AEON Environmental Foundation

The Foundation was established 1991 with the goal of passing on a rich natural environment to the next generation. It provides subsidies totaling 100 million yen every year to groups around the world that are actively contributing to a sustainable society.

In order to develop human resources that are active with a global perspective in environmental fields, The Foundation's activities have included hosting the "Asia Students Environment Platform" (ASEP), donating solar power systems, holding "Earth-friendly Essay and Activity Report Contests", environmental education programs, hosting international symposia, and giving prizes for contributions to the global environment, conservation, and biodiversity.

ALIVE (All Live in a Viable Environment)

There are over 10,000 animal breeders and dealers in Japan. ALIVE has been investigating those who keep animals in very bad conditions and campaigning for the tightening of regulations in order to put them out of business.

Animal Refuge Kansai

ARK is a non-profit, non-governmental private organization with the aim of forming a network of people who love animals, believe in sharing their lives with them, and who work actively to rescue them from suffering. ARK was established in 1990 and became officially recognized as an NPO (Non-Profit Organization) in September 1999 and became an accredited nintei in 2016. In 2008, ARK was accepted as an International Associate Member of the RSPCA.

Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF)

The goal of the APWF is to contribute to sustainable water management in order to achieve the targets of the MDGs in Asia and the Pacific by capitalizing on the region’s diversity and rich history of experience in dealing with water as a fundamental part of the human existence. Specifically, the APWF strongly advocates efforts to boost investments and capacity building, and enhance cooperation in the water sector on the regional level and beyond.


Association of Japanese Geographers

The Association of Japanese Geographers was founded in 1925 and is devoted to promoting research on various aspects of geography in Japan. With recent developments in Japanese geography and ever increasing international contacts, the Association launched the English issue of the Geographical Review of Japan in 1984. The English issue appears twice a year. Each issue contains papers in English on a wide range of subfields of geography. The Geographical Review of Japan English Edition intends to provide an international medium for the publication of articles that will give new concepts, ideas and scope to geography.

Blue Planet Prize

In 1992, the year of the Earth Summit, the Asahi Glass Foundation established the Blue Planet Prize, an award presented to individuals or organizations from around the world in recognition of outstanding achievements in scientific research and its application that have helped provide solutions to global environmental problems. The Prize is offered in the hope of encouraging efforts to bring about the healing of the Earth's fragile environment.

Botanical Society of Japan (BSJ)

Botanical Society of Japan aims to promote the development of all areas of botany, and to spread botanical knowledge, and thus to contribute to the development of both the humanities and the sciences.

Citizens' Nuclear Information Center (CNIC)

Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center is an anti-nuclear public interest organization dedicated to securing a safe, nuclear-free world. The Center was formed to provide reliable information and public education on all aspects of nuclear power to ultimately realize this goal. Data gathered, compiled, and analyzed by the Center is condensed into forms useful to the media, citizens’ groups, policy makers, and the general public.

Earthwatch Japan

(only in Japanese)

Ecological Society of Japan (ESJ)

The Ecological Society of Japan was founded in 1953 to promote research in all aspects of ecology.

ELSA Nature Conservancy

(only in Japanese)

Energy Conservation Center, Japan

A professional organization that has promoted energy conservation for over 35 years, ECCJ aims to strengthen its future activities while increasing its sensitivity to the myriad needs surrounding the issue of energy conservation.


As a member of Friends of the Earth International, we have been active in Japan since 1980. Our activities cover climate change and energy, forests and biodiversity, development finance and the environment, Fukushima support and nuclear phase-out, and more. Our ultimate goal is to create a world in which all people may live peacefully and equitably.

Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC)

GEC was founded with the aim of contributing to the conservation of the environment in developing nations and around the world by leveraging Japan’s wealth of conservation knowledge and experience in support of UNEP’s urban environment conservation activities in developing countries and undertaking activities to promote international cooperation to protect the global environment.

Global Environment Information Centre (GEIC)

(only in Japanese)

Green Action

Green Action is a Japanese activist NGO organization working to create a nuclear-power-free Japan. Established in 1991, Green Action is based in Kyoto near one of the highest concentrations of nuclear power plants in the world. We work hands-on locally, regionally, and nationally, connecting local people and experts, activists around the country to each other, and Japanese experts, NGOs and their international counterparts.

