What is the ACPF?
The ACPF was founded in 1982. The first honorary president was Toshio DOKO, former Chairperson of the Japan Business Federation. The current President is Toshiaki HIWATARI, former Prosecutor General. The current Chairperson is Mikinao KITADA, former Superintendent Prosecutor. The ACPF provides support for the activities of the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI), and helps to enhance international cooperation. Internationally, the ACPF was recognized as a “United Nations NGO” with Consultative Status to the UN, and was raised to the highest level of General Consultative Status in 2000. The ACPF has 12 branches in Japan and 17 cooperating organizations in other countries.
―Prosperity without crime!―
This is the slogan of the Asia Crime Prevention Foundation (ACPF). In reality, it would be difficult to have a society free of crime, but we should aim for this goal in our actions. Yet how do we do this? By contributing locally and internationally through the international cooperation activities of the United Nations in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.
The Three Pillars of the ACPF Activities
Supporting UNAFEI’s Training Courses and Seminars
Every year, UNAFEI invites around 20 participants from less developed countries in the world to join an international training course or seminar. Another responsibility is to collect, analyze and research relevant information as part of the JICA and ODA activities. Japanese participants from the police, prosecution, courts, corrections, probation and parole, and other areas of criminal justice also take part in the course or seminar.
Over a period of five weeks, participants develop a sense of camaraderie by living under the same roof, and together, discuss the issues and possible solutions, and put together a group report. This work helps the participants to further broaden their perspectives, and contributes to the forming of close bonds which go beyond the differences in country or expertise.
There are a considerable number of UNAFEI alumni who, after returning to their respective countries, later go on to assume pivotal roles in their home country (Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Minister of Justice, Prosecutor-General, and so forth), and this network of UNAFEI alumni is a driving force for the cooperating organizations of the ACPF located abroad.
The ACPF provides cooperation for the enrichment of the UNAFEI international training courses and seminars. Lectures are not enough to truly understand Japan. Seeing is believing. In order to broaden the firsthand experiences of the participants, the ACPF branches in Japan organize tours of the local criminal justice offices as well as cultural interactions.
Moreover, in its role as a United Nations NGO, the ACPF is responsible for assisting, cooperating with, and proposing crime prevention activities for the UN by compiling the opinions of the less developed countries and related organizations.
Holding Lectures and Seminars
Activities in Japan
Promising senior officials in the field of criminal justice administration from the less developed countries come to UNAFEI’s training courses. Moreover, renown experts from the developed countries are invited to give lectures as visiting lecturers. In other words, participants not only gain information about the legal system of each country, but also invaluable information on actual operations and the present situation in relation to crime prevention and criminal justice administration, which amounts to a veritable “treasure trove of knowledge”.
Utilizing this resource, the ACPF organizes lectures and seminars in collaboration with UNAFEI. In particular, from 2013, with the cooperation of the Association of Corporate Legal Departments, the ACPF has been arranging for lectures by UNAFEI visiting lecturers to be given in Tokyo, which have received positive reviews from corporate participants. They are also proving to be extremely useful for companies hoping to expand overseas.
- Administration in Bribery Act 2010 of UK-Countermeasures of Japanese corporations against bribery
Lecturer : Head, Serious Fraud Office, UK
- Civil Forfeiture & Criminal Forfeiture, and Plea Bargaining and settlement
Lecturer : Trial Attorney, Department of Justice, USA
- Systems and Situations in Anti-Bribery Act in USA,UK, China, and Vietnam
Lecturers : Prosecutor attached to the Japanese
Embassy to China, UNAFEI Deputy Director, et al.
- World Trends in Anti-Corruption-Experiences in Hong Kong and the World
Lecturer :Former Deputy Commissioner. Independent
Commission Against Corruption, Hong Kong
- Keeping Corruption at Bay : Maintaining Singapore as a Viable
Lecturer : Senior Deputy Director, Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau
- Effective Practices of Anti-Corruption Education in Cooperation with the Private Sector and Civil Society Hong Kong’s experience
Lecturer: Assistant Director of Community Relations, Independent
Commission Against Corruption, Hong Kong
- Effective Anti-Corruption Practice in the Private Sector
Lecturer: Executive Director, Hong Kong Business Ethics
Development Centre, Independent Commission against
Corruption, Hong Kong
The ACPF and its overseas cooperating organizations hold seminars on matters of compliance with regard to the legal systems, administration and trends of other Asian countries where Japanese companies plan to expand.
One such example is the ACPF Thailand Seminar where senior officials of the Thai administrative agencies provide practical business information to Japanese companies.
