Organization of the Association

Organization of the Association

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums currently consists of 140 regular members (89 domestic zoos and 50 domestic aquariums) and 91 sustaining members.

2. Organization Chart


His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino

Executive body

Chairman, Vice Chairman, Executive Director, Executive Board Member

Board of Directors

Chairman and 17 other directors

  • Executive Committee
  • General Affairs Committee
  • Education and Promotion Committee
  • Safety Committee
  • Conservation Committee
  • Regional Committees
  • Regional Meetings
  • Public Relations Strategy Office
  • Public Relations Strategy Meeting
  • Secretariat (Executive Director, Secretary General, and 5 staff members)

Auditing body

 2 auditors 

Advisory bodies

 3 advisors 101 alumni


①Public Relations Strategy Office

This is an organization that reports directly to the president in order to build the association’s philosophy, as well as to study and implement measures to realize it.

② Regional Meetings

A representative director is appointed in each block, and intra-block meetings, workshops, and study groups are held.

  • Kanto-Tohoku and Hokkaido blocks
  • Chubu Block
  • Kinki Block
  • Chugoku-Shikoku block
  • Kyushu-Okinawa block
③Executive Committees

The Executive Committees is an organization with a chairperson, vice chairperson, and committee members in charge of planning and execution of specialized matters based on the business plan. Each committee has its own subcommittee.

  • Regional Committees
  • General Affairs Committee
  • Education and Promotion Committee
  • Safety Committee
  • Conservation Committee
④Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee provides guidance and advice to JAZA members on compliance with the Code of Ethics and promotes awareness.

⑤ Secretariat

The secretariat is responsible for the preparation of the Animal Handlers Compliance Guidelines, Exhibition Animal Care and Storage Standards, disclosure materials, publications and applications, necessary administrative work for each department and committee, support for employees (regular members) and sustaining members, and other matters.

4)Ethics and Welfare Committee

This committee gives advices and recommendations to members, and seeks to raises their awareness to adherence to ethics guidelines.



The Secretariat issues the animal handling compliances, the standards for animal care and storage and information materials pertaining to JAZA. It is also responsible for sales/management of JAZA publications, clerical work relating to support services for sections/committees for members as well as other duties.

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