We are here to support
We are here to support
your food security.
We are here to support
Our mission is to find
to poverty in Japan.
Moyai is an independent, not-for-profit Organization based in Tokyo, Japan, dedicated to supporting the homeless and underprivileged people start a new life in decent housing, and to achieving lasting solutions to poverty.
The double impact of poverty—financial deprivation and social isolation—hinders citizens living on the street, in parks, hospitals and other temporary shelters, from making a decent, self-sufficient living. Particularly symbolic of social isolation in Japan is the homeless people’s shared difficulty in finding a tenant guarantor.*
Moyai aims to overcome social exclusion by assuming legal obligations as a guarantor of those who seek new homes, and by empowering the communities of people with shared hardships and aspirations. Cooperating with partner Organizations with legal, medical, welfare and other expertise, Moyai supports the poverty-stricken people to recover their well-being, and to rebuild the sense of security and belonging in their new neighbourhoods.
We believe that being independent and self-sustaining (“jiritsu” in Japanese) does not mean to live in solitude, but to live as unique, independent individuals in relation to others, relying on one another when we are in trouble.
Our mission is to offer concrete support to the people who find themselves in destitute, and to realise a more inclusive and just society, where every person lives free from exclusion and poverty.
*In Japan, you need to have a guarantor when renting a flat. The guarantor owes the legal obligation to compensate for possible liabilities caused by the tenant, such as delayed rent. Finding a guarantor poses one of the biggest obstacles especially to the homeless and low-income people in Japan when moving into new homes.
What we do
Livelihoods Support Project
Responding to Calls for Help
Every Tuesday and Friday, Moyai Helpline is open for anyone in need of assistance with everyday essentials, housing, and financial hardships.
Tuesday 12 noon – 6:00 pm / Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Every Tuesday (11:00 am – 6:00 pm), Moyai office is open for anyone to visit and consult about homelessness and a range of poverty-related issues.
Supporting Access to Social Welfare
Moyai helps the people in need gain access to social welfare services, by offering advice on application procedures and by accompanying them to the administrative office when applying for the public assistance.
Housing Support Project Assisting a Fresh Start to Decent Living
Moyai undertakes the responsibility as the tenant guarantor and the emergency contact of the currently homeless citizens living on the streets, in parks, hospitals and other provisional accommodations, and helps them with a fresh start in adequate housing. Please consult us on the fees and conditions for the guarantor contracts.
We keep in touch with our clients after they settle in new homes, via post sent four times a year and by visiting them for personal conferences whenever necessary.
Overcoming Social Isolation
To help prevent seclusion, especially after our clients settle in new homes, Moyai brings together the members of the peer support group “Moyai Musubi no Kai” and the wider community for luncheons, holiday outings, and other seasonal events.
Community Café and Intermediate Workplace
Moyai opens the community café “Salon de Café Komorebi,” which is open to everyone including people in homelessness.
We also provide intermediate works including coffee-roasting and farm working.
Advocacy & Proposals Project Making Changes to Politics and Society
Proposals to the Administrative Bodies
Moyai makes factual, up-to-date policy proposals to the decision-makers, the governing authorities, and other public institutions.
Moyai engages in raising social awareness of poverty and social exclusion, through daily updates on the website, issuance of the quarterly newsletter “Omoyai Tsu-shin,” and other advocacy campaigns. We also give lectures on the issues of poverty at schools and universities, and offers seminars open to the public and local communities.
Name of the
Moyai Support Centre for Independent Living
2F Midori Building, 362 Yamabuki-Cho, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 162-0801 Japan
TEL / FAX
TEL: +81-(0)3-6265-0137 / FAX: +81-(0)3-6265-0307
Founded as a private organization on May 17, 2001
Certified by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as a Specified Non-Profit Organization on March 25, 2003
Registered as a Certified Non-Profit Organization on September 1, 2014 (Notification Number: 26 Sei=to=Chi No. 800)
Renewed on November 29, 2019 (Notification Number: 31 Sei-To-Kan no. 1181)
- Chairperson:Ren Ohnishi
- Vice-Chair:Tsuyoshi Ikeza
- Vice-Chair:Aki Matsuyama
- Trustee:Azusa Kuroiwa
- Auditor:Tetsuo Iwata
- Auditor:Hiroaki Ishii
- *as of April 2020
Founded as a private sector organization Moyai, and started the peer support group “Moyai Musubi no Kai”
Started free consulting service at 'Space Kabosu' (Shinjuku)
Obtained the Specified Non-Profit Organization status as Moyai Support Centre for Independent Living
Moved and opened the new office “Komorebi” in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Opened the community café “Salon de Café Komorebi”
Opened the women’s space “Green Necklace” (closed in March 2020)
Launched the social business of fair trade, home-roasted “Komorebi Coffee”
Opened the youth activity space “Drop-in Komorebi”, succeeded by "Lantern Bearer Komorebi" which was closed in July 2019
Incorporated as a Certified Non-Profit Organization, registered by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Launched “Basic Seminar on Poverty” (annual seminar)
Published “Lecture Manual on Poverty”
Seminar on 'Learning and Teaching' Poverty
Exhibition of 'Homeless Bed' in G7 Summit in Iseshima
Published "Lecture Book for Teaching Poverty"
Moved to 'Midori Building' (Shinjuku)