Here are milestones of FUTI (formerly FOTI)’s accomplishments in its fund raising and grant giving activities, and its newsletter and annual report publications:

  • November 2009: The first fund-raising campaign was launched.
  • January 2010: The first issue of FOTI Newsletter.
  • March 2010: A grant of $25,000 was awarded to the Todai-Yale Initiative (TYI) for Japanese Studies and Related Humanities and Social Services at Yale.
  • March 2010: A grant of $10,000 was awarded to the “ IPMU (Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe) Satellite” at U.C. Berkeley.
  • June 2010: “FOTI International Leadership Award” was created, and the first Award was given to an MIT graduate student, who did summer internship at Todai.
  • June 2010: The 1st fund-raising campaign was completed with a total amount of donations of $ 139,632 ($96,432 from Shintech and $43,200 from 42 individuals ) during the fiscal year of July 2009 through June 2010.
  • November 2010: The 2nd fund-raising campaign was launched.
  • June 2011: “FOTI International Leadership Awards” were given to 4 Todai students who attended GSP (Global Summer Program) courses at U.C. Berkeley; 2 Todai students who attended Yale’s ELI; 3 MIT students who conducted research at Todai as summer interns;3 U.C. Berkeley students and 1 Yale student who attended the GSP at Todai. For details, see the 2011 Annual Report , pp. 6-8.
  • June 2011: The 2nd fund-raising campaign was completed with a total amount of $98,653 ($58,461 from Shintech and $40,192 from 45 individuals) . See the 2011 Annual Report,  pp. 9-11.
  • June 2011: $10,000 was awarded to the “IPMU program” at U.C. Berkeley (2nd award) to support their exchange program of graduate students and post- doctoral fellows between Todai and Berkeley and their conference travels. See the 2011 Annual Report , p.5.
  • July 2011: $30,000 was awarded to the Todai-Yale Initiative (2nd award) to support Todai professors who plan to attend an international conference on “International Development Cooperation among Asian Donors,” scheduled at Yale in March 2012.
  • July 2011: The first issue of the FOTI e-Newsletter (Newsletter No. 1) was issued. The newsletter was distributed to the past and prospective donors.
  • September 2011: A major overhaul and expansion of the FOTI website was completed. It was designed and to be maintained by Amy I Productions. See the 2011 Annual Report , p.6.
  • September 2011: Newsletter No. 2 was issued.
  • November 2011: The 3rd fund-raising campaign was launched.
  • December 2011: The 2011 Annual Report was produced. Printed copies of the Japanese version were distributed to the past and prospective donors. Both Japanese and English versions are posted on the website.
  • December 2011: Newsletter No. 3 was issued.
  • January 2012: Newsletter No. 4 was issued.
  • March 2012: The Annual Board and Advisory Committee Joint Meeting was held.
  • May 2012: Newsletter No. 5 was issued.
  • June 2012: “FOTI International Leadership Awards” were given to 4 Todai students who attended GSP at U.C. Berkeley or Yale; 3Todai students who attended Yale’s ELI or regular summer school; 3 MIT students who did summer internship at Todai; 2 U.C. Berkeley students who attended GSP at Todai, and U.S. students who participated in UTRIP (the University of Tokyo Research Internship Program). See an article in Newsletter No. 5 June 2012: $10,000 was awarded to the research collaboration between Kavli IPMU at Todai and BCTP at UC, Berkeley (3rd award). See the 2012 Annual Report, page 3
  • June 2012: $13,750 was awarded to the Columbia-Todai joint program for a curricular development on condensed matter physics. See the 2012 Annual Report, page 4
  • June 2012: The 3rd fund-raising campaign was completed with a total amount of $139,160 ($77,155 from Shintech and $62,005 from 77 individuals) . See Newsletter No. 6 (see bellow). or the 2012 Annual report, pages 8-9
  • September 2012: Newsletter No. 6 was issued.
  • October 2012: The Annual Board and Advisory Committee Joint Meeting was held.
  • November 2012: The 4th fund-raising campaign was launched.
  • December 2012: The 2012 Annual Report was produced.
  • April 2013: Newsletter No. 7 was issued.
  • June 2013: “FOTI Global Leadership Awards (formerly called the FOTI International Leadership Awards)” were given to 3 Todai students who attended GSP at U.C. Berkeley or Yale; 3 Todai students who attended Yale’s ELI or regular summer school; 2 Todai students who attended summer courses at Berkeley; 2 MIT students who conducted research at Todai; 1 U.C. Berkeley student and 2 Yale students who attended the GSP at Todai; 6 U.S. students who participated in UTRIP . See Newsletters No. 7 and 8  (see below) June 2013: $10,000 was awarded to the research collaboration between Kavli IPMU at Todai and BCTP at UC Berkeley (4th award). See Newsletter No 8.
  • June 2013: $15,000 was awarded to the Columbia-Todai program on condensed matter physics (2nd award). See an article in Newsletter No 8.
  • June 2013: The 4th fund-raising campaign was completed with a total amount of $131,396 ($70,076 from Shintech, and $61,320 from 73 individuals). See an article in Newsletter No.8
  • August 2013: FOTI co-sponsored the reception for Todai students who participated in the “Taiken” program in the New York area. See an article in Newsletter No.8,
  • September 2013: Newsletter No. 8 was issued.
