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

Regional Head, East Asia
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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