In March 2002, I led a group that incorporated the first food bank in Japan—Second Harvest Japan. Right away, we faced three critical challenges. First, we were pioneering a model that no one had ever tried to implement in that country. Second, the Japanese nonprofit sector was, and remains, small and underdeveloped. Until 1998, when the country enacted its NPO Law, citizens could not easily launch a nonprofit. In 2001, there were only 20,000 incorporated nonprofits, and less than 20 percent of …

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