MetLife Foundation and The Nippon Foundation to provide emergency relief to care facilities for older persons across Japan MetLife Foundation to donate $1 million USD to The Nippon Foundation
Donation to help maintain safe conditions in approximately 550 hospices and home-care nursing centers nationwide
Donation to help nurses and caregivers adjust to a changing work environment

MetLife Insurance K.K. (MetLife Japan) and The Nippon Foundation today announced a partnership between MetLife Foundation and The Nippon Foundation to support hospices and home-care nursing centers across Japan in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

MetLife Foundation, the philanthropic arm of MetLife Inc., is committed to supporting the global pandemic response across the communities where MetLife operates. In Japan, NPOs, including those that operate hospices and home-care nursing centers, are often the last to receive donations. For this reason, MetLife Foundation is donating $1 million USD to The Nippon Foundation.

The Nippon Foundation will utilize the grant to support approximately 6,800 beneficiaries, including nurses and caregivers in hospices and home-care nursing centers across Japan. The donation will help to maintain a safe work environment through the provision of masks, sanitizers and other PPE to protect some of the community’s most vulnerable members and those who care for them. The donation will also help to reinforce staffing for nurses and caregivers.

“This MetLife Foundation grant will help to further MetLife Japan’s mission to meet the needs of elderly people in Japan. We hope this donation will help those who are struggling under these difficult conditions, as well as the exceptional people in nursing care who work to support them,” said MetLife Japan Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Eric Clurfain. “This is part of our larger effort to provide more confident futures for all people to enjoy a fulfilling, post-retirement life under the banner of Change Rougo.”

“The vision of Change Rougo held by MetLife matches with what The Nippon Foundation has been working toward for long time. The grant from MetLife Foundation will be used to secure resources to support the fight against the coronavirus and provide the necessary supplies for healthcare workers who are caring for the elderly,” said Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa.

About MetLife Insurance K.K.

MetLife Japan started operations in 1973 as the first foreign life insurance company in Japan and currently operates as a Japanese corporation and an affiliate of MetLife, Inc., a leading global financial services company that aims to help people become more self-reliant and able to pursue more from life. MetLife Japan provides a broad, innovative range of products through diverse distribution channels to individual and institutional customers.

About MetLife Foundation

At MetLife Foundation, we believe financial health belongs to everyone. We bring together bold solutions, deep financial expertise and meaningful grants to build financial health for people and communities that are underserved and aspire for more. We partner with organizations around the world to create financial health solutions and build stronger communities, engaging MetLife employee volunteers to help drive impact. To date, our financial health work has reached 9.9 million low-income individuals in 42 countries. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit.

About The Nippon Foundation

The Nippon Foundation receives a portion of the proceeds of motorboat racing, a government-controlled competitive sport, as a subsidy to support its wide range of activities that contribute to society, including grant programs that provide financial support to nonprofit organizations, and the use of donations to resolve social issues. Our areas of support span a wide range of fields, from activities related to shipping and the world’s oceans, to public and social welfare and international cooperation.


Natsuko Tominaga, Public Relations Team The Nippon Foundation

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