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SDGs Civil Society Network Member List (as of April 2022)

About Us

SDGs Civil Society Network (SDGs Japan for short) is a network organization of Japanese CSOs (Civil Society Organizations), NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and NPOs (Non-Profit Organizations) established in 2016 with the aim of realizing a sustainable world. (Acquired legal personality in February 2017)


The society we aims for

Sustainable Society Beyond Transformation

Our vision is a peaceful and just society in which all people, including future generations, are free from poverty, inequality, discrimination, various forms of violence, and health insecurity, in which individual diversity is respected, and in which people can live in harmony with the natural environment and enjoy affluence and human rights. In such a society, all people are equally guaranteed the right to education, training, employment, health and medical services, access to information, and participation in decision-making processes at all levels, including in local communities.


Achieving a "sustainable world" while leaving no one behind: the role of SDGs Japan

Creating a sustainable world requires an integrated approach to the environment, society, and the economy, and requires fundamental change, including systemic transformation. We must act now, "leaving no one behind," with a diverse range of citizens, in close cooperation with the parties and organizations that are structurally marginalized and vulnerable in society, while encouraging individual changes in behavior, or else the world will become unsustainable. The SDG Civil Society Network, together with the parties concerned, will call for action in cooperation with various related entities at home and abroad, and in various regions, in order to promote behavioral change in each individual and, at the same time, to create a framework for environmental, social, and economic sustainability.


Three pillars of activity

(1) Policy advocacy activities:

Three civil society representatives from member organizations were sent to the Roundtable on the SDGs established by the Japanese government in 2016. We are using this roundtable to lobby the Japanese government and political parties, and are also using opportunities such as international conferences, study groups, and symposiums to make proposals for the realization of the SDGs from a civil society perspective. We are also sending out messages for the realization of the SDGs from Japan in international networks related to the SDGs.

(2) Promote collaboration with the local communities and other sectors:

It is impossible to achieve the SDGs through the efforts of civil society alone, and SDGs Japan is promoting partnerships with local governments and regional NGOs, as well as with private companies, research institutions, governments, and public administration by actively providing lecturer dispatch services and consultation on the SDGs.


③Spreading awareness of the SDGs:

SDGs Japan provides regular information on the activities of the organization, as well as articles in the media, its own information dissemination, events, and other opportunities to introduce various issues related to the SDGs and to provide opportunities for people to think and act from multiple perspectives.



English name

General Incorporated Association Japan Civil Society Network  on SDGs (Abbreviated name: SDGs Japan)

Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs (abbreviation: SDGs Japan)

Established April 20, 2016 (acquired corporate status: February 27, 2017)

History of SDGs Japan

2013 Established as the Post-2015 NGO Platform to reflect the voices of Japanese citizens in the multilateral negotiations for the formation of the SDGs and serve as a contact point for dialogue between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Japanese civil society.

2013-15: He is responsible for bringing together Japanese civil society on the SDGs negotiations, including opinion exchange meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on SDGs (15 times in total) and dialogues with Amina Mohamed Post-2015 Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on SDG formation at UN Headquarters (2 times in total) In September 2015, he attended the She also participated in the UN SDG adoption summit in New York.

April 2016: Reorganized as "SDGs Civil Society Network". Initiatives to realize the SDGs are launched around 11 sectoral groups, including development, environment, disability, and gender. 

September 2016 Dispatched 3 members to the "Roundtable on SDGs Promotion" established by the government. Actively engaged in policy advocacy for the formulation of the government's "SDGs Implementation Guidelines," and held a joint press conference with representatives from the government, international organizations, the private sector, and academia when the guidelines were enacted in December. 

November 2016 Event "Future 2030 in Japan. Hiroto Izumi, Advisor to the Prime Minister, and other leading figures in the government, Diet members, private sector, and academia who are promoting the SDGs expressed their determination to promote the SDGs in a relaxed atmosphere, moderated by the comedian "Long Long". 

February 2017 "Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs" (SDGs Japan) established.

