SHAPLA NEER = Citizens’ Committee in Japan for Overseas Support


Basic Information of Shapla Neer

About Shapla Neer

“Specified Nonprofit Corporation, Shapla Neer = Citizens’ Committee in Japan for Overseas Support” (Shapla Neer) is a Japanese International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) established in 1972. It is an organization that is independent from any specific religion, political party, business, or organization. Problems we can see within society that arise from North/South issues, particularly solving issues related to poor people’s living conditions in South Asia, are what our work is aimed at, in South Asia and in Japan. We aspire to realize a world where all people can flourish in the rich potential of every human being.
Our name, Shapla Neer, comes from our roots. In the language of Bangladesh, Bengal, Shapla Neer means “House of the Water Lilies”. “Shapla” is also the national flower of Bangladesh.

Our Mission

Our Mission

Shapla Neer’s mission is to improve the living conditions of underprivileged communities in South Asian countries through domestic and international activities and services that focus on solving current socialeconomic issues.

Summary of our organization

Offitial Title Japanese title
English title
Shapla Neer = Citizens’ Committee in Japan for Overseas Support

2-3-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan 169-8611
TEL: 03-3202-7863
FAX: 03-3202-4593
Closest train stations:
– Waseda Station (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line)
– Nishi-Waseda Station (Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line)
– Takadanobaba Station (JR・Seibu Shinjuku Line)
Operating hours: 10:00 – 18:00, Tuesday – Saturday 
(Closed: Monday, Sunday, National Holidays, End-of-year, Beginning-of-year)

Activities – Support for girls working as domestic workers
– Support for Rural ethnic & char (sandbank) area children
– Support for community disaster preparedness in cyclone prone areas
– Adolescent-led sustainable consumption education for climate change adaptation and mitigation
– Support for child labour reduction in rural areas
– Support for community disaster risk reduction in flood prone regions
– Initiatives Related to Foreign Residents in Japan
– Emergency and disaster relief
– Support handicraft producers to improve their livelihoods and communities through Fair Trad
– Study Tours in Bangladesh & Nepal
– Seminars & Study Sessions on International Aid

Various activities related to those listed above

Chairperson Kazutaka Sakaguchi
Secretary General Toyoaki Komatsu
Staff Japan: 18 employees
Bangladesh: 14 employees (includes 1 resident Japanese employees)
Nepal: 6 employees (includes 1 resident Japanese employee)
Established September 1972
Registered as NPO August 2001
Headquarters Tokyo
Membership 1,308 members(as of March 2022)
Monthly Supporters 1,337 supporters (as of March 2022)
Financial Reports Annual Report 2021(Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2020(Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2019(Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2018 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2017 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2016 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2015 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2014 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2013 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2012 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2011 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2010 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2009 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2008 (Japanase, pdf)
Annual Report 2007 (Japanase, pdf)
Annual Report 2006 (Japanase, pdf)

Awards 1985 Yoshikawa Eiji Prize
1989 Tokyo Bar Association’s Human Rights Award
1989 Foreign Minister’s Commendations
1993 Mainichi International Exchange Award
2005 Asahi Shimbun Social Welfare Award
2012 Okinawa Peace Award
2013 Peace Award Hiroshima
2014 Excellent NPO Best Performance Award
2015 Japan partnership Award
2017 Ayus best performance Award


Achievement of Shapla Neer