WP 06 | 10 Defining the nonprofit sectors in Japan and England & Wales: A comparative assessment of common versus civil law

Publication date: 18 March 2010
Research areas: Legal framework
Publication categories: Working papers
Tags: Asia and Pacific, employment, social economy, Europe

This paper provides a comparative assessment of the legal frameworks for non-profit organisations (NPOs) in England and Japan, offering fresh insights into the differences in legislative support for NPO development in both countries. Following a review of NPO legal developments in England and Japan, we outline the major contemporary issues affecting NPOs and focus on the key challenges of: legislative reform, systems of regulation, accountability and third/public sector partnerships. Highlighting the differential roles of legal frameworks between cultural contexts shows academics, practitioners and policy makers, the global context of national challenges for NPOs.