Chairman’s Message

Photo of Chairman Sasakawa talking with persons with disabilitiesThe Nippon Foundation aims to realize an inclusive society and carries out various programs toward this end.

Building on our many years of experience, we have designed and implemented programs that successfully enhance people’s potential and promote their empowerment in innovative ways.

In recent years, people with disabilities have increasingly been seeking ways to contribute to society in their own proactive way. We have been responding to these calls by exploring new programs, and in the process, we are redefining social innovation.

For those who demonstrate leadership qualities, we have established a public policy institute to train future policymakers. Students are able to receive a postgraduate education online to prepare for a role in policymaking.

For those who would like to start a business, our programs offer “inclusive financing,” that is, financing for persons with disabilities. Vocational training that makes use of information and communications technology (ICT) is also provided, and remote employment becomes a real possibility.

For those who are active in sports and the arts, our programs provide venues to compete or display and perform their works, to share the joy of creation and performance with others. These opportunities enable people to raise their level of performance and gain confidence.

Through these innovative programs, The Nippon Foundation will continue to empower more and more people to realize their potential and decide their own future and way of life.

Yohei Sasakawa