About JVC

The Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) is an international NGO established in 1980. It originally consisted of Japanese volunteers who rushed to Thailand to save displaced people in Indochina. Later activities were focused on a variety of areas including rural development, forest reservation, post-conflict reconstruction, peace building, medical care, disaster relief, and advocacy. We have accumulated much experience in supporting people in more than 20 countries. We implement activities meeting local needs and situations with an eye toward the futures of people and the communities they live in. JVC aims to build peaceful and self-sustainable societies, and we are currently active in Cambodia, Laos, South Africa, Thailand, Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Korea (DPRK), and Japan.


In the 2016 fiscal year, the JVC operated on a budget of approximately 345 million yen. The graphic below provides a breakdown of the budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

(Fiscal Year 2016 Finance Report: PDF)

Staff (As of June 2018)

97 (35 Japanese including 8 overseas, 62 on-site staff members)

Takaki IMAI

(IMAI interview: blog article)
Secretary General:
Takatoshi HASEBE

(HASEBE interview: blog article)

Offices: Tokyo, Cambodia, Laos, Afghanistan, Palestine, South Africa, Sudan

Board of Directors (As of June 2018)

Rika FUJIYA (Assistant professor, Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care, Keio University)
Koyu FURUSAWA (Professor, Kokugakuin University)
Takatoshi HASEBE (JVC Secretary General)
Takaki IMAI (JVC President)
Tokiko ITO (Consultant on international cooperation)
Shoji KINOSHITA (Maestrora Music Academy)
Ryutaro OGAWA (Lawyer)
Ken SHIMIZU (Development consultant)
Toshihiro SHIMIZU (Former Secretary General of JVC, JCBL President)
Tetsuo TAKASHIMA (Private organization staff)
Hiroshi TANIYAMA (Former President of JVC ’06-’18, The President of Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC))
Naoko WATANABE (JVC Manager for the Community Development Group)

Auditors (As of June 2018)

Kaori KURODA (CSO Network Japan)

Advisors (As of July 2018)

Masako HOSHINO (JVC first Secretary General)
Inez M.Baskerville (JVC Benefit Concert Founder)
Michiya KUMAOKA (ex-President of JVC ’95-’06 / Tokyo Movie Univercity)


1988 The Tokyo Bar Association Prize for Human Rights
1989 Asahi Welfare Prize
1992 Mainichi International Exchange Awards
1995 Prime Minister’s Awards
2015 Peace Studies Association of Japan Prize for Peace
2018 2018 Okinawa Peace Prize

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