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WHO WE ARE

Our purpose is to transform the world into a place where all children and youths are free to shape their own lives and capable of building a society that they want to live in.

 

 To achieve this we work to realize and protect the rights of children and youths by getting everyone in society to play their role.  

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YUKA IWATSUKI

President

Yuka co-founded ACE in 1997  and gained experience in various international academic and advocacy roles since. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Japan Ethical Initiatives, as well as for JANIC (Japan NGO Center for International Coorperation). In 2019 she served as the C20 Chairwoman for the G20 Summit held in Osaka.

TOMOKO SHIROKI

Managing Director 

Tomoko co-founded ACE during her fourth year of university during which she conducted field work on child labour in India with her research group. She has strong expertise and experience in planning and managing field projects and consulting businesses in human rights issues in supply chains. She has also completed the SA8000 Social Audit training course.

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Our Story

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MEET THE TEAM

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YUKAKO

NARITA

Deputy Managing Director

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MIHOKO
YAMASHITA

PR & Engagement Team

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SHIHO
SAKAGUCHI

General Affairs & Accounting

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AKIRA

KONDO

Ghana Project Manager

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AYANO
AOI

Chief

-Awareness-

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YUKO
TAYANAGI

India Project Manager

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AYAKA

SUGIYAMA

Awareness Team

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MASAMI

NARIZUKA

PR & Engagement Team

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KOJI
KIRIMURA

Social Business Consultant

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MASAKO
OTA

Chief

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YUKIKO

OIKAWA

Chief

- Social Business - 

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ALICE HARADA

Social Business Researcher

 
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FUMIKA SASANO

Intern

 

PHILOSOPHY

PEACEFUL, PROSPEROUS & SUSTAINABLE WORLD 

We live in a world where life is worth living and each life is valued.   

We recognize humans have 

unlimited potential and each person is different and unique.   

By accepting our differences, and by living in harmony with nature, we can together unleash endless possibilities to create a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.   

CHILDREN FIRST

We envision a world in which every person can begin their journey as a child.  Everyone enters the world as a child.

Children are the future whose needs are in the present. They are 

immense sources of energy that can power the creation of a better world.  

It is the responsibility of older generations to protect the rights and well-being of children and youths, as we would have wanted previous generations to protect us. 

CHANGE STARTS FROM WITHIN

Every person has the power to 

overcome challenges, every person has the power to change society. 

 

Changing our behaviour comes from changing our mindset, from small change within comes systemic transformation.   

 

WAY

SYSTEMS THINKING

Social issues are interconnected. Resolving them in the long-term requires us to look at the whole picture. Approaching problems systemically allows us to fix the root causes rather than just offer symptomatic relief. 

We aim to resolves issues at a systemic level.  

 

RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH

The rights based approach is the core and base of the systemic solutions we aim to achieve. 

We encourage all stakeholders to respect and undertake their duties and responsibilities stated in the international conventions.  

LEARNING ORGANIZATION

​​We aim to be a learning organization which constantly evolves and drives results. We learn from complexity, and overcome mental models to create innovative solutions. We believe that each person’s vision and growth is the origin of our organization’s 

greater vision and development. 

We continue to evolve together.    

 

DIALOGUE, ENGAGEMENT & PARTNERSHIP

Dialogue and engagement are 

crucial instruments to tackling 

challenges together. It allows us to 

understand our diverse interests

 and work together towards our common goals, using our different strengths to uncover new solutions to old problems.  

We form partnerships with organizations and individuals who share our purpose, working in solidarity to make the biggest impact.  

DREAM, DISCOVER, BELIEVE, DO.

Dream big dreams. Discover your strengths. Believe in your potential. Seize opportunities and just Do.

 

Believing in your own power and that of others, and society can change. Celebrate small successes on the way to the big changes we seek. 

Every step counts. 

 

STORY

In 1997, we were 5 Japanese college students asking ourselves what we could do about the child poverty and exploitation we were seeing throughout our respective travels and research.  

  

That was the year that Kailash Satyarthi (later a Nobel Peace Prize laureate) was architecting the Global March against Child Labour, the largest worldwide civil society movement standing up for the most exploited children across the globe. We wanted Japan to participate in the event that was to be held a year later in some 103 countries around the world.  

 

We saw the march as our call to action and came together to  establish ACE (Action against Child Exploitation).  

 

At first, we were just a group of people with a common goal. After achieving our initial aim of organizing the march in Tokyo and Osaka in 1998, we realized this was just the beginning.

 

Back then, we didn't possess much know-how, we just knew we had to act. Quickly realizing that to achieve the biggest impact as a small organization we needed to understand and optimize our strengths, we decided to leverage our privileged position in Japan to connect consumers and 

corporations to children and communities.

 

 Over 20 years on, we have accumulated extensive field experience and professional expertise to resolve issues of child labour throughout global supply chains. We intend to continue to do so.

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2015

2016

2019

2020

2004

Participated in the Global March Against Child Labour (India and Switzerland)

Organized the Global March Against Child Labour in Japan (Tokyo and Osaka)

Began Child Friendly Village projects in India

Launched the World Cup Campaign 2002, KICK OUT CHILD LABOUR FROM THE WORLD

Started co-organizing the ILO World Day Against Child Labour Symposium

Established the Child Labour Network in Japan

Officially registered as a Non-Profit Organization in Japan

Completed the SA8000 basic auditor training course 

Published our first book, "I am an 8 year old girl, Working on the Cacao Farm" (Japanese)

Certified as NPO Corporation by the National Tax Agency allowing corporate donors to receive tax incentives

Nominated for the US Department of Labour Iqbal Masih Award

Winner of the 10th Japan Partnership Awards,

Second Grand Prix and Alterna Award

First commercialization of chocolate using SMILE Child Labour-free cacao beans

Winner of the Consumer Education Material Award Excellence Award

Received the Appointment and Active Role of Female   Staff Award at the NGO Organizational Strength Awards

 

ACE invited Kailash Satyarthi to hold events in Japan

Received the International Division Award at the Nikkei Social Initiative Awards

Signed the Global Compact and joined the Global Compact Network Japan

ACE President Yuka Iwatsuki chaired the C20 

Summit ahead of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan 2019

Officially launched the Protocols and Guidelines of the Child Labour Free System​ in collaboration with the Ghanaian government

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ACTION AGAINST CHILD EXPLOITATION

Every child has the right to play, learn, grow. 


ACE aims to transform the world into a place where all children and youths are free to shape their own lives and capable of building a society that they want to live in.

 

Ending child labour is one of our core strategic goals.

We believe that achieving this goal in the long-term requires addressing every level of the global supply chain. As such, we operate through international cooperation, supporting rural communities in Asia and Africa, collaborating with private corporations, and engaging in consumer education.

We are a Japanese NGO active in international advocacy to protect children from exploitation 

across the globe.

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