Endeavouring to enforce the Convention of the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage (ICH), and to achieve stronger national policies for safeguarding ICH in the Asia-Pacific region, an approval for the establishment of an international research centre for intangible cultural heritage in the Asia-Pacific region was granted at the UNESCO General Conference in October 2009. As the Japanese government concluded an agreement with UNESCO in August 2010 (the Agreement), National Institutes for Cultural Heritage opened International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific region (IRCI) in October 2011.

The vision of IRCI approved at the first Governing Board Meeting and then modified at the second Governing Board Meeting, please refer to the vision/mission page