Japan Projects


ICCSL principals have been involved with legal reform for the civil society sector in Japan for over ten years. Earlier work revolved around the creation of the 1998 NPO Law, in partnership with the Japan Networkers’ Conference, which eventually became the NPO Network, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and others. Developments around that law were the background for the book chapter: The legal framework for voluntary and non-profit activity (Simon and Pekkanen) in THE VOLUNTARY AND NON-PROFIT SECTOR IN JAPAN (Osborne, ed.) (Routledge Curzon, 2003).

Because of their background and interest in the subject matter, Prof. Masayuki Deguchi (President of ISTR) invited Profs Simon and Irish to Japan in May 2004 to discuss with government officials and civil society activists various reform issues presented by the Reforms of the Public Interest Corporation System introduced in 2002. They had many meetings and held several seminars, including a public one at RIETI (the Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry). The report about that trip is available from ICCSL.

Work with the government and with ICCSL’s new partner, the Japan Association of Charitable Organizations, has continued, including sessions held in January and March 2005. Information about the proposed reforms was published in the January 2005 issue of IJCSL, at page 90.

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