world’s largest generosity movement. Giving Tuesday has active movements in more than 90 countries, working year-round to inspire generosity worldwide, with a common mission to create a world where giving is part of everyday life.

In line with the idea of giving daily, today we are sharing 10 MORE charity organizations within Japan that you can be a part of to make a difference. (Missed Part 1? Click here!) Let’s get started!

YouMeWe is a Tokyo-based non-profit organization that is solely dedicated to nurturing and supporting local students from institutionalized homes. For a decade, our NPO’s mission is to assist students in becoming fully independent as they reach the age of 18, such as gaining financial literacy.

The Financial Industry in Tokyo (FIT) For Charity Run is committed to making a difference through its support for under-recognized needs and causes. It also aims to make a difference in its community by giving as many people as possible in the industry the opportunity to support local community organizations and to encourage greater levels of participation in other charitable events.

The Green Bird project originated in Harajuku and Omotesando, born from the concept that "a clean city makes people's hearts clean ." The main activity is "cleaning the city." However, this is not compulsory. All you need to do is have the mindset that "polluting the city is uncool." The motto is "KEEP CLEAN, KEEP GREEN."

GAJET is the local chapter of AJET, the Association of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program run by elected JETs (just like you!). We are an independent, self-supporting volunteer organization that promotes and supports exchange and teaching in Japan in cooperation with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.

The Knights in White Lycra was formed in 2013 by a few British men needing to get fit and wanting to give back. Through the annual cycle ride and many other sporting and social events, KIWL has raised over ¥146.4 million for disadvantaged children in Japan as of December 2023. We welcome people of any age and ability with the desire to 'get fit and give back' to join us in empowering fragile children to become successful and confident young adults.

Pride House Tokyo is a project that provides information about LGBTQ+, creates a safe and secure place to be, and provides events and content related to sexual diversity. In 2020, they opened #PrideHouseTokyoLegacy, Japan's first permanent large-scale comprehensive LGBTQ+ center.

Since its establishment in 2007, the certified NPO Kids' Door has been working to create a society in which all children can have dreams and hopes, focusing on child poverty and addressing other social issues surrounding children.

ABC Japan is a private Non-Profit Organization (NPO) founded in 2000 and formally recognized as an NPO in 2006. Our initial objective was to support Brazilian Tsurumi residents (Yokohama, Kanagawa). And suddenly, our field of action expanded. To “help those who need” was the base that enabled this expansion. Our strength is to be inside the community. As the community has evolved, the entity grew.

Habitat for Humanity started operations in Japan in 2001 and was officially registered as a nonprofit organization in 2003. Since then, Habitat for Humanity Japan has partnered with corporations, schools, and individuals to raise funds and awareness of the need for decent, affordable housing.

In Japan, Habitat's volunteers have helped disaster-affected households with housing needs through technical advice from experts. Every year, Habitat Japan also sends volunteers throughout the Asian region and beyond to build homes for those in need of decent housing.

Osaka Voluntary Action Center (OVAC) is a non-profit organization (NPO) founded in 1965, which was set up with the mission of promoting volunteerism in the Osaka and the Kansai area. OVAC has been striving to encourage, support, and motivate citizens to tackle various social issues. In the process, we have constructed our comprehensive functions to energize civil activities. We provide networking opportunities for volunteers and NPOs, investigate current topics of volunteer activities, and conduct research on how to strengthen NPOs.

As you can see, there are so many ways to give all across Japan. There’s no need to wait until the day of Giving Tuesday (which is November 26, 2024, this year) to be generous through your time, efforts, or money; get started today! Read up on our website about even more unique ways you can participate and GIVE!

Did we miss any organizations that you know about? Send us the information here, or direct them to our website so they can be added to the next list!





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