Japan Ifrastructure Partners (JIP) is a non-profit organization accredited by the governor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Administration in accorance with the Japanese NPO law. JIP has also been authorized by Japan's National Tax Agency as an "Authorized NPO",for which donations,for example, can be deducted
from income, inheritance or account.

Japan has been one of the major donating countries to the developing countries by means of official development aid (ODA). In the Japanese aid, infrastructure development projects including road, bridge, flood damage mitigation, sewerage and regional planning have been prominently featured. They have been successfully contributing to the advancement in various aspects including economics and living in developing countries.

It may safely be said that Japanese governmental engineers have been largely participating in the infrastructural development assistance through the Japanese aid schemes. Their participation extends to the areas of JICA technical expert, infrastructure development studies, training of foreign engineers, appraisal of projects applied for Japanese financial assistance and secondment to international aid agencies.

The Japanese aid is by its nature executed through direct contacts between  recipient governments and the Japanese government. However, due to the recent diversification of social needs, there appear to be cases where more active participation of the private sector either in group or individually on a voluntary basis may be desirable to effectively and/or quickly meet recipient’s needs, as for instance witnessed by the grass root assistance of Japanese ODA.

It is also worth mentioning that because of global political complexity and financial problems on the part of the governments of developed countries, the improvements to infrastructure in developing countries have been increasingly requiring assistance and cooperation from the private sector in developed countries.
In response to these changes of the environments surrounding ODA, those who are ex-Japanese governmental engineers and committed to contribution toward the development of infrastructure in developing countries, established a non-profit organization “Japan Infrastructure Partners (JIP) “ in accordance with the Japanese NPO law in February 2006. Its primary objective is to lend a helping hand to both the public and private sectors in the areas of infrastructure development.

The members of JIP were positively involved and highly experienced in policies, planning, engineering works related to infrastructure development in Japan. They are also well acquainted with the Japanese aid policies and procedures, thanks to their active participation in various Japanese aid schemes during their services for the Japanese government. We trust JIP could extend technical assistance and advices necessary for developing countries as their partners.

JIP is entirely independent of the public sector and financially stands on its own, with its basic operation expenses covered by membership dues. As such, JIP’s activities are to be performed by its members on a voluntary basis. But by law JIP is entitled to take on professional services at cost and receive donation so as to attain its objective.

Currently JIP has 45 members inclusive its president Mr. KOMURO Akira 
Being a NPO, JIP’s activities in connection with its technical assistance and advices to developing countries are primarily performed by making use of its member’s expertise. As such, it should be noted that some of JIP’s activities aim to produce adequate materials paving the way for securing external aid including international or bilateral governmental assistance.

The following are main fields for which JIP members’ expertise is available. However, JIP may try to find appropriate experts specialized in other fields than those below-mentioned so as to meet the needs, as the case may be.

  regional and urban development planning

  highway, bridge, traffic management and control

  water resources development, drainage, sewerage

  flood damage mitigation, landslide prevention



JIP’s activities are broadly divided into the following four (4) categories. They are assistance and cooperation for preparation works to apply for Japanese aid, execution of preliminary feasibility study, technology transfer, and exchange of information and promotion of friendship. Following are major activities of JIP.

  1. Preparation works to apply for Japanese aid;

       Collection of relevant information

    Project scoping and development in collaboration with counterparts

       Assistance to prepare application documents

    Contact with agencies concerned with Japanese aid 

  2. Preliminary feasibility study;  

    Drafting feasibility study reports for small projects in collaboration with counterparts

  3. Technology transfer;

       Exchange of technology with counterparts

       Training of local engineers

       Lecture, workshop

  4. Exchange of Information and promotion of friendship;

       Exchange and dissemination of relevant information Exchange of views with foreign embassies stationed in           
    Japan and local engineers visiting Japan

    Discussions with local counterparts on policies and technology concerning infrastructure development 


 Vietnam : Preliminary Flood Mitigation Plan. A team of JIP made field investigations in the rural areas which have been suffering from floods of the rivers running in a central part of Vietnam. The team in consultation with governmental officials and local people worked out a preliminary flood damage mitigation plan aiming to be implemented by external aid agencies. In Japan the reports were presented to JBIC.             

Myanmar While Japanese ODA to Myanmar has been kept at the minimum due to political situations, JIP, whose some members engaged in the past technical cooperation in Myanmar and have been long acquainted with Myanmar government engineers since then, conducted fact-finding surveys on the issues related to highways. The surveys’ results were reported to JICA and the Japanese ministry in charge of public works for their considerations.