Our mission is Social Innovation.
By changing the ways society thinks and acts, we seek to create a world in which all people support one another, working together to reduce the burdens and challenges they face.
Everyone has a role to play: individuals, companies, nonprofit organizations, governments, and international bodies. As a Social Innovation hub, The Nippon Foundation builds networks that enable these actors to share the world’s wisdom, experience, and human resources, and give people the capacity to change society and the confidence that they can make a difference.
Our goal is to allow all of humanity to participate in shaping our future together.
[ What We Do ] Paralympic Support
Primarily through The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center, we are supporting national para-sport federations and para-athletes ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
[ What We Do ] Elimination of Leprosy
With medical treatment, today leprosy is completely curable. Nevertheless, the disease has a long history of stigma and discrimination, which still persist.
[ What We Do ] Myanmar Support Project
The Nippon Foundation has been active in Myanmar for more than 40 years, building schools, providing medical support, and promoting the peace process.
[ A FUTURE FOR YOUTH ] ROCKET Project for Talented Children
In partnership with the University of Tokyo’s RCAST, we identify talented children who have difficulty adapting to a conventional educational environment, and provide them with ongoing support for their studies and daily lives.
[ A FUTURE FOR YOUTH ] Special Adoption Programs
To enable as many children as possible to grow up in loving households, we promote awareness and the use of special adoption programs, and conduct related research.
[ A FUTURE FOR YOUTH ] Support for Seriously Ill Children
We support families facing the challenge of caring for seriously ill children, through projects including the construction of Japan’s first community-supported TSURUMI Children’s Hospice in Osaka, in partnership with UNIQLO Co., Ltd.
[ THE FUTURE OF OUR OCEAN ] Ocean-Related Activities
We are working to ensure that the bounty of the world’s oceans is passed on to future generations, through technological support, training for maritime researchers, and support for the establishment of regulatory frameworks.
[ IN THE CAUSE OF LIFE ] ROAD Project
We have been active in responding to natural disasters in Japan and overseas for many years. The ROAD Project, launched in response to the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, supports a variety of recovery and support activities.
[ ENHANCING COMMUNITIES ] Welfare Vehicles
The Nippon Foundation’s specially equipped welfare vehicles enrich the lives of older and disabled persons who have limited mobility. As of March 2015, we had donated a total of more than 35,000 vehicles.
[ ENRICHING CULTURE ] Art Brut Support
“Art Brut” is a French term meaning “raw art,” also known as “outsider art.” The Nippon Foundation supports this movement in a variety of ways, including holding exhibitions, safekeeping works, and protecting artists’ rights.