Partnerships with Japan

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

  • Mr Kazuyuki YAMAZAKI, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative 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)
  • Ms Emiko NAGASAWA, ILO GB Member of Employers’ organizations / Senior Advisor, Labour Legislation Bureau, Japan Business Federation (KEIDANREN)

II.  Japan and ILO signed memorandum of cooperation

During his second official visit to Japan from 10 to 13 May 2017, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder had meetings with constituents, delivered speeches in several events, signed Memorandum of Cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and consolidated the framework of collaboration with the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO (L), with Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Japan's Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare © Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

TOKYO (ILO News) - Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, and Japan's Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Yasuhisa Shiozaki, have signed the Memorandum of Cooperation in Tokyo on 11 May 2017 to further strengthen the bond of cooperation between the ILO and Japan taking into consideration new developments including the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in 2015, and the ILO's centenary to be celebrated in 2019.
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III. Japan and the ILO: A partnership for development

The Government of Japan and the ILO in Asia and the Pacific enjoy a long-standing partnership that has, through their joint efforts, brought many improvements in the world of work.  The Japanese Government’s technical support for the ILO in the region began in 1974, with the organization of regional seminars on a range of labour issues. By the 1980’s Japan’s engagement had expanded to support individual development projects across the region.

Working in close coordination with governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and other multi-lateral bodies, the Japan-funded projects respond to a range of national concerns such as unemployment, social protection, child labour, labour migration, occupational safety and health, green business practices and the formalization of informal economies.

Japan’s financial contribution to ILO project work is about US$4 million per year. The projects have covered more than 20 ILO member States.
Currently, Japanese-supported projects are mainly implemented through the ILO/Japan Multi-bilateral Programme and the UN Trust Fund for Human Security. 

1. Japanese government 

2. Cooperation through UN Funds 

3. Cooperation with European Union (EU) / Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

4. Cooperation through workers' and employers' organizations 

5. 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