Creating a Mutual Assistance Society

Creating a Mutual Assistance Society

Tokyo faces various pressing social issues, including a seriously declining birthrate and aging population, as well as earthquakes directly beneath the Tokyo metropolitan area. In addition, the number of single-person households and people with roots in foreign countries has increased in recent years, and the values and interests of people in local communities have diversified. Furthermore, the outbreak of the new Corona disease is threatening the connections between people in neighborhoods.
Under these circumstances, mutual assistance initiatives including volunteer activities are increasingly playing an important role as an effective means of solving social issues. These initiatives can be conducted flexibly and attentively with a pioneering spirit and expertise.

For Tokyo to develop sustainably and become a city where everyone supports each other and lives with hopes and dreams, it is necessary to encourage people to participate in volunteer activities in a variety of fields, such as social welfare and the environment, intercultural cohesion, sports and culture, as well as the community activities of town and resident associations.
In 2021, the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020 Games) will be held for the second time in Tokyo. At the 2012 London Games, volunteers working for the operation of the Games and the hospitality of tourists, exhibited significant strength. Even at the Tokyo Games, the participation of many volunteers is essential for the success of the Games, and we hope volunteer activities will not be temporary, but that even after the Games, the spirit should drive mutual assistance as a legacy.

Based on this hope, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government formulated Tokyo mutual assistance society promotion guidelines in 2016 and has been studying initiatives and mechanisms to make it work. Based on this background, the foundation promotes the creation of a mutual assistance society that connects people and revitalizes local communities in collaboration with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, citizens and diverse organizations.

Efforts toward Creating a Mutual Assistance Society

Efforts toward creating a mutual assistance society

Efforts will be made to revitalize local communities, including the consolidation of volunteer culture triggered by the Tokyo 2020 Games and support for town and resident associations.

Examples of Business
  • In order to continue volunteer activities such as those related to the Tokyo 2020 Games and expand the scope of participation, the "Volunteer Legacy Network (tentative)" is operated as a mechanism that allows people and organizations interested in volunteers to acquire various related information and opportunities for activities.
  • Assist local community problem solving through a collaboration between town and resident associations that are unable to fully operate due to a shortage of members, etc., and local companies, NPOs and other organizations.