Community Core Leaders Development Program (Core)

To build a regional ‘cohesive society’ where each diverse individual joins society and supports each other as well as puts one’s own abilities to good use, social activities by various entities such as local community, non-profit organization and administrative body need to be enhanced. Based on the recognition of its importance along with the achievement of the Young Core Leaders of Civil Society Groups Development Program of the previous years, mutual exchanges shall be organized that involve Japanese and foreign participants engaged in problem-solving in the fields of elderly people, persons with disabilities and youth, to be sent to countries which have innovative models in those fields and to be invited to Japan, in order to seek various measures to solve problems in each field, develop their practical skills such as organizational management, cooperation with other organization and networking through interaction with young leaders.

(Below is of the fiscal year 2015 Young Core Leaders of Civil Society Groups Development Program)


  • Activities for Elderly People Course: “Life of elderly people with motivation in life”
  • Activities for Persons with Disabilities Course: “Support for social participation of persons with disabilities”
  • Activities for Youth Course: “Nature of development of youth workers”

Sending Program

Delegation from Japan were sent to Germany (Activities for Elderly People Course), UK (Activities for Persons with Disability Course) and Austria (Activities for Youth Course) from October 11 to 22, 2015. During the Program they visited institutions related to the respective courses and had discussions.

Invitation Program

Foreign participants who are active in the fields of elderly people, persons with disabilities and youth from Germany, UK, and Austria were invited to Japan from February 23 to March 8, 2016. During the program they are participated in NPO Management Forum and Local Program with respect to each courses and had discussions.

NPO Management Forum

Participation in a wide range of social activities which actively contribute to the international society and communities is requisite to realizing a “cohesive society”, where individuals with various attributes participate in society in an independent manner to support themselves and each other while making full use of their respective abilities.

The NPO Management Forum 2016 (the 14th NPO Management Forum) was implemented with the aim that actively involving Japanese and foreign participants in non-profit sector in three fields (elderly people, persons with disabilities and youth) forgathered to share beneficial information based on the situations of NPOs and their activities in respective countries and exchange opinions in a pragmatic manner, thereby enhancing their capacities for NPO management, supporting social activities in their respective fields, and eventually, becoming youth leaders so as to play a central role in the activities.

General theme for Discussion / Discussion Topics

For further development of non-profit organizations’ activities
-Cooperation and collaboration among non-profit organization and business enterprise

  • Topic 1: Cooperation and collaboration in project
  • Topic 2: Cooperation and collaboration relating to human resource development
  • Topic 3: Cooperation and collaboration relating to public relations

Institutional Visits by Topic

During the NPO Management Forum, foreign and Japanese participants had discussions in three different topics.

Prior to the discussions, institutional visits were implemented on February 25, Thursday, according to the topics foreign participants belonged to, with their aim to learn the current situation in Japan, accompanied by the NPO Management Forum Organizing Committee members. The participants visited non-profit organizations in the fields of elderly people, persons with disabilities and youth, exchanged information and ideas with staff on the general theme and deepened understanding of the situation surrounding non-profit organization in Japan.

Regional Program

From March 1 to 6, 2016 foreign participants visited Kagoshima (Activities for Elderly People Course), Oita (Activities for Persons with Disabilities Course) and Wakayama (Activities for Youth Course) and had visits to the related institutions to have discussions with staff and participated in the Local Seminar.

Report of the Young Core Leaders of Civil Society Groups Development Program (Core)