Partnerships with Japan

I. Social partners - Government, Worker, and Employer members of the ILO Governing Body

Mr. Junichi Ihara, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva

Ms. Akiko Gono,  ILO GB Member of Workers' organizations / Advisor on international affairs, Japanese Trade Union Confederation  (JTUC-RENGO)
Mr. Hiroyuki MATSUI, ILO GB Member, Employers’ organizations / Senior Advisor, International Cooperation Bureau, Japan Business Federation (KEIDANREN)

II. Japan’s support for ILO technical cooperation

For some time after its readmission to the ILO in 1951, Japan benefited from ILO technical cooperation mainly through participation in training programs. Since the relatively early period that followed, it has provided technical assistance as an aid-donor chiefly through the Ministry of Labour. Examples included sending experts, receiving trainees, and hosting seminars and workshops. Today, these cooperation programs are further enriched in content, and government agencies such as the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, workers’ and employers’ organizations, the private sector, and research institutes are actively providing support to ILO’s activities in terms of funding and the provision of human resources.

During the biennium from 2012 to 2013, the ILO procured a total of 507 million dollars in voluntary contributions. These contributions, which account for over 40% of the ILO’s revenue sources, are used for technical cooperation projects. Japan’s financial support for ILO technical cooperation in 2012-2013 amounted to approximately 13.6 million dollars.


1. Japanese government 

  • Support for Asia
  • Support for Africa
  • Global Support

2. Cooperation through UN Funds 

  •   UN Trust Fund for Human Security

3. Cooperation through workers' and employers' organizations 


4. Public-Private Partnerships 

ILO activities supported by Japanese business and associations

  • African Cooperative Leaders' Study Tour
  • Support through human resources
  • Financial support for child labour projects
  • Donation to the project to recover from the earthquake in Central Java