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Minato Unesco Association

What is the Minato UNESCO Association?

The Minato UNESCO Association is a grass roots volunteer organization, established on October 17, 1981 in Minato City, Tokyo, where its members engage in UNESCO activities.

Prof. Nagano, President of the Minato UNESCO Association, gave a presentation at the First International Conference on Technologies for Smart Green Connected Societies 2021 (ICTSGS) on November 29, 2021, introducing Japan's non-governmental UNESCO movement and the various activities of the Minato UNESCO Association.


Minato City, Tokyo is where the first foreign diplomatic mission was located in Japan. Currently, more than half of the foreign embassies in Japan are located in the same ward, and it is one of the areas with the largest number of foreign residents in terms of population. Also the ward accommodates the greatest number of foreign-affiliated companies in Japan. Capitalizing on such a regional characteristic, our association was established for the purpose of better interaction between foreigners living in the ward and Japanese residents. With a membership system, members currently extend not only within the ward but also to the metropolitan area.

Our activities are very extensive and include such programs as symposia to think about what we should do as a global citizen; hands-on workshops to appreciate such traditional Japanese culture as Yukata dressing and calligraphy; international understanding lectures; introductions to different cooking and tastes of the world; participation in the Minato “Kumin-Matsuri” Festival; and English and Japanese language classes. Many of these activities are co-sponsored by the Minato City Board of Education.

Why don't you join us for fun? Your participation will be always welcome.

What is UNESCO?
It is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization headquartered in Paris.
It is better known and familiar in its abbreviated expression – UNESCO. The mission of UNESCO is clearly stated in the UNESCO Charter with the words, "Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”
Japan joined UNESCO in July 1951 as the 60th member country.
What is the Private-sector UNESCO Movement?
The UNESCO Associations in Japan are private-sector volunteer organizations. In 1947, the world's first private-sector UNESCO cooperating organization was founded in Sendai by people who resonated with UNESCO's philosophy to "deepen mutual understanding and promote international peace and common welfare for humankind in the fields of education, science and cultural communication." This movement quickly spread throughout Japan, and today more than 280 associations are active in various places.