Green Cross Japan

As the issues of climate change and environmental degradation bring about a much needed wake up call to modern society with the realization that the global challenges of security, poverty and the environment are intrinsically connected, Green Cross International will focus its activities on this critical nexus in the quest for a just, secure and sustainable future for humanity.

Greenpeace Japan

(only in Japanese)

Greens Japan

Greens Japan aims to put global interests before national ones. We are a member of the Global Greens (founded in 2001), an international organization which emphasizes international co-operation with Green parties in 90 countries and regions.

International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC)

International Lake Environment Committee Foundation is established to seek international knowledge exchange and research promotion to develop sustainable management of the world lakes and reservoirs.

Jane Goodall Institute Japan

JGI (the Jane Goodall Institute) is a non-profit organization first established in the United States in 1977. Grounded in the legacy of Dr. Goodall’s 40 years of chimpanzee research and advocacy, JGI has an international network of organizations committed to Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation. JGI-Japan was established as the 12th international branch in 2001.

Japan Animal Welfare Society

JAWS has a more than 60 year history of serving as a central member of the animal welfare community in Japan and of working with numerous domestic and foreign organizations.

Japan Association for Galapagos (JAGA)

(only in Japanese)

Japan Climate Initiative

JCI is a network committed to strengthening communication and exchange of strategies and solutions among all actors that are implementing climate actions in Japan. Inspired by the “leadership-through-action” of US non-state actors, over 100 Japanese companies, local governments, research institutions and NGOs established the Japan Climate Initiative (JCI).

Japan Committee for IUCN

Japan committee for IUCN (IUCN-J) was established in 1980, when the World Conservation Strategy was launched in Japan, for the purpose of exchanging information on IUCN and facilitating cooperation among IUCN members in Japan.

Japan Environment Association

Since its foundation on March 15.1977, the Japan Environment Association has devoted its energies to the enhancement of public awareness and the assistance to people's environmental conservation activities. Cooperating with the Ministry of the Environment and various organizations involved in environmental conservation in Japan and other countries, the JEA has strived towards the formation of a sustainable society and environmentally-sound lifestyles.

Japan Environmental Action Network (JEAN)

With the aim of rendering services for preserving the marine environment, since 1990, JEAN has engaged in resolving the marine litter problem.

Japan Environmental Education Forum

Japan Environmental Education Forum (JEEF) is a national NGO consists of varieties of people who are engaged or interested in promoting environmental education.

Japan Environmental Lawyers Federation (JELF)

The Japan Environmental Lawyers Federation (JELF) is the only nonprofit, nongovernmental lawyers' organization for the environment in Japan.

Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI)

The Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI) is a public corporation organized by a membership of about 700 companies. It was established in September 1962 when industrial pollution was becoming a serious concern in Japan.

Japan for Sustainability

Japan for Sustainability (JFS) is a non-profit group that provides information from Japan to add to momentum here and around the world toward a truly happy and sustainable future.

Japan Society for Environmental Chemistry

The society started in 1990. JEC made up of about 1,000 individual members including overseas and students, 16 public interest organizations and 66 private supporting corporations as of April, 2013. JEC has been working for the sound management of environmental chemicals through development of analytical techniques and waste treatment, understanding geochemical cycling of elements and molecules, and risk assessment. In addition, JEC has held international conferences for facilitating communication between researchers and stakeholders in different countries and exchanging knowledge related to environmental pollution by micro-pollutants by cooperating with societies in foreign countries: the first time in Hawaii in 1996, the second time in China in 2004 and the third time in Korea in 2010.

Japan Society on Water Environment

Purposes of the Japan Society on Water Environment's activities include (i) academic surveys, researches, and the promulgation of knowledge in fields related to water environments, (ii) contribution to preserve and create healthy water environments, and (iii) services towards academic and cultural development. Activities conducted for these purposes include (i) the publication of journals as a tool to distribute academic and technical information, (ii) the hosting of the Annual JSWE Conference and JSWE Symposium to provide opportunities for members to freely exchange opinions, (iii) the carrying out of award-giving activities for nurturing future leaders and the promoting of cultural activities for water environments, (iv) the publication of journals written in English for international exchange and cooperation, (v) the hosting of international conferences and related award-giving activities, and (vi) the hosting of seminars so as to put the latest information into circulation.