Member organizations

International collaboration     

  • UN ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council) (Consultative status in 2022)

  • UNGC (United Nations Global Compact) (Signatory in 2020) 

  • SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) (signed up in 2020)

  • Asia Development Alliance (Joined in 2020)

  • Global Call to Action Against Poverty (Joined in 2017)

Domestic collaboration

contact address


605 Sankyo Building Main Building,

1-7-10 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0072

Access 6-minute walk from Kudanshita Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Tozai Line, and Toei Shinjuku Line 
6 minute walk from Iidabashi Station on the JR Sobu Line, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Yurakucho Line, Namboku Line, Toei Oedo Line


Management Structure

SDGs Japan will work on policy proposals and actions, awareness-raising and dissemination of the SDGs, strengthening partnerships with the private sector, academia, international organizations, and governments working on the SDGs, making proposals and advice, and conducting research and studies to achieve the SDGs.

■Project unit system

The "Project Unit System" is a framework for multiple organizations to work together on issues such as health, education, poverty and inequality, as well as regional and community issues. The Project Coordination Meetings are held every month, attended by the executive organizations of the current 12 units, to share the progress of the units' activities and to exchange opinions on policy advocacy activities.

Please contact the SDGs Japan Secretariat if you wish to apply for participation.

■ Membership system

SDGs Japan offers a wide range of membership programs so that many organizations promoting the SDGs can work together. For inquiries and applications for membership, please click here.  


Project unit

Participating organizations are working on projects to achieve the SDGs by participating in "Business Units" in line with the areas related to the SDGs and to realize the SDGs in the regions and communities where they operate. Currently, 12 Units are active, including those in preparation. For more information on the activities of each unit and how to join, please contact the secretariat.

(1) Development Unit (Development and Development Funding Unit for Developing Countries)

  • Focal Points:

Aoi Horiuchi, Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) 
Tetsuko Shibata, World Vision Japan 
Yumiko Horie, Save the Children Japan 

  • Overview: The organization makes policy recommendations to improve Japan's ODA, international cooperation, and issues related to SDG 16 and 17 so that they will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs in line with the SDG philosophy of "leave no one behind". Trade investment and technology transfer issues are also addressed from a development perspective. It is actively involved in UN processes such as the UN General Assembly, HLPF, and APFSD, as well as international processes such as the G7/G20 and OECD-DAC, and works with and contributes to international civil society networks. Regular 2-hour meetings are held once around the middle of each month, and study sessions and opinion exchanges are held irregularly.

  • Number of participating organizations and individuals (as of September 2021): 21 organizations, 46 individuals

  • Unit membership: We welcome organizations interested in policy advocacy through the collaboration of multiple organizations. Whenever possible, we ask that you participate in our regular monthly meetings.

​ (2) environmental unit

  • Focal points:

Jiro Adachi, Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society(JACSES)
Tomoko Hoshino, Environmental Partnership Council 

  • Overview: This unit brings together NGOs working on environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity, recycling, education, and regional issues. The unit shares information on environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity, recycling, and chemical substances, and participates in related meetings and makes policy proposals.Study meetings and opinion exchanges are held two to three times a year. Since member organizations vary in size, region, and history of activities, we try to share information at each meeting.

  • Number of participating organizations (as of September 2021): 21 organizations

  • Unit Membership: Non-profit organizations interested in sharing information and making policy recommendations on domestic and international environmental issues are welcome to join.

(3) Education Unit

  • Focal Point:

Takashi Miyake, Japan NGO Network for Education (JNNE)

  • Overview :It makes policy recommendations on SDG 4 (education: including both international and domestic issues), publicizes and raises awareness, and monitors the implementation status of SDG 4 in the Japanese government's implementation guidelines. The Japan Network of Non-Governmental Organizations for Educational Cooperation (JNNE), consisting of 21 NGOs, is taking the lead on international issues, while the Japan Development Education Association (JDEA) is taking the lead on domestic issues.

  • Number of participating organizations (As of September 2021):5 organizations, but 21 organizations are members of JNNE.