  • September 2013: The Annual Board and Advisory Committee Joint Meeting was held.
  • November 2013: The 5th fund-raising campaign was launched.
  • December 2013: The 2013 Annual Report was produced. December 2013: Newsletter No. 9 was issued.
  • May 2014: Newsletter No. 10 was issued.
  • May 2014: FOTI changed its name to Friends of UTokyo, Inc. (FUTI) with its Japanese name 東大友の会
  •  June 2014: “FUTI Global Leadership Awards” were given to 2 UTokyo students who attended the GSP at U.C. Berkeley; 3 UTokyo students who attended the English language program at Yale or Berkeley; 8 UTokyo students who attended summer courses at Harvard, Berkeley, Yale, Ohio State and other U.S. universities; 2 Yale students who attended the GSP at UTokyo; 4 U.S. students who participated in UTRIP, and 1 U.S. student who participated in UTSIP. In addition, a travel grant was given to a U.S. high school senior who was admitted to the PEAK program at UTokyo in the Fall of 2014. See Newsletters No. 10, 11, and 12.
  • June 2014: Newsletter No. 11 was issued.
  • June 2014: $10,000 was awarded to the research program between Kavli IPMU and BCTP at UC Berkeley (5th award).
  • June 2014: $11,500 was awarded to the Columbia-Todai joint program (3rd award). See Newsletter No. 12
  • June 2014: The 4th fund-raising campaign was completed with a total amount of $109,616.24 ( $52,956.24 from Shintech and $56,660.00 from 58 individuals).
  • August 2014 : The 1st phase of a major overhaul and expansion of the FUTI website was completed. It was designed and to be maintained by Amy I Productions. See Newsletter No. 12.
  • October 2014: Newsletter No. 12 was issued
  • November 2014: The 2014 Annual Report was produced.
  • May 2015: FUTI launched a lecture series. During 2015, FUTI co-hosted three lectures  with alumni groups: “From Free World to Rivalry: Power and Competition in World Affairs: The Middle East, Russia and China” by Prof. Kiichi Fujiwara, UTokyo (in May), “The Gifts of the Ocean and Its Future,” by Prof. Ken Furuya, UTokyo (in September), and “Challenges of Abenomics Stage II” by Prof. Takatoshi Ito,  Columbia University (in October). See Newsletters No. 13  and 14
  • June 2015: FUTI Global Leadership awards were given to nine UTokyo students, who undertook summer studies at U.S. universities, such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Michigan and U.C. Berkeley, and 11 U.S. students who participated in programs such as UTRIP, UTSIP, and GSP at UTokyo. Travel grants were awarded to two high school seniors in the U.S. who joined the PEAK program at UTokyo in the fall of 2015. See Newsletter No. 13.
  • June 2015 : FUTI awarded a grant to the research program between Kavli IPMU and BCTP at UC Berkeley and the Columbia-UTokyo joint program in education and training in the field of condensed matter physics. See the 2015 Annual Report.
  • June 2015: The 5th fund-raising campaign was completed with a total gift amount of approximately $110,000 of which approximately $ 20,000 was from Shintech, Inc. Fifty four individual contributors, including two major donors, contributed approximately $93,000. See Newsletter No. 14.
  • July 2015: Newsletter No.13 was issued.
  • November 2015: Newsletter No.14 was issued.
  • February 2016: The 2015 Annual Report was produced.
  • March 2016: During 2016, FUTI co-hosted three lectures with alumni groups: ”A Future Energy Source, Nuclear Fusion, and the Study of Plasma in the Universe,” by Dr. Masaaki Yamada, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (in March), and  “Panama Papers in Perspective- How illicit Capital Flows Make Us All Vulnerable,” by Prof. Krishen Mehta, Yale University (in May), and “The Expanding Ocean Desert,” by Prof. Ken Furuya, UTokyo (in September). See Newsletter No.15 and 16.
  • June 2016: FUTI Global Leadership awards were given to six UTokyo students, who undertook summer studies at U.S. universities, such as Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard, and seven students in U. S. universities, who participated in programs such as UTRIP, UTSIP, and GSP at UTokyo. Additionally, one high school senior in the U.S. who was admitted to the PEAK program in the fall of 2016 received a travel grant. See Newsletter No.15.
  • June 2016 : FUTI awarded grants to the research program between Kavli IPMU and BCTP at UC Berkeley and the Columbia-UTokyo joint program in education and training in the field of Condensed matter physics. Additionally, a travel grant was given  to support Yale-UTokyo Exchange: Kenjiro Yamakawa Memorial Lectures. See The 2016 Annual Report.
  • June 2016: This year marked the first year of the Ito Foundation U.S.A-FUTI scholarship program which is designed to support UTokyo students/alumni to study at a U.S. university for one semester or longer. Nine UTokyo students/alumni received the scholarships in this program and undertook studies at universities such as Harvard, Columbia, M.I.T., Johns Hopkins, and UC Berkeley. See Newsletter No.15.
  • June 2016: The 6th annual fund-raising campaign (FY2015-16) concluded with a total revenue of approximately $316,000 due to substantial gifts from the Ito Foundation USA, Shintech, Inc. and H.K. Chou Charity Foundation. Approximately $59,000 was donated by 68 individual donors. See Newsletter No.16