■ Thailand Seminar
- Business in Thailand: Legal System and Practices and Their Future Prospects
- Business in Thailand: Policy Aspects and Good Practices for Effective Labour Management
- AEC and the Implication of Change in Tax and Customs Regulations
- Business in Thailand: Understanding Investment Policies in Thailand and Exploring Effective Human Resources
- EEC and Thailand’s Law Reform: Opportunity for New Investment
■ Philippines Seminar
- Crime Prevention and Doing Business in the Philippines
- ”Cybercrime Prevention in Businesses”and other
Activities to Learn about the Reality of the Criminal Justice System in Japan and Other Countries
Japan faces the worrying problem of addressing crimes which target the socially vulnerable (phone fraud, abuse of the elderly and children, stalking murders, and others). Yet Japan is considered to be a “safe” country when compared to other countries. This perception is commonly reinforced for UNAFEI participants through their own experiences in Japan. But, the following points still have to be considered, discussed, and shared.
- ■ How “safe” is Japan?
- ■ Is “safety” itself changing?
- ■ How does Japanese criminal justice help to maintain safety?
- ■ What perceptions do the general public and companies have of Japanese criminal justice?
- ■ What roles are criminal justice agencies and the public required to play in order to maintain Japan’s “safety”?
The situation in Japan and measures taken by Japan to tackle security and bribery differ from those of many less developed countries. The ACPF published a statistical booklet with the title “How Safe is Japan?” (500 yen) in 2015. It describes Japan’s current situation using visual aids to show international statistics and long-term changes to prove how safe and secure Japan is.
In this way, one of our top priorities is for us to think together with the public and companies about the current situation and measures of Japan and the world in relation to criminal justice.
Japan, How safe?
(￥500 for each)
- February 1982
- Establishment of the ACPF
- Accredited as specified public-interest promotion corporation
- March 1991
- Granted Special Consultative Status by ECOCOC, UN
- May 2000
- Raised to General Consultative Status (top category) by ECOCOC, UN
- April 2014
- Accredited as a public interest incorporated foundation
- ■ Asia Crime Prevention Foundation Headquarters (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
- Secretariat, Asia Crime Prevention Foundation
c/o United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI)
- 2-1-18 Mokusei-no-mori, Akishima-shi, Tokyo 196-0035
- Phone: +81-42-543-7725
- Fax: +81-42-543-7726
- E-mail: email@example.com
Branches in Japan
- ■ Nagoya Branch
- Nagoya Marunouchi Bldg.4F, 3-5-10 Marunouchi, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi 460-0002
- Phone: +81-52-971-2113
- Fax: +81-52-971-2130
- ■ Saitama Branch
- Life Design Ltd.,1006-1 Okubo,Sakura-ku,Saitama-shi,Saitama-ken 338-0824
- Phone: +81-48-840-4477
- Fax: +81-48-840-4478
- ■ Sapporo Branch
- 〒060-0051 Raise Up Law Office shinei building 2F 12chome Minamiichijounishi Chuouku Sapporo City
- Phone: +81-11-281-5530
- Fax: +81-11-281-5534
- ■ Yokohama Branch
- 〒231-0006 Kawashima Law Office, Yokohama ExcellentⅢ 9F 3choume35 Nakadoori Nakaku Yokohama City Kanagawa prefecture
- Phone: +81-45-662-2041
- Fax: +81-45-662-5408
- ■ Fukushima Branch
- Asia Crime Prevention Foundation Fukusima Branch (Kiryuukai manages)
- Phone: +81-3-3266-8021
- Fax: +81-3-3266-8022
- ■ Kiryuu Kai
- 〒162-0805 Kameoka Hall 94-6 Yaraichou Shinnjyukuku Tokyo
- Phone: +81-3-3266-8021
- Fax: +81-3-3266-8022
- ■ Tochigi Branch
- 〒320-0833 Kitakannto Sougou Keibi Security Company 1-3-14 Fudoumae Utunomiya City Tochigi prefecture
- Phone: +81-28-639-0300
- Fax: +81-28-639-0397
- ■ Osaka Branch
- 〒541-0044 c/o Kentaro Taki Law Office Yoshida Ikkan Bldg. Fushimi-cho Chuouku Osaka City Osaka prefecture
- Phone: +81-6-7223-8093
- Fax: +81-6-7223-8093
- ■ Nihombashi Kai
- 〒103-0004 Kouyou Holdings Co.,Ltd, 1-5-6 Higashinihonnbasi Chuouku Tokyo
- Phone: +81-3-5820-7600
- Fax: +81-3-5820-7755
- ■ Kisei Kai
- 〒274-0825 Asao Kozaki Licensed Tax Accountant, 2-5-2 Maiharanishi Hunabashi City Chiba prefecture
- Phone: +81-47-475-2511
- Fax: +81-47-475-2512
- ■ Hiroshima Branch
- 〒730-0012 Tomimura・Hayasidani Law Office 8-20-201 KamiHacchoubori Nakaku Hirosima City
- Phone: +81-82-221-4488
- Fax: +81-82-221-3900
Overseas operating organizations