Priority Field of Our Activities
Emergency Assistance
Support for Persons with Disabilities
Mine/UXO Action
Action against Infectious Diseases
Awareness Raising

About AAR Japan

AAR Japan was founded in 1979 by Yukika SOHMA, our first chairperson, with a mission to help refugees from Indochina, and as a civil organization without any political, religious, or ideological affiliations. It has since then grown into an international organization approved and registered by the United Nations.

The Trademarks of AAR Japan

Impartiality to Politics, Religion, Ideology

We hold impartiality to politics, religion, and ideology as one of our principles. As such, we try not to rely solely on public funds from the United Nations or from governments.

Reaching Out to Those Most Vulnerable

Our overseas and domestic activities are centered around the notion of providing long-term assistance to those who are placed in the most vulnerable positions, even among people who are generally under difficult conditions.

Our Main Activities

Emergency Assistance

When disaster strikes, whether it be armed conflicts or natural hazards, we provide emergency assistance. Our assistance is also extended to reconstruction of infrastructure and restoration of daily lives in rehabilitation phase.

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Support for Persons with Disabilities

AAR Japan is dedicated to empowering persons with disabilities (PWDs), including survivors of mine and UXO (unexploded ordnance) accidents, through vocational training, wheelchair provision, and community based rehabilitation.

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Mine/UXO Action

AAR Japan’s mine action takes multi-track approach; supporting mine clearance, implementing mine risk education, and providing victim assistance.

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Action against Infectious Diseases

AAR Japan conducts hygiene promotion, disease prevention, and care programs for people who face life-threating infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cholera, and mycetoma.

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Public Awareness Raising

AAR Japan takes every opportunity to reach out to the general public of Japan to raise their interest in our activities and pressing global issues.

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We have been active in over 60 different countries / regions.

Pakistan Tajikistan Afghanistan Turkey Sudan Uganda Zambia Kenya Japan Myanmar Laos Cambodia
Countries We Have Worked In
Nepal, Haiti, Vanuatu, Sri Lanka, Angola, Lebanon, Malaysia, Thai, the Philippines, Bangladesh, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Tanzania, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Iran, Hungary, Indonesia, etc.

Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize as an ICBL Member

As a member organization of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), we were co-recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. We also had the honor of receiving the Yomiuri Newspaper International Cooperation Award in 1999, and the Okinawa Peace Award in 2008. Furthermore, we obtained special consultative status in the United Nation's Economic and Social Council in 1998.

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AAR Japan
7F, Mizuho Building, 2-12-2 Kamiosaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 141-0021 Japan
Tel: +81-3-5423-4511
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