UNICEF Japan doesn’t only spend its donations suing critics into silence and campaigning against freedom of speech – it has also spent tens of millions of dollars building and maintaining its gigantic HQ in the middle of Tokyo.
Built by Mitsubishi in 2001 in Minato City, Tokyo’s most expensive and prestigious district, “UNICEF House” cost at least 30 million dollars to construct and boasts 3,702 square metres of office space across 5 floors and a basement.
The lavishly appointed headquarters was the cause of instant consternation when completed, with many questioning the appropriateness of an HQ more befitting a multinational corporation than a non-profit children’s charity supposedly concerned with improving the lot of starving third world children.
UNICEF Japan for its part claims the huge building was necessary “to save money.”
Photographs of the interior are completely lacking, save for the all important gift shop – those wondering about the relationship between UNICEF Japan and UNICEF proper might well notice the organisation refers to itself only as “UNICEF” here, and of course the name of the building omits the fact that the organisation has nothing to do with the UN.
By comparison, the real UNICEF’s sole Japanese presence consists of a single room in the Tokyo-based United Nations University.
Of course, the real UNICEF is scarcely any better than UNICEF Japan in terms of its unaccountable use of donations and taxpayer funds in such worthy causes as censoring freedom of speech – in particular, serious questions must be asked about any organisation which allows regional franchises to use its name in the perpetration of widespread fraud, and it can hardly be regarded as an innocent party.