Support Groups in Tokyo

English-speaking support groups and meetings for AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), drug aid, cancer support meetings, AIDS and more...

Tokyo has a very wide range of English-speaking support groups, as represented in the links on this page. For more advice and support, check the following categories of the Angloinfo Tokyo Business Directory:

Alcoholics Anonymous

The Tokyo Alcoholics Anonymous website has information on AA meetings in Tokyo and details of local meetings in English. There are meetings in Tokyo, in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area and at military bases.

Eating Disorders

Overeaters Anonymous: Eating disorder support group whose aim is to share experiences, support and encouragement to help people recover from compulsive overeating. Twice weekly meetings in Roppongi and also via Skype.

Sexaholics Anonymous

Support group for people with sexual compulsions and obsessions. Weekly meetings in Roppongi, please email for more information.

  • Sexaholics Anonymous
    At
    : Franciscan Chapel Center, 4-2-37 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    email

Drug Abuse

Narcotics Anonymous: Weekly meetings are held Tokyo in English.

  • Tuesdays - 18:15
    At
    : Franciscan Chapel Center, 4-2-37 Roppongi, Minato-ku
    Tel: 080 5684 3821
    email
  • Wednesdays - 19:30
    At: Maryknoll Church, 6-2 Kioicho, Chiyodo-ku, Tokyo
    email

HIV/AIDS

AIDS Hotline: Support group for AIDS, providing help by answering questions and leading discussions.

  • Tel: 0120 46 1995 (24/7)

Japan HIV Center: Non-government and non-profit organisation providing support for those affected by AIDS/HIV in Japan.

  • Japan HIV Center:
    At: Yoshida Building 2F, 1-2-2 Uchilanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047
    Tel: 03 5259 0622 (English available Saturday 12:00-15:00)
    Fax: 03 5259 0643

Cancer Support

Akebonokai: Breast cancer support group whose aim is to help women with breast cancer to get back to a normal life after surgery and also to raise public awareness. Open weekdays 10:30-16:30.

  • Akebonokai
    At: 3-1-4 Higashiyama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
    Tel: 03 3792 1204
    Fax: 03 3792 1533
    email

Cancer Support Community: Cancer support group for people with any type of cancer.

Family Support

Childbirth Education Center: Childbirth classes in Tokyo offering support and preparation for pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. Support based on natural childbirth with the aim to inform couples of the choices and alternatives available for natural childbirth.

La Leche League: International breastfeeding mothers’ support group, providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who wish to breastfeed. There are two groups in Tokyo and both hold separate monthly meetings at different locations.

Tokyo Pregnancy Group: Support and instruction for all pregnant women and those trying to conceive.  Meetings and many activities held throughout the year.

SIDS Family Association: Support group for families who have suffered the loss of a baby for any reason including miscarriage, stillbirth, prenatal death or infant death.

Children's Support

Children's Rights Council: Child advocacy group aiming to offer information and resources for children's rights issues in Japan, with a focus on the children of divorced or separated parents.

Hearing Impairment Support

Japan ASL Signers Society: American Sign Language society based in Tokyo, providing workshops, classes and deaf support group. Open Tuesday to Friday 11:30-21:00 and Saturday 10:00-18:00.

LGBT Support

OCCUR Helpline: Telephone counselling for the LGBT community. Support group and legal advice for those involved in discrimination proceedings in Japan. Weekdays 12:00-20:00.

Mental Health and Crisis Support

Tokyo English Life Line (TELL): Mental health and psychiatric counselling available everyday 09:00-23:00.

  • Tokyo English Life Line
    At
    : Wesley Center 2F, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Tel: 03 5774 0992
    Fax: 03 4550 1192

Japan Help Line (24/7): Volunteer assistance open 24 hours a day to help the international community in Japan with any type of emergency.

Student Support

Japanese Mothers for Foreign Students: Volunteer group that supports international students in Japan based on a one-to-one relationship in a family context.