- Japan YMCA
- Current State of YMCAs in Japan
- YMCA Request
- Character Development
- Japan YMCA Mission Statement
There are presently 35 city YMCAs in Japan that operate 202 program facilities along with 37 training centers and campsites. From the early Meiji era, Japan YMCA was a forerunner in English education, camping & outdoor education, vocational training, and wellness & sports programming. YMCA has made important contributions in youth programs, social welfare services and physical education.
Basketball and volleyball which were invented by the YMCA of the United States were introduced to Japan through the YMCA. YMCAs in Japan also pioneered night-school for English education and vocational training. Over the years, the training and development of many youth has been entrusted to YMCA, and a wide range of programs and services have been introduced to respond to changing needs within society. A strong national YMCA campaign to raise consciousness and support children with special needs has been realized in recent years.
Japan YMCA is actively engaged within the international YMCA network and collaborates closely with YMCAs abroad. YMCA mobilizes volunteers and sends support when earthquakes, tsunami, or other disasters strike throughout the world. Japan YMCA also collaborates with many volunteers, community organizers, youth, faith organizations, NGOs, and other committed groups to work in the areas of peace education, international understanding, environmental education, and human rights advocacy.
Current State of YMCAs in Japan
|Foundations and corporations operated by YMCAs in Japan||Incorporated Foundations||27|
|Social Welfare Service Corporations||10|
|Supporting Members (individuals)※2||9,538|
|Supporting Members (corporations)※3||670|
|Student YMCA Members||450|
≪Volunteers / Staff≫
|Staff & Teachers (full-time)||2,570|
|Policy Lay Leaders※4||1,929|
≪Schools & Educational Programs≫
|Nursery Schools / Kindergartens / Childcare Centers||90|
|Children with Special Needs Programs||38|
|Preparatory Schools & Study Programs||21|
|English and Foreign Language Schools||54|
|Japanese Language Schools||18|
|Accredited High Schools||8|
|Free Schools / Free-space Centers||7|
|International Schools /
|City YMCAs / YMCA Branches /
|Hotels / Rental Facilities / Youth Hostels||19|
|Nursing Homes / Group Homes||5|
|Home Support Service Centers / Day Service Centers / Preventive Support Programs||58|
(As of June 1, 2013)
※1 Members registered in year-round outdoor programs, education-related programs, etc.
※2 Individuals who support the mission of YMCA and pay membership fees.
※3 Corporations who support the mission of YMCA and pay membership fees.
※4 Volunteer lay leaders responsible for policy making.
※5 Volunteer youth leaders who work with children in outdoor programs, educational programs, etc.
YMCAs in Japan
- Hokkaido YMCA
- Morioka YMCA
- Sendai YMCA
- Gunma YMCA
- Tochigi YMCA
- Ibaraki YMCA
- Chiba YMCA
- Saitama YMCA
- Tokyo YMCA
- Korea YMCA in Japan
- Yokohama YMCA
- Yamanashi YMCA
- Atami YMCA
- Toyama YMCA
- Kanazawa YMCA
- Nagoya YMCA
- Mie YMCA
- Shiga YMCA
- Kyoto YMCA
- Nara YMCA
- Osaka YMCA
- Wakayama YMCA
- Kobe YMCA
- Himeji YMCA
- Fukuchiyama YMCA
YMCA requests that individuals cultivate the following through their participation in YMCA:
- Be kind to yourself and to all who you encounter.
- Take responsibility within your family and community.
- Consider how your behavior and actions impact the global community and environment.
- Develop a sense of volunteerism and ability to lead.
- Grow strong in Spirit, Mind and Body.
To realize these aims, the 4 core values of Caring Honesty, Responsibility and Respect are integral to ｢YMCA Character Development｣.
"Kind Hearts, Beaming Smiles Campaign" ｢Character Development｣
YMCA is committed to the development of strong character by emphasizing the core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility which is incorporated into all programs and activities. YMCA respects each person's unique personality, and by focusing on these 4 core values, it is the aim that individuals who participate in YMCA programs and activities will develop strong characters as they learn, grow, interact and thrive. ｢Character Development｣ is presented to children as our Kind Hearts, Beaming Smiles Campaign. Hiroshima YMCA also believes that developing and manifesting these 4 core values throughout the course of life is instrumental to the building of peace-culture.
Japan YMCA Mission Statement
- We, the YMCAs in Japan, learning from the life of love and service manifested in Jesus Christ shall carry on the following mission in collaboration with other YMCAs throughout the world.
- We shall promote holistic growth of all people throughout their lives, and shall preserve and foster all life, respecting the value and integrity of Creation.
- We shall strive to preserve human rights, seeking justice and fairness, and shall work to develop a society where people volunteer to share in the pain and joy of others,
- Recognizing our historical responsibility to the people of the Asia-Pacific region, we shall walk forward hand in hand with the people of the world to build a world of peace.
Approved by The National Coucil of YMCAs of Japan 106th Standing Committee
June 15, 1996