Profile of ASK
ASK stands for:
The A in ASK stands for alcohol, the S for citizen, and the K for association in Japanese.
We are the Japanese non-profit corporation to prevent alcohol and other addiction related problems.
Established in August 1983
Registered as a non-profit corporation in December 2000
Address: 1-2-7-1F Nihonbashi-Kakigaracho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0014, JAPAN
Chairperson: Tomomi Imanari, journalist
Vice-Chairperson: Rika Hieda, Ph.D, social worker, university professor
Memberships: about 300 members in all over Japan, including medical, health, welfare, and judicial officials, journalists, recovering addicts and their families, bereaved families of drunk driving victims, etc.
Our Goals and projects
Alcohol and other addiction such as drugs, gambling, and online gaming involve family members and others around them and cause a variety of social problems such as drunk driving, violence, child abuse, debt and poverty, unemployment, suicide, and so on.
Our goals are to prevent problems related to alcohol and other addictions, and to contribute to people’s well-being.
Appropriate preventive measures must be taken according to each stage where the problem occurs, progresses, and relapses.
We are carrying out the following projects to achieve our goals.
1. Education, training, and human resource development
– Providing the training courses for drunk driving prevention instructors in Workplace and Community
– Providing the training courses for Addiction prevention education advisors
– Providing the correspondence courses on Fundamentals of Alcoholism and Intervention, etc.
2. Publication and public relations projects
– Publishing a quarterly magazine
– Publishing books, booklets, and video materials
– Providing knowledge and information through website and SNS, etc.
3. Awareness-raising activities, advocacy, and consultation services
– Operation of a “telephone guide” to introduce local counseling and treatment centers and self-help groups
– YouTube awareness videos to prevent drunk driving
– Awareness Week on Alcohol-related Problems (10-16th of November)
– Secretariat of the Liaison Council to Prevent Binge Drinking
– Secretariat of AL-HOU-NET (the Network to establish and promote the Basic Act on Measures against Alcohol-related Health Harm)
– Commissioned projects by governments, organizations, and companies
– Various research, etc.
2021-2022 Annual Activity Report
ASK Anual Activity Report in July 2022 (PDF 168KB)
2021 Awareness Video
“Don’t let tragic accidents happen! Let’s review workplace drunk driving measures”
Funding: Membership fees, donations, grants, and subsidies, etc.
If you share our goals, please participate in our projects through donations.
Use the information below if you prefer bank transaction.
|Beneficiary Bank||MUFG Bank, LTD.|
|SWIFT code / BIC code||BOTKJPJT *If required 11-digit code: BOTKJPJTXXX|
|Branch Name||ODENMACHO BRANCH|
|Branch Address||8-1, Nihonbashi-Odenmacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0011, JAPAN|
|Beneficiary Account Number||027-0563970|
|Beneficiary Name||TOKUHI ASK|
|Beneficiary Address||1-2-7-1F Nihonbashi-Kakigaracho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0014, JAPAN|
Basic Act on Measures Against Alcohol-related Health Harm
“The Global Strategy to Reduce Harmful Use of Alcohol” which was resolved by the WHO in May 2010 strongly recommends that member States take leadership, build government policies and work together with both governmental authorities and non-governmental agencies and facilities in the related fields.
Getting the Global Strategy into action in Japan, AL-HOU-NET (the Network to establish and promote the Basic Act on Measures against Alcohol-related Health Harm) was established in May 2012. It consists of medical societies, professional associations, NPOs including ASK, self-help groups and other interest groups in Japan.
Collaborating with AL-HOU-NET, the multi-party parliamentary group in the National Diet made a great effort to draft “The Basic Act on Measures against Alcohol-related Health Harm”.
The bill had been finally introduced to the Diet on November 20 and passed on December 7, 2013. It was the unanimous approval both in the House of Representatives and the House of Councilors.
Act No. 109 (December 13, 2013) Basic Act on Measures Against Alcohol-related Health Harm
The Act was enforced in June 2014 and the government devised the basic plan in May 2016.
All 47 prefectures are expected to devise their action plans by 2020.