Japan Family Planning Association

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The Japan Family Planning Association (日本家族計画連盟), also known as the Family Planning Federation of Japan, is the Japanese affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation and is the premier family planning organization in the country.[1] It was founded in 1954, following the first annual World Population Conference held in Bombay, India in 1952.[2] The FPFJ advocates for the concept of sexual and reproductive rights being a basic human right; it also encourages the training of family planning workers and assists in the development and dissemination of information, education, and communication materials regarding family planning.[3] The association also encourages the use of contraceptives and facilitates their community-based distribution.[4] The FPFJ was one of the most active lobbying organizations for the legalization of oral contraceptives in Japan, and has shown political tact in advocating for the maintenance of the legal status of abortion in Japan.[5]

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  1. ^ IPPF. "Member Association: Japan". Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ "3". Second Study on International Cooperation for Population and Development New Insights from the Japanese Experience (PDF). Japan: Japan International Cooperation Agency. pp. 29–37. 
  3. ^ IPPF. "Member Association: Japan". Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kon Y. "A Family Planning Program that Pays for Itself". PMID 12314468. 
  5. ^ United Nations Population Fund. "When Will Japan Lift the Ban on the Pill?". Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Women's rights activist Kato dies at 104". The Japan Times. December 23, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2011.