The Japanese Postal Corporation released a special stamp issue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Japan's full membership in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) since 1964. Japan will chair the OECD Council Meeting at Ministerial Level (MCM) in this memorable year, for the second time since 1978.
With currently 34 member countries including Japan, through discussions in committees and sub-committees on different themes in various fields such as economy, finance, trade and development, and by improving statistical data, the OECD has been providing policy recommendations, which are desirable for the international community as a whole in addition to proposing standards to be followed jointly. This is why the OECD is referred to as the "world's think-tank".
The first stamp of the issue depicts the logo of the OECD and the building of Chateau de la Muette in Paris, which is the western headquarters of the OECD. The second stamp reflects three main principles of the OECD – economic growth and expansion of diversified trade, freedom and developing of countries' assistance.