The island nation of Japan has the most developed economy in Asia. Private foundations set up by businesses and high net worth individuals have a rich tradition of grant-making, while some corporates have gone beyond philanthropy to establish funds investing in impact-driven enterprises.

Ken Ito
AVPN Representative

Ken Ito

East Asia Director
Landscape Report

Social Investment Landscape in Japan

Japan has an innovative social economy with multiple approaches and initiatives including venture philanthropy, impact investment and social impact bonds. The country has also established a credit guarantee scheme for social purpose organisations. Download the report to access Japan's social investment landscape.

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  • Ryosuke Iinuma

    Ryosuke Iinuma

    Representative Director & PresidentAnt Capital Partners Co., Ltd.

  • Takafumi Ikuta

    Takafumi Ikuta

    Senior Research Fellow, Economic Research CenterFujitsu Research Institute

  • Ayaka Matsuno

    Ayaka Matsuno

    Director, Gender Investment and Innovation DepartmentThe Sasakawa Peace Foundation

  • Nanako Kudo

    Nanako Kudo

    Executive DirectorJapan Social Innovation and Investment Foundation (SIIF)

  • Hiroshi Nonomiya

    Hiroshi Nonomiya

    Managing DirectorSocial Investment Partners

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The Japanese impact investing sector is a product of its unprecedented super aging demography, its advanced economy led by powerful corporates, and its nonprofit sector with strong expertise in disaster relief, elderly care, and healthcare.

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The article details a case study on how a social enterprise in Japan partnered with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and local government to bring about major reforms in the country’s childcare system.

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Tomoko Kitagawa By Tomoko Kitagawa

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In a world where social issues are becoming more intertwined and complex, more resources from different angles are necessary to tackle them. Cross Fields believes that the private and public sectors in Japan can provide that necessary human and intellectual capacity building capital to the social sector. Thus, with the mission, “Make a difference to the society by bridging beyond the border and empowering challengers,” we act as the “bridge” by matching skilled-professionals of Japanese corporates to the specialized needs of Social Purpose Organizations.

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Patsian Low By Patsian Low

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The United Nations estimates the financial capital needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is US$ 5-7 trillion annually – imagine if the reported amount could be deployed from the philanthropic capital worldwide towards achieving the SDGs.  The complexity of the impact challenges in Asia have led to a call for more strategic collaborative opportunities between the philanthropic community and policymakers, so that greater impact can be created between their resources and policy mandates and programmes.

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