The Japanese National Commission for UNESCO


The Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, located in Tokyo, is a governmental body cooperating with UNESCO. It was created in 1952, one year after Japan had joined the Organisation. The main objective of the National Commission is to create a link between civil society and UNESCO.


The Commission is in charge of coordinating the UNESCO-related activities of the Japanese Government as well as those of various Japanese civil society organisations that dedicate their activities to the promotion of UNESCO's programmes and ideals (non-governmental organisations, non-profit associations, foundations.). It ensures communication between the different actors involved in UNESCO's activities and facilitates the exchange of information.


Very familiar with the on-going activities on the field and aware of the needs in the various UNESCO's programmes, the National Commission also advises the Japanese authorities, conceives plans of actions, proposes projects, and carries out research activities.


The National Commission draws up the basic policy of Japan's action with regard to UNESCO and carries out analysis and research activities aimed at forwarding major projects (for example, such important issues as international conventions). It also helps UNESCO to evaluate the impact of its activities.


The representatives of Japan to the Executive Board and the General Conference of UNESCO can also benefit from the National Commission's wide experience in the many issues to be discussed in these governing bodies.


The Japanese National Commission for UNESCO has been chaired for several years by the renowned painter Ikuo HIRAYAMA , UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Now, the Chairperson is Dr. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa and the Vice-Chaipersons are Mr. TAMURA Tetsuo and Ms. MATSUSHITA Tomoko.


Contact :


Japanese National Commission for UNESCO

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
3-2-2 Kasumiga-seki, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 100-8959 JAPAN

Website: (it gives detailed information of Japan's contribution to UNESCO)




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