UNESCO boasts a longstanding and solid relationship with Japan. This Member State joined UNESCO on 2 July 1951, well before it became a UN member on 18 December 1956. This Member State is currently the largest contributor to UNESCO’s Regular Budget.
Japan’s admission to UNESCO had its roots in the spontaneous rise of non-governmental UNESCO activities in Japan soon after WWII. At that time, there were already over 100 “UNESCO Cooperative Associations” (now UNESCO Associations) active throughout the country, as well as nearly 100 UNESCO Clubs at high schools and universities.
On 1 May 1948, the National Federation of UNESCO Cooperative Associations in Japan was established, which changed its name to the current National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ) in 1951. Today there are 300 UNESCO Associations and Clubs in Japan.
Japan has had uninterrupted membership on the Executive Board since 1952.
- UNESCO Chair on Environmental Management and Infrastructure Development Engineering (115)
- UNESCO Chair in Research and Education for Sustainable Development (773)
- UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Human Security and Capacity-building in Post-conflict Societies (992)
- UNESCO Chair on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management (2015)