“Wakachiai” or the Sharing
of our experience, skills and goods
with people around the world,
irrespective of race and religion,
to fulfill basic human needs and dignity
and to improve the quality of life.
Who we are:
Wakachiai Project was established in August 1992 by Rev. Suguru Matsuki. After his visit to the several European and American NGOs in February 1992, he started Wakachiai Project in Japan by introducing the system of Fairtrade for the purpose of improving situation of poor and disadvantaged producers in developing countries by trading with “fair” prices and conditions.
We also participated in the emergency aid project for Somali refugees in 1992, in partnership with LWF, when famine was triggered by the civil war in Somalia.
What we do:
Wakachiai Project imports coffee, tea and various products from Asian, African, and Central and South American countries under the condition of Fair Trade criteria and introduce them in Japan though wholesales and direct online shop.
We started Fair Trade by importing the local tea from Sri Lanka in 1992 and succeeded to introduce the Fairtrade in Japanese market by selling “Cafe Mam,” the first internationally certified Fairtrade coffee in Japan.
Today, we cover the wide range of products mostly certified as the Fairtrade products by FLO*. We are proud to introduce the largest variety of the Fairtrade products in Japan and also developing our original Fairtrade products using fairy traded ingredients.
*Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) sets the internationally recognized Fairtrade Standards, provides producer support, and licenses the FAIRTRADE Mark.
We assist the Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan and Myanmar refugees in Thailand to help people to have access to the basic requirements for a dignified life.
Our activities include supplying hygiene equipments and shipping of clothes donated by Japanese citizens.
We support the local NGOs in in South Sudan and Myanmar, working on building self-reliance of people and creating a resilient community.
We assist activities for children such as construction of Children cener and school dormitory.
We also assist educational, vocational, cultural and sports programs to improve mental and physical well being.
Seiwa Bldg. 2-2-8 Mouri, Koutou-ku
Tokyo, 135-0001, JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-3634-7809 Fax: +81-3-3634-7808