October 2014


Association for Asian Studies

To support the publication of Japan-focused articles to appear in the fall 2015 issue of Education About Asia (EAA) special section on “Asia: Biographies and Personal Stories.” Ann Arbor, MI. $32,000

Concordia Language Villages

To support a Japanese language scholarship program for middle and high school students in a 12-state region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan,Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) that aims to improve Japanese language study throughout the Midwest. Moorhead, MN. $27,760

Global Fund for Education Assistance (Beyond Tomorrow)

To support a program that provides high school students from the Tohoku disaster communities with opportunities to learn the concept of global citizenship and how to take action for global issues through an intensive program in the United States. Tokyo, Japan. ¥5,035,154

Global Fund for Education Assistance (Beyond Tomorrow)

To support the Jiro Murase Scholarship Program for Beyond Tomorrow 2016. Tokyo, Japan. ¥10,600,000

Hingham High School

To support the development of a relationship established between Hingham High School of Hingham, Massachusetts and Tennoji High School of Osaka, Japan that was inspired by the USJF-funded film Kokoyakyu: Japanese High School Baseball. Hingham, MA. $75,000

Japan-America Society of Washington, DC

To support a national Japanese language and culture competition for high school students. Washington, DC. $50,490

Japan Positive Education Association

To support an English education program to be held at Fuji Speedway and that is directed by Keiko Ihara. Tokyo, Japan. $5,000

Lincoln Memorial University

To support the LMU-Kanto Program, an innovative study-abroad program that brings Japanese high school students to Lincoln Memorial University for six weeks in the spring. Harrogate, TN. $8,000

Mercy College

To support a Japan-focused professional development program for in-service and pre-service middle school teachers in four school districts in Westchester County, New York. Dobbs Ferry, NY. $77,137

Michigan State University

To support a bi-national, U.S. and Japan, environmental education project focused on water quality issues for high school students and teachers in the State of Michigan and the Prefecture of Shiga, Japan. East Lansing, MI. $102,406.96

Seafair Foundation

To support the Seafair Ambassador program that engages local high school students in a trip to Kobe, Japan to strengthen the Seattle-Kobe Sister City relationship. Seattle, WA. $20,000

Stanford University

To support a distance-learning course sponsored by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) that will annually enroll exceptional high school students from Japan to engage in an intensive study ofU.S. society and culture. Stanford, CA. $98,110

Sumter County Schools

To support an educational partnership and exchange between schools in Sumter County, Georgia, and Miyoshi, Japan, that was originally started by former President Jimmy Carter. Americus, Georgia. $34,150

Takata High School

To support the Takata High School-Del Norte High School Sister School and Cultural Exchange Program that developed as a result of the March 11 tsunami. Rikuzentakata, Japan. ¥2,700,000

University of Pennsylvania

To support a teacher preparation initiative designed to strengthen educators’ understanding of Japan by taking their learning about Japan to a higher and more sophisticated level, through the lens of Japan’s religious heritage. Philadelphia, PA. $75,772.47

Youth Arts New York

To support Hibakusha Stories, a project that brings atomic bomb survivors into high school classrooms where students and educators learn about the history of the relationship of the United States and Japan from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to current dangers regarding nuclear weapons.
New York, NY. $30,000

Communication and Public Opinion

Boston Architectural College

To support an exhibition titled, Obento: From Japanese Lunch Box to Global Visions of Architectural Space, to be held from February to April 2015. Boston, MA. $20,500


To support the creation and promotion of a Japanese/English bilingual website about Japanese American history. Seattle, WA. $10,000

International Center for Journalists

To support a media fellowship that will prepare and send three selected U.S. journalists on 19-day reporting tours to Japan. Washington, DC. $76,400

Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee

To support the showing of the film Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard as part of the 60th anniversary of this sister city relationship, the oldest with the Japan. Edina, MN. $10,000

Sheldon Art Museum

To support a collaboration between an American boat builder, his student, and the last working boat builder in the tsunami zone in Tohoku, Japan, that will help preserve this traditional Tohoku craft. Middlebury, VT. $18,960

Temple University Harrisburg

To support, in cooperation with Temple University Japan, the creation of a collaborative Nonprofit/NGO Management learning opportunity to professionals in the nonprofit and NGO sectors in the U.S. and Japan. Harrisburg, PA.$40,000

University of Virginia

To support scriptwriting, research, and filming for a documentary film titled The Slow Way Home that asks what the divergence in the way American and Japanese children get to school tells us about both societies. Charlottesville, VA. $39,985

Visual Communications

To support a feature-length documentary that follows three survivors of the 3.11 tsunami in Rikuzentakata as they rebuild their lives and their town.
Los Angeles, CA. $30,760

US-Japan Policy Studies

Institute for International Policy Studies

To support a policy-relevant study titled Maritime Security in the Asia Pacific Region and the Japan-US Alliance that will be led by a committee of experts. Tokyo, Japan. ¥6,803,060