  • Unit Membership:We are looking forward to the participation of organizations working on international educational cooperation and domestic issues in education.

(4) Global Health Unit

  • Focal Point:

Kaoru Takahashi, Water aid Japan

  • Overview:It is composed of NGO members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/NGO Roundtable on GII/IDI (commonly known as the GII/IDI Roundtable), which works with vulnerable populations in Japan and abroad, particularly in the areas of health and medicine. Study meetings, exchanges of opinions, etc. are held once a month.

  • Number of participating organizations (as of September 2021):30 organizations

  • Unit Membership:You can also join the International Health Unit by joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/NGO Roundtable on GII/IDI and the NGO Liaison Committee, which brings together NGOs working on international health.

(5) Social Responsibility (SR) Unit

  • Focal Points:

Yoshiaki Horie,  AAR Japan

Hideto Kawakita, International Institute for Human, Organization and the Earth

Makoto Ikeda, Hokkaido International Foundation (HIF)

Hiroki Matsubara, Hitoshima NPO Center

  • Overview:This unit is based on the NPO/NGO Network for Enhancing Social Responsibility (NN Net), which promotes all organizations to improve their social responsibility and trust, as well as to solve issues through a multi-stakeholder process. It also actively promotes linkage with regional roundtables and the SDGs.
    It holds about 6 executive board meetings a year and about 4 study meetings a year.

  • Number of participating organizations (as of September 2021):25 organizations

  • Unit Membership:Participating organizations in NN-Net must register with NN-Net to constitute the Social Responsibility Unit. All organizations engage in various activities with the aim of enhancing social responsibility and trust and creating a livable society. We welcome the participation of NPO/NGO organizations that think and act together.

(6) Gender Unit

  • Focal Points:

Miki Nagashima, Plan International Japan

Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP)

  • Overview:Individuals and organizations interested in exchanging information related to gender issues and achieving the SDGs from a gender perspective are invited to participate. Study meetings (about once or twice a year) will be held to promote proposals and approaches to domestic policies and international cooperation so that gender perspectives are mainstreamed and gender equality is achieved in Japan and abroad.

  • Number of participating organizations and individuals (as of September 2021): 561 people (including 25 groups)

  • Unit Membership:Anyone interested in gender issues, both individuals and organizations, are welcome to participate. Please be proactive in sending out information to the ML if possible.

(7) Faulty unit

  • Focal Points:

Kohei Horiba, Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI-Japan)

Yoshihiro Mitsuoka, Independent Living Center IL Minami Tama/Consultation Support Center for Persons with Disabilities Support Minami Tama

  • Overview:Aim to promote the protection of the rights of people with disabilities, equal opportunities for social participation, and social inclusion through participation in the SDG Japan Project Management Council and input into statements and documents released externally as a network

  • Number of participating organizations (As of September 2021):1 oraganization

(8) Regional Unit    

  • Focal points:

Tatsuya Ishihara, Okayama NPO Center

Eiji Ueda, Japan NPO Center

  • Overview:Implementation of policy recommendations to ensure that efforts to achieve the SDGs are communicated and implemented with the region as the main subject, and sharing of information for the achievement of the SDGs. (1) Policy recommendations for achieving the SDGs from the region; (2) Information exchange, sharing, and expansion of learning and exchange opportunities for implementing policy recommendations for achieving the SDGs from the region; (3) Collection and dissemination of information on achieving the SDGs from the region; (4) Promotion of cooperation and collaboration in the region for achieving the SDGs from the region; ( 5)Other projects necessary for the goals of the regional unit.

  • Number of participating groups/individuals (as of September 2021):29 groups, 1 person

  • Unit Membership:We welcome organizations that are working primarily within a prefectural or municipal scope in order to develop initiatives at the local level.

