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About JPFP

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JPFP Celebrates 40 Years

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It was 40 years ago, in 1974, that a group of Japanese parliamentarians established the Japan Parliamentarians Federation for Population (JPFP), the world’s first non-partisan parliamentary group working on population and development issues, under the conviction that sustainable development cannot be achieved without addressing population issues. Their far-sighted, visionary leadership extended beyond the national boundary to assist other countries to form a parliamentary group of this kind, affirming that parliamentarians, as representatives of the people, should act as mediators between the government and the people to solve these issues.



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Background

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The explosive population growth is a considerable obstacle to social and economic development in developing societies. With this realization, a group of Japanese Parliamentarians led by former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi went on an inspection tour in 1973, focusing on the population situation in Asian nations. It struck the group that Japanese international cooperation in the field of population, which had the potential of impeding the peaceful development of humanity, was significantly lagging behind other governments of developed countries.

As a result of the inspection, a group of Japanese Parliamentarians deeply concerned about the potential crisis of food and resources mainly related to the population issue, established JPFP in April 1974. It was the world’s first non-partisan organization committed to population and all that it involves.

The population issue can never be forced. The resolution of the population issue requires elected representatives of the people to be actively engaged in formulating and implementing population policies and programmes. JPFP, in close cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and other relevant organizations, promotes a number of programmes including exchanges among parliamentary groups in the field of population and development, dispatching survey missions to various countries, and taking prominent roles in international conferences on population and development.


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JPFP Chairs

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Mr. Nobusuke Kishi
Former Prime Minister
1974~1979

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Mr. Takeo Fukuda
Former Prime Minister
1979~1990

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Mr. Shintaro Abe
Former Minister of
Foreign Affairs
1990~1991

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Dr. Taro Nakayama
Former Minister of
Foreign Affairs
1991~2007

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Mr. Yasuo Fukuda
Former Prime Minister
2007~2012

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Mr. Sadakazu Tanigaki
Former Minister of
Justice
2013~



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