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Name A specified Nonprofit Corporation - Missing Person Search Support Association of Japan
Abbreviated Name MPS
Permit Approved May 1, 2003, by the Prime Minister of Japan (Quality-of-Life Policy Bureau# 656)
Chief Representative Daisuke Wakiyama
Address Shinjuku Sumitomo Building 13 F, 2-6-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku,
Tokyo, 163-0269, Japan
Tel : 042-426-9300

Fax: 042-426-9301
Click here to see our profile on the official Web site of the Cabinet Office of Japan. (From the Specified Non-profit Corporations list)
Click here for our articles of incorporation
Emiko Yamazaki  (former prosecutor at the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, lawyer)
Kuniko Hattori  (lawyer: Tokyo)
Kyouichi Katou  (lawyer: Nagoya)
Kazuhiko Kubo  (lawyer: Takamatsu)
Kentarou Tsumura  (lawyer: Hiroshima)
Michitaka Sugawara  (lawyer: Sendai)
Wataru Sahashi  (lawyer: Nagoya)
Mikio Tanaka  (lawyer: Osaka)
Tateo Minami  (lawyer: Ehime)
(in random order, honorary terms omitted)
Our objective is to support families who are trying on their own to search for missing family members. We aim to do this by giving them accurate infomation at the start of their investigations by introducing them to certified specialists.
We work for the early settlement of these incidents, and we strive to contribute to the stability and peace of mind of the general public by maintaining societal law and order.

In 2002, there were "search requests" submitted to the Japanese police for 102,880 missing persons.
This number reflects only those cases where search requests have actually been submitted.

The actual, unregistered number is estimated at several times 100,000.

The attention the media has given to "RACHI" (abduction) incidents in recent months has galvanized public awareness and anxiety.

Since there is a limit to the extent to which individuals on their own can keep searching for their loved ones who have been missing, search requests are eventually submitted to the police. However, because of situations with Japanese Constitutional law, our system does not allow for active police investigations to take place unless there is obvious suspicion crime or accident.

This unfairness and absurdity causes grief to the families and the people involved.

At the same time, the Japanese Red Cross Society has been hounded by North Koreans who once lived in Japan and then crossed to North Korea, and by Japanese-born wives of North Koreans, to search for their relatives in Japan.

Within three and a-half years, the number of requests made is said to have reached over 2400.
Unfortunately, making inquiries to the Immigration Bureau and local administrations, and checking transfer records of their resident registrations, is hardly satisfying.
In the year 2001, the results of this sort of search activity is said to have showed that only a mere 3 percent of the cases ended in success: the finding of the lost.

To answer the need for an organization that is able to use a diversified method of information gathering to find these missing people, a wide variety of professionals with specialized knowledge -- and those who simply desire to help families with missing loved ones -- have joined hands. We share knowledge and passion in order to undertake and support these activities.

We also feel the need for a private (civilian) organization that can give advice to prevent these incidents from recurring again, and if necessary, to introduce and connect people of experience or academic standing to those in need. This is how volunteers have come together to establish MPS: The Missing Person Search Support Association of Japan.

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