(9) Business and Human Rights Unit

  • Focal point:

Hideki Wakabayashi, Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation

  • Overview:The Business and Human Rights Civil Society Platform is a unit of NGOs working in the area of business and human rights, based on the networking organization "Business and Human Rights Civil Society Platform". At the time of its inception, the unit made recommendations from civil society on the formulation of the Japanese government's national action plan and conducted activities to promote and raise awareness of the concept of business and human rights. After the national action plan was formulated, each organization has been discussing issues related to the implementation process, implementing their own actions, and continuing to make recommendations to the government. Monthly meetings of the Executive Committee are held to exchange opinions.

  • Number of participating organizations (as of September 2021):18 organizations

  • Unit Membership:We look forward to the participation of organizations that are working on business and human rights and those that are interested and concerned about their activities.

(10) Poverty Unit (Domestic Poverty/Disparity Unit) <Under preparation>

  •  Focal point

Ren Onishi, Moyai

(11) Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Unit

  • Focal points:

Nobuyuki Asai, Japan CSO Coalition for Disaster Risk Reduction (JCC-DRR)

Akiko Benimura, Japan CSO Coalition for Disaster Risk Reduction (JCC-DRR)

  • Overview:It is comprised of diverse, multi-regional organizations working in the field of disaster prevention and mitigation. The JCC-DDR is the parent organization of the Japan CSO Network for Disaster Reduction and Reduction (JCC-DDR), which is currently coordinating with other organizations to join the unit and will conduct activities and monitoring to achieve the targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction, a global guideline for disaster reduction by 2030, and the SDGs for disaster reduction and reduction. The Unit will communicate lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident to the world, make policy recommendations in harmony with international trends, and disseminate them at international conferences, with the aim of "building a society that is resilient to disasters.

  • Number of participating organizations (as of September 2021):1 oragnization

  • Unit membership:Since most groups are based in Tokyo and Tohoku, groups based in other areas are especially welcome.

(12) Youth Unit

  • Focal point:

Rina Tanaka, Japan Youth Platform for Sustainability (JYPS)

Kumiko Hongyo,  Japan Youth Platform for Sustainability (JYPS)

  • Overview:The objective is to achieve active and effective participation of Japanese youth and related entities in monitoring and evaluating domestic and international policies for the realization of the SDGs, and in related international conferences, consultations, and negotiations. For this purpose, the MISHOP will appropriately collect opinions from different fields related to youth, prepare and propose policies in line with the position of youth, and disseminate them in the society. The secretariat meets twice a month (2nd and 4th Saturdays), the general meeting is held once a year, and plenary meetings are held as needed.

  • Number of participating groups/individuals (as of September 2021):51 organizations, 569 people

  • Unit Membership:Organizations run by young people under 30 years old or organizations that work with young people under 30 years old in some way are eligible to participate.​​​​


Board members

term of office June 2023-


Masaaki Ohashi

Invited Researcher, Institute for Global Coexistence, University of the Sacred Heart / Visiting Professor, The Open University of Japan

Director, Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center (Hurights Osaka)


Executive Director, CSO Network

Lawyer, Otani & Partners Law Office

Director and Secretary General, NPO Sapporo Free School "Yu"

Policy Advocacy Division, Japan Youth Platform for a Sustainability

Vice Chairperson, Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI-Japan) 

Board Member, Malaria No More Japan

Advocacy Group Leader, Plan International Japan

Secretary General, Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs

Executive Officer, General Manager, Organizational Promotion Division, Japan Consumers' Cooperative Union

Deputy Representative Director, Environmental Partnership Council


Tetsu Asami

Tax accountant, Kojimachi tax payment savings association federation  Chairman

Tetsuji Tanaka

Representative Director, Global Solidarity Tax Forum

Conveners of the Unit Management Conference

The Project Coordinating Council, consisting of the heads of units responsible for activities in their respective fields and regions, as well as the secretariat, has been established to ensure cooperation in each project and coordination among the units and participating NGOs. A "convener" is appointed to ensure effective implementation of the Project Coordination Meeting.


Eiji Ueda

Risa Endo

Japan NPO Center

Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society(JACSES

* 1 person from development unit


Kaori Kuroda

Former representative, Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs

Secretariat staff

executive director

Eriko Nitta


Yuki Matsuno

​General affairs and accounting

​Kayoko Shima

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