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The Silver Lining

Sawayaka Well-being Foundation: Volunteers for Elderly Care in Japan

Established by a prominent public prosecutor, Sawayaka Well-being Foundation has fostered the development of more than 2,000 community volunteer organizations to support Japan’s elderly to lead independent lives.

The Sawayaka Well-being Foundation (SWF) is a national association of more than 2,000 groups across Japan that share a vision for promoting community-based volunteerism. SWF was founded in 1991 by Tsutomu Hotta who abruptly left a high-profile role as Deputy Vice Minister at the Ministry of Justice to bridge the shortfall in the state’s capacity to provide  care services to senior citizens and address the growing disconnect between individuals and their communities.

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By Japan Association of Charitable Organizations (JACO)
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