Working Together

In carrying out activities over a broad range of areas, The Nippon Foundation supports over 20 different partner organizations, and is guided by its boards of trustees, counselors, and auditors, and by its various departments.

Organizational Chart

This image shows the organization of The Nippon Foundation.At the top is the Chairman, who is followed by the President, the Vice President and several Executive Directors.The Program Evaluation Department reports directly to the President, and evaluates and audits supported projects.The Disaster Response Department is responsible for emergency relief and recovery operations after disasters occur, as well as preparations to mitigate the effects of disaster emergencies should they occur.One of the Executive Directors is in charge of the General Affairs Department and the Accounting Department.The General Affairs Department handles general information and reception, board meeting logistics, human resources, recruitment and training, and secretarial operations for the Chairman, President, and Executive Directors.The Accounting Department is responsible for the preparation of budgets and settlement of accounts, monetary and other disbursements, receipts and safekeeping, and the acquisition and management of Foundation assets.Another Executive Director is in charge of the Planning and Communications Division.The Planning and Communications Division formulates overall strategies, policies, and project plans, handles overall coordination of new projects and centralized project management, and is responsible for disseminating information, branding, and media relations.Another Executive Director is in charge of the Ocean Affairs Division.The Ocean Affairs Division is involved in projects in Japan and overseas related to the ocean, including maritime issues, shipping, and maritime safety, as well as lending to shipbuilders.Another Executive Director is in charge of the Public Service Projects Division.The Public Service Projects Division is involved in public service projects in Japan in areas including social welfare, education, culture, tourism, and physical education.Another Executive Director is in charge of the International Projects Division.The International Projects Division is involved in public service projects outside Japan in areas including social welfare, education, culture, and physical education.Another Executive Director is in charge of the Special Projects Division.The Special Projects Division is responsible for overall coordination of major overseas initiatives, planning for overseas public relations, and the planning and implementation of other designated projects.Another Executive Director is in charge of the Partnership Development Division.The Partnership Development Division receives contributions, partners with companies, and works to encourage a donation culture in Japan.

Foundation Boards


Chairman Yohei Sasakawa
President Takeju Ogata
Vice President Akira Maeda
Executive Director Mitsuyuki Unno
Executive Director Ichiro Kabasawa
Executive Director Jumpei Sasakawa (President, NASTA CO.,LTD.)
Executive Director Yuji Mori
Executive Director Kazuhiro Yoshikura
Director Akiko Izumi (Journalist / Financial Planner)
Director Mariko Akimoto (Senior Researcher, ASAHI RESEARCH CENTER CO., LTD.)


Managing Auditor Motoaki Aoki
Certified Public Accountant Takuya Ohyabu
Certified Public Tax Accountant Hiroshi Hayashi


Professor Emeritus, Osaka University Takenori Inoki
Guest Columnist, The Sankei Shimbun Keiko Chino
Mayor of Ashiya Town Shigemaru Hatano
Professor Emeritus, Seisen University Izumi Kadono
Professor Emeritus, Chuo University Takayuki Shiibashi
President, Arrow Consulting Noboru Yanai
Writer Ichiriki Yamamoto


The Founder,
Approved Specified Nonprofit Corporation Katariba
Kumi Imamura
CEO, READYFOR Inc. Haruka Mera
General Manager, Business Development Headquarters, The Mainichi Newspapers Keiichiro Sawa
Deputy Managing Editor, The Asahi Shimbun Susumu Yamaguchi
Editor-in-Chief, News Department, Japan Broadcasting Corporation Kensuke Okoshi
Vice President, Amazon Japan G.K. Jeff Hayashida


Professor Emeritus, Keio University Takashi Kaneko
Professor, Chuo University Toyoharu Takahashi
Journalist / Financial Planner
The Nippon Foundation Director
Akiko Izumi
Professor, Meiji Gakuin University Yuri Sasaki
The Nippon Foundation Vice President Akira Maeda