The Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) is a non-profit, non-partisan networking NGO founded in 1987 by a group of NGO leaders who saw the need to better coordinate activities in Japanese society and facilitate communication with groups overseas.
Our goal is to achieve a global society where people are liberated from hunger, poverty and violation of human rights, where people live in harmony with nature, where people are assured of equal and fair opportunities for participation in deciding directions for their society, and where people mutually respect diverse cultures and values, while living together.
- To promote networking and collaborative activities among citizens’ organizations (NGOs) engaged in international cooperation.
- To facilitate collective action by its members and wider Japanese civil society to influence the policies and practice of governments and institutions at domestic and international levels.
- To strengthen the institutional capability of NGOs in carrying out their missions.
- To disseminate information and knowledge concerning people's living conditions in developing regions of the world and the impact of the public’s way of life on these people.
- To enlighten the general public on the role of NGOs and encourage them to participate in NGO activities in any form.
- Foster closer relationships among Japanese NGOs engaged in international cooperation.
- facilitate policy advocacy of global issues and better aid.
- Strengthen capacity of NGOs and the promotion of social responsibility initiatives.
- Encourage networking among domestic, international NGOs and related organizations.
- Deepen public understanding of NGO and generate support for NGO activities and international cooperation in Japan.
- Conduct research on NGOs and on international cooperation and advance statements to the State.
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At present, JANIC has 96 NGO members and is governed by a Board of Trustees, with a secretary general and 33 staff members. Secretary General is Masashi Yamaguchi. Here is the announcement of the change in secretary general in March 2010.
For more details on JANIC's governamce, you can refer to the "The Articles of Incorporation of Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation", "Regulations for Members of JANIC" and "Code of Conduct for NGOs"
JANIC has five major sources of income.
1. Membership fees
2. Individual and corporate contributions
3. Income from publication sales, seminar fees, and other services
4. Private foundations; Foundations within Japan, such as : The Mitsubishi Bank Foundation, Niwano Peace Foundation, Rissho Kosei Kai -- One Meal Campaign Committee , Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency of Japan (ERCA), and others.
5. Subsidies: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and JICA
JANIC’s income of \116,350,333 in 2009 was derived from membership fees (9.6%), Individual and Corporate Contributions (7.0%), Grants (19.0%), Trustees (56.6%), Income from sales of publication, seminar fees, and other services (7.8%), etc.
History of JANIC
The history of JANIC is relatively short. Through the initiative of eleven NGO leaders in 1987, JANIC started with a small office staffed by a few volunteers in order to serve the Japanese NGO community engaged in international development cooperation, and to act as a clearinghouse of information regarding Japanese NGOs. In the past decades, in addition to the mission mentioned above, JANIC has started to emerge as an institution that fosters the growth and development of an active civil society in Japan.
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