One of Japan's fastest-growing nonprofit organizations, which has distributed 16 million meals to African children, is raising its international profile and drawing inspiration from Britain's charitable sector.

Organizers from Table for Two — a group that aims to simultaneously tackle the global problems of hunger and obesity — were in London recently on a fact-finding mission and presented their concept to an audience of corporate executives in the capital's financial district.

The charity, started by three young Japanese social entrepreneurs in 2007, has proved popular in Japan and the program has been expanded to 10 other countries with varying degrees of success.