Name of the Organisation

Moyai Support Centre for Independent Living

Office Address

2F Midori Building, 362 Yamabuki-Cho, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 162-0801 Japan

Telephone Number

Open: Tuesday 12 noon – 6:00 pm, Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed on national holidays

Fax Number


Managing Director

Chairperson Ren OHNISHI

Board of Trustees

Chairperson Ren OHNISHI
Vice-Chair Tsuyoshi IKEZA
Trustee Tsuyoshi INABA
Auditor Tetsuo IWATA
Hiroaki ISHII
Secretary General Kuniaki OBATA

*as of July 2014


May 17, 2001

Incorporated as a Specified Non-Profit Organisation

April 1, 2003
(Certified by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on March 25, 2003)

Incorporated as a Certified Non-Profit Organisation

September 1, 2014
Notification Number: 26 Sei-To-Chi No. 800
(Registration valid from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2019)

Notable Achievements

2003 June Published a booklet “Jiritsu Shien Jigyou Q&A [Q&A for the Tokyo Homeless Support Programme]” (Publisher: Human Rights Support Committee of Zenseishi National Association of Young Solicitors)
2009 April Co-published with the Big Issue Japan Foundation “Guidebook to the Way Out of the Street Life: Tokyo 23-Wards Version”
2012 December Published a booklet “Hisaichi demo Tsukaeru Saigo no Safety-net Katsuyou Guide [Introductory Guide to Public Assistance: Making the Best Use of the Social Safety Net in the Disaster Stricken Area and Elsewhere]”
2001 – 2012 Became the tenant guarantor for over 2,000 families and households
2011 – Present Offered Consultations to about 700~1,000 households annually; 150~200 cases of which we accompanied to the welfare offices to help apply for the public assistance


2001 May Founded as a private sector organisation Moyai, and started the peer support group “Moyai Musubi no Kai”
2001 November Issued the first newsletter “Moyai News” (the present quarterly “Omoyai Tsu-shin [Omoyai Journal]”)
2003 April Obtained the Specified Non-Profit Organisation status as Moyai Support Centre for Independent Living
2004 April Moved and opened the new office “Komorebi” in Shinjuku, Tokyo
2004 June Opened the community café “Salon de Café Komorebi”
2006 September Opened the women’s space “Green Necklace”
2006 December Published the Moyai 5th Anniversary Booklet “Nichi-nichi Kore Koujitsu [Every Day is a Good Day]”
2007 January Launched the social business of fair trade, home-roasted “Komorebi Coffee”
2007 September Opened the youth activity space “Drop-in Komorebi”
2012 March Published “Hinkon Matta-nashi! Tocchirakari no 10-nenkan [No Time Out! Ten Years of Moyai Fighting Poverty]” (Publisher: Iwanami Shoten)
2014 March Closed “Drop-in Komorebi”
2014 April Opened the youth activity space “Lantern Bearer Komorebi”
2014 September Incorporated as a Certified Non-Profit Organisation, registered by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Awards Received

2008 November The Tomo-Iki Award, in the Second Tomo-Iki Chiiki Bunka Taishou [Living-Together and Regional Culture Award] (from Jodo Shu)
2010 November The Honorary Award (from the Gifu Rally of National Coalition for Fair Consumer Credit)

Grants from Private Funds

2004 – 2006 Community Grant (Phillip Morris Japan)
2007 May FIT for Charity Run 2007 (FIT for Charity)
2009 June Charity Bank (Lush Japan)
2011 April The Tohoku Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund (Japan Foundation)
2011 September The Red Feather Support Fund for Disaster Relief Volunteers and NPO (The Community Chest of Japan)
2013 September Rengo Ai no Kanpa Chuo Josei [Rengo Goodwill Central Donation] (The Japan Trade Union Confederation)
2014 January Social Welfare Fund: NPO Kiban Kyouka Shikin Josei [NPO Foundation Strengthening Grant] (Sompo Japan Foundation)

Coalitions / Membership

■National Homeless Support Network (Member)
■Burakku Kigyou Taisaku Project (Member)
■Japan Civil Network for Disaster Relief in East Japan (Member)
■Tokyo Council of Social Welfare (Member)
■Coalition for Legislation to Support Citisens’ Organizations: Certified NPO Shinko-Kai (Member)