L-Net supported Professor Maki Hiratsuka’s (Faculty of Sociology, Hosei University) project ‘Comparative research of social environments surrounding youth work (workers)’, organising visits and interviews on 31 August and a seminar on 1 September and also acting as an interpreter. L-Net has been supporting the five-year project, of which this is the third year. The purpose of the project is to illuminate roles and functions of social environments which develop and support youth workers’ professionalism. The project team comprises both researchers and youth workers. This year, the team considers youth workers’ professionalism in Japan, applying story-telling as a methodology. They have been inspired by the activities of In Defence of Youth Work in the UK. L-Net will continue supporting them develop mutual collaboration.