Organization Profile.


Japan Association for UNHCR, in close coordination with the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Representation in Japan (Tokyo, Japan), engages in fundraising and public relations for the world's refugees. Donations are sent to UNHCR Headquarters (Geneva, Switzerland)and are used to support refugees worldwide. *Japan Association for UNHCR was registered as a "Nintei" NPO (a Non-Profit Organization designated by the National Tax Agency to be given special tax status) in June 2003 which means that contributions are tax deductible.

Main Activities

  • Providing information regarding the world's refugee issues and motivating the public to be concerned with the plight of refugees.
  • Supporting activities conducted by UNHCR and related organizations, such as NGO/NPO partners.
  • Fundraising from the general public.


The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)was established by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1950. The UNHCR commenced its operations from 1951 and it is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect, assist, educate refugees and to resolve refugee problems worldwide from a humanitarian perspective. UNHCR's activities are funded by voluntary contributions, principally from governments but also from private corporations, organizations and individuals. However, funds to implement effective actions to support refugees are constantly in a shortage. Sometimes the UNHCR is forced to scale down or in some cases suspend some of the planned programs. Hopefully, the private sector will play a more important role in raising funds for UNHCR. Following the establishment of national committees in the United States, Australia, France and Spain, Japan Association for UNHCRwas established in October 2000, as a NPO (non-profit organization) and it serves as the official recipient of donations from the private sector.

How Your Donations Reach Refugees

Your donations are remitted to UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerlandthrough Japan Association for UNHCR. UNHCR will use these donations to provide protection & assistance to the world's refugees through NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and other international organizations which are partners of UNHCR field offices around the world.
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