JPRNfs Project History
Project (Since 1992)
The non-profit sector has
increased in importance as a new factor for public interests during the last
quarter of the 20th century worldwide.
In response to the increased interests among the Japanese society in
charity and voluntary activities, we became a support organization for NPOs in
the United States while we began introducing the US nonprofit civic movement to
Japan. Since then, we have been involved in many projects to achieve our
principal goal of promoting nonprofit activities in both countries. In
the mid 1990's, we launched Japan-US NPO projects, in collaboration with the
NPO Support Center in Tokyo, Japan, to enhance the Japan-US relationship and
nonprofit exchanges and networking between the two countries.
We offer a nonprofit
internship training for students and others who are interested in non-profit
organizations. Although we intended to accept all interns to our
organization at first, our internship training program has grown so big that we
now send many interns to our partner organizations. In addition to
an individual internship program, we organized a group training program to
better serve the needs for team-building projects. Between fall 2001 and summer 2002, we carried out "San
Francisco Internship Program", a series of four sessions of two-month period
in relay at five different NPOs in San Francisco Bay Area. (Participating interns were all from Japan.)
We have offered the "Hands-on NPO Management Seminar in the US" for
those who are already experienced in NPOs in Japan. In 2000, we launched the "The
NPO Experience Program" for those who are new to but interested in
getting their hands on NPOs. This ongoing program offers Japanese volunteers an
opportunity to experience first hand the efforts of various organizations to
tackle some of the difficulties that crop up in an environment as culturally and
ethnically diverse as the Bay Area. There is an edgier side to America that the
younger generation in Japan doesn't have an opportunity to see, and our program
gives them such an opportunity. We offer this program several times throughout
the spring and summer. Moreover, we invite NPO leaders and scholars in the US
to Japan to hold forums and seminars on social issues and related topics.
We offer a week-long
study tour for scholars, researchers and those who have been actively involved
in NPOs in Japan. For example, what we
offered most recently include a study tour to social service organizations,
youth organizations and environmental organizations as well as Management
Support Organizations (MSO), which was co-sponsored by Nagano prefecture
government NPO Support Center. We also organized a series of educational tours
to learn about the community-based senior services in relation to the long-term care insurance system in Japan. These
study tours consist of a number of segments, such as participating in a seminar
on NPOs, visiting NPOs and facilities, volunteer experiencing, etc.
We research various
aspects of US NPOs, such as regulation, structure, operation and management,
and partnership with businesses and government agencies; print monographs as
JPRN publications and publish research articles and dissertations to newspapers
and journals. As part of the research
project, we published bimonthly journals "GAIN: Journal of America's
Grass-roots Civic Movement", between 1993 and 1997.
Project (Since 1988)
JPRN was established in
1985 as an extension of JIEN (Japanese Immigrant Educational Network), which
was formed in 1982 with the goal of promoting human rights and establishing a
network of Japanese immigrants who lived abroad after the World War II. JPRN had worked on many projects that
promote and protest human rights of the underserved, such as immigrants, ethnic
minorities, women, and the disabled in both Japan and the US.
Through our internship and
volunteer program tailored to fit the needs of students and those who are
interested in NPOs, JPRN offers opportunities for getting involved in human rights
activities in both Japan and the US in order to develop future NPO staff. We also organize seminars and forums both in
Japan and the US to establish a network among human rights activists and
leaders from both countries.
We offer a week-long
study tour for scholars, researchers and long-time human rights activists in
Japan. We have conducted a study tour, gCommunity
Development with Emphasis on Human Rights in Japan and the USh, which was
co-sponsored by International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and
Racism (IMADR). These study tours
usually consist of participation to human rights seminars, and visits to human
rights groups, government agencies and business entities making progress on
human rights issues.
Our research on human rights in the US focuses on
federal laws and the actual situation, human rights groups and business
corporations working towards solutions, and the government measures. We publish research monographs on the
subject as part of our publication, and also contribute our reports to
newspapers and journals.
Corporate Philanthoropy Projects (Since 1988)
During the late 1980fs,
many Japanese companies expanded their operations overseas in the US, however,
they were criticized by local communities for the lack of local involvement and
contribution. In response to the growth
of such social conflicts between Japanese companies in the US and local
communities, JPRN initiated the gCivil Rights and Japanese Corporate
Communitiesh project, and we initiated in corporate philanthropy movement,
enlightening both Japanese companies and local communities through our research,
and making a policy proposal on corporate social responsibility. In the late 1990fs, we conducted a wide
variety of research and educational projects to evaluate Japanese banks in the
US and their contributions to local communities, enforcing the Community
Reinvestment Act (CRA).
Through our internship
program tailored to fit the needs of students and others who are interested in
corporate philanthropy, JPRN offers opportunities for getting involved in
corporate philanthropy activities to develop NPO staff and activists. We also organize seminars and forums both in
Japan and the US to establish a network among corporate philanthropists and
leaders from both countries.
We offer a week-long
study tour for scholars, researchers and long-time activists of corporate
philanthropy in Japan. For example, we
conducted an educational tour to study "Measurement to Support
Minority-Owned Businesses in the USh, as requested by the Human Rights
Association for Koreans in Japan. These
study tours consist of seminars and visits to NPOs, government agencies and
business entities implementing a corporate philanthropy measurement.
Our research focuses on the realities of corporate
philanthropy both in Japan and the US.
We publish research monographs as part of our publication, and also
contribute our reports to newspapers and journals to express our opinions to
the public. We had conducted a research
on evaluating US companies in Japan and their effort for corporate philanthropy
back home in the US, and the findings were published in Japan. In the 1990's, we had studied on the
collaboration between business corporations and NPOs. One notable example of our research was published as a monograph
titled gUS companies and their social contributions: Evaluation of 30 companies
from Coca-Cola to IBMh.