Policy Research Domains (Adjacent Basic Research Areas) A. Institutions Related to Financial and Labor Markets, and New Corporate Law and Governance

Research Study on Japan's Third Sector as a Whole and Its Current Business Status

Project Leader/Sub-Leader


USHIRO Fusao Faculty Fellow




This project seeks to reveal an overall picture of Japan's third sector, whose importance as an entity for resolving social issues and addressing social needs continues to garner attention alongside that of government administration (public sector) and commercial enterprises (corporate sector). More specifically,

  • (1) we will delineate the concept of a third sector, which encompasses a broad range of private corporations other than commercial enterprises, and present as far as possible an overall picture of the third sector in Japan;
  • (2) we will examine the business status of third sector organizations and identify the management issues they confront; and
  • (3) taking the above into account, we will offer recommendations on infrastructure improvements needed to enable the third sector to fulfill the social roles required of it.

May 24, 2010 - March 31, 2011

Major Research Results

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers