Related Organizations

Public Institutions

An external bureau of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, this agency is responsible for promoting culture and international cultural exchange and for administration of religious policy. Another of its duties consists of activities to promote international cooperation in cultural heritage overseas. Each year, it seeks participants in networking core centers programs and international contribution programs for purposes of preservation and restoration, including projects of the Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage.

This ministry contributes to Japan’s international cooperation activities in cultural heritage through programs including official development assistance (ODA), UNESCO Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the Preservation of the World Cultural Heritage, and UNESCO Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Agencies that Support International Cooperation

This independent administrative institution under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is one of the implementing agencies for official development assistance (ODA). It carries out a wide range of projects for purposes of economic and social development in developing countries. It also conducts community development projects through preservation of cultural heritage as part of this framework.

This office carries out projects to help support activities to protect cultural heritage in countries of the Asia-Pacific region, including human-resources development projects in cooperation with international agencies.

This is the association of Japanese members of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), an international nongovernmental organization (NGO). It is involved in lively activities as a center for international network activities related to preservation of cultural heritage.

This independent administrative institution under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which carries out activities intended to encourage international cultural exchange. It also makes substantial contributions to exchange of human resources in the field of international cooperation in cultural heritage.

This federation of approximately 300 UNESCO Associations across Japan issues the Yearbook of World Heritage and supports preservation of valuable cultural and natural heritage in developing countries.

Research institutions

This Institute has the country’s only center for international cooperation in cultural heritage (the Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation). It trains human resources through activities including preservation and restoration of cultural assets overseas and international training projects.

This is a research institute combined with a museum. It carries out research and exhibition activities centered on ethnology and cultural anthropology. Together with hosting numerous events such as seminars on international cultural heritage, it also provides museum training for museum staff from around the world.

Along with taking part in numerous joint research and preservation/restoration projects with research institutions overseas, including ones in China and the Republic of Korea, this Institute also conducts international training.

Private foundations

This foundation is involved in numerous activities including maintenance and restoration of cultural properties (works of art and ruins) in many countries.

This foundation provides grants for research on East Asia and Southeast Asia.

As part of its grants for scientific research, this foundation supports research in the domains of the humanities and society. It has supported numerous studies for the preservation of cultural heritage overseas.

This foundation provides grants for international exchange and cooperation related to preservation of cultural heritage and research on the arts.

International Organizations

This institution, which belongs to the UNESCO Culture Sector, serves as the secretariat of the World Heritage Committee, which meets annually. It manages inscription of new heritages and preservation screening for the World Heritage Committee, the UNESCO General Assembly and, States Parties, and it also conducts other activities to protect cultural heritage.

This non-governmental international organization was established in 1965 following the conclusion, in 1964, of the International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites (Venice Charter). It is made up of member countries’ specialists and specialized organizations on the front lines of protection of cultural heritage. It conducts research and application of theories, methodologies, and science and technology for protection of cultural heritage and serves as a UNESCO advisory body on the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, carrying out activities including screening of heritages for inscription and monitoring.

Officially known as the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, this is an intergovernmental organization on preservation of cultural property. It provides research advice on scientific and technical topics and carries out activities intended to train specialists and improve restoration techniques.

Other related organizations

This academy’s activities include raising awareness of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and related human-resources development, management of the Test of World Heritage Study, and holding lectures and seminars.


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