Japan Solar Energy Society

(only in Japanese)

Japan Tropical Forest Action Network (JATAN)

JATAN is a Japanese NGO, committed to the conservation of tropical rainforests and forests all over the world.

Japan Water Forum (JWF)

Japan Water Forum (JWF) serves as a contact point for exchange and cooperation among water stakeholders in Japan and abroad, such as UN agencies, international organizations, development banks, governments, private companies, researchers, and NGOs. Based on this network, JWF promotes an understanding of the fundamental impact of water on everyone's lives, leading to decisive action to address the water issues on the planet for a world where everyone enjoys the lasting benefits and values of safe water.

Japan Wetlands Action Network (JAWAN)

Determining a wetland's status on the basis of scientific data about its inhabitants is important when trying to protect it. JAWAN is putting energy into research on the migrations of shorebirds, wetland dwelling birds that often use tidal flats.

Japan Wildlife Conservation Society (JWCS)

The Japan Wildlife Conservation Society (JWCS) aims to create a society where humans and wildlife can coexist. The globalization of economics has had enormous effects on wildlife, for which many of Japan’s policies, business activities and consumer behavior are responsible. As a Japanese non-profit NGO, we aim to bring attention to problems and suggest appropriate solutions.

Japan Wind Energy Association (JWEA)

(only in Japanese)

Japan Youth Ecology League

Taking IT Global is one of the world's leading networks of young people learning about, engaging with, and working towards tackling global challenges.

Japanese Society for Preservation of Birds (JSPB)

(only in Japanese)

Kushiro International Wetland Centre (KIWC)

The Kushiro International Wetland Centre (KIWC) is committed to promoting the wise use of wetlands concept and specific approaches to this end. Such use is intended to enable the utilization of gifts provided by wetlands in daily life while protecting the ecological integrity of these areas.

Nagao Natural Environment Foundation

Founded in 1989, the Nagao Natural Environment Foundation (NEF) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting nature conservation and protecting the natural environment in developing countries. Since its establishment, its Research Grant Scheme has supported researchers from research institutions mainly in the Asia-Pacific region. Grants have been made to over 400 research projects in 25 countries and scholarships have been provided to over 5,000 students in nine countries.

Natural Parks Foundation

The Natural Parks Foundation was established in 1979 and has 20 local offices in National Parks and Quasi-National Parks. The Foundation maintains and manages the park facilities, such as visitor centers, public toilets, beautification activities, natural environment conservation activities such as vegetation restoration, and contact-with-nature activities (nature experience and observation projects). It actively manages parks to be a beautiful, clean, and comfortable natural environment for visitors.

Nature Conservation Society of Japan (NACS-J)

(only in Japanese)

The Ornithological Society of Japan (NACS-J)

Established in 1912, the Society publishes two official semi-annual journals: the Japanese Journal of Ornithology (in Japanese), and Ornithological Science (in English). The Society also publishes technical books and monographs of specialized research. The Society holds an annual meeting as well as  numerous seminars and symposia regarding current research, an annual meeting, and it maintains active connections with academic institutions and organizations in Japan and overseas.

Save Japan Dolphins Campaign

For more than 30 years, the International Marine Mammal Project has led the fight to protect dolphins, whales, and the ocean environment. We pioneered the “Dolphin Safe” tuna fishing standard, stopping the intentional chasing and netting of dolphins and preventing many deaths every year. We directed the historic rescue and release of the orca whale Keiko, made famous in the movie Free Willy. We are fighting to end the tragic slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, as featured in the Academy Award–winning movie The Cove. And we’re campaigning to stop all trade in live dolphins and end the captivity of whales and dolphins for circus performances.

Traffic East Asia--Japan

(Only in Japanese)

Wild Bird Society of Japan (WBSJ)

Established in 1934, Wild Bird Society of Japan is a public interest incorporated foundation that now has over 30,000 members, including financial supporters, and 87 chapters throughout Japan. Its purpose is to protect wild birds and their habitat, to encourage more people to enjoy bird watching, and to carry on research concerning the status and habitat of wild birds.

WWF Japan

WWF is one of the world’s largest leading conservation organizations, working in more than 100 countries and supported by 5 million supporters globally. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by: conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.