It is with a heavy heart that I should announce that Oxfam Japan closed down all its operations, dissolved its corporate entity and withdrew from Oxfam Confederation on September 30, 2018.
Oxfam Japan was established as a nonprofit corporation in 2003 and formally became an affiliate of Oxfam International in 2012. Since this time, a wide range of support from individuals, corporations, foundations, governments, and the Oxfam Confederation has made its work possible.
Oxfam Japan has been active on numerous fronts, including lobbying the Japanese government and international institutions to act on issues such as economic inequality and gender justice; establishing a vibrant network of young people committed to social justice; participating in the humanitarian response following serious earthquakes in Japan; and fundraising through Oxfam shops and activities centered on the annual Trailwalker event.
Despite these achievements, the organisation has been unable to get to a point where it is financially self-sufficient, and Oxfam Japan's Board of Trustees took the difficult decision to close in March 2018.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Oxfam Japan's staff, board, supporters, donors, and partners, for joining us in the fight against poverty and inequality.
Oxfam International's secretariat and Oxfam Japan have jointly developed a plan that will ensure responsible closure and that the vital work undertaken by the organisation in Japan and beyond is taken forward by others.
Oxfam Japan stopped receiving public donations in May 2018. Any remaining funds held by the organisation have been used to support Oxfam's humanitarian work around the world, including partners in Kumamoto that help mothers with young children, rebuild their lives after the 2016 earthquake.
We at the Board of Oxfam Japan would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our supporters, donors, partners, and colleagues, for joining Oxfam Japan to fight against poverty, economic deprivation and gender inequality. We hope they will continue to support Oxfam International and the other 19 Oxfam affiliates that continue to work on the issues we all care so deeply about.
Although Oxfam Japan is closing, we continue to believe in the power of people against poverty, and we hope that one day Oxfam will be back in Japan.
Former Board Chair
Contact: email@example.com (Post Closure Organization for Oxfam Japan)