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The United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) is a United Nations regional institute, established in 1962 by agreement between the United Nations and the Government of Japan, with the aim of promoting the sound development of criminal justice systems and mutual cooperation in Asia and the Pacific Region.

UNAFEI activities include training courses and seminars for personnel in crime prevention and criminal justice administration, and the research and study of crime prevention and the treatment of offenders. It also conducts special seminars outside of Japan.

UNAFEI annually organizes two international training courses and one international seminar. Participants represent mainly Asia and the Pacific Region, but some come from other regions of the world such as Africa and Latin America. This program contributes significantly to the training of personnel in criminal justice, and to providing ideas and knowledge for effective measures to combat crime in developing nations. For over 50 years, UNAFEI's efforts in training personnel have helped those individuals play leading roles in the criminal justice administration of their respective countries.


In 1970, the Government of Japan assumed full administration of UNAFEI in terms of finance and personnel. The United Nations Training Cooperation Department in the Ministry of Justice is in charge of its administration. Since UNAFEI is still affiliated with the United Nations, it submits an annual report to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the Director of UNAFEI is assigned in consultation with the United Nations.

Customarily, the Director of the United Nations Training Cooperation Department in the Research and Training Institute of the Ministry of Justice serves as the Director of UNAFEI. The Deputy Director and the professors are selected from among public prosecutors, judges, correctional officers and probation officers. In addition, there are approximately 20 administrative officers and a linguistic adviser, who is a native English speaker.


1954 The 1st United Nations Asia and Far East Convention for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders is held in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar). A resolution is adopted calling for the establishment of a U.N. regional training institute in Asia.
1961 The U.N. and the Government of Japan sign an agreement establishing a United Nations regional training institute in Japan. Administrative and financial responsibilities are borne equally by the two.
1962 Opening of the first UNAFEI facility in Fuchu City, Tokyo / The 1st International Training Course is conducted
1970 The Government of Japan assumes all administrative and financial responsibilities following an amendment of the March 1961 agreement.
1982 Opening of the second UNAFEI facility in Fuchu City, Tokyo / Establishment of the Asia Crime Prevention Foundation (ACPF)
1993 Visit by His Imperial Highness, Crown Prince Naruhito (His Majesty, The Emperor since 2019)
2002 Joint Ceremony for UNAFEI's 40th And ACPF's 20th Anniversaries
2003 UNAFEI receives an award from the President of the National Personnel Authority in Japan.
2012 Joint Ceremony for UNAFEI's 50th And ACPF's 30th Anniversaries
2017 Relocation to the third facility in Akishima City, Tokyo
2022 Joint Ceremony for UNAFEI's 60th And ACPF's 40th Anniversaries