International Year of Volunteers

IssueInternational Year of Volunteers
First DayJanuary 17 , 2001
Value80 yen
Quantity12,000,000 copies each
DesignFlowers of heliotrope and flax
and the symbol mark
Size25.5 x 51.0 mm , vertical
PrintingPhotogravure in 5 colors
Sheet10 stamps ( 5 x 2 )
DesignMimata Mie ( public service designer)
Catalog No.C1794
First Day of
Issue Postmark
Kobe Central Post Office

Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalog (JSCA) & SAKURA Catalog numbers are adopted.

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(Small Notes for the issue)

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers, which was defined as a nonprofit, non-wage and noncareer action that individuals carry out for the well-being of their neighbours, community or society at large. Japan made the proposal of the year in 1987.

The stamp depicts heliotrope and flax, of which language of flowers are "devotion and sincerity" for heliotrope and "feeling your kindness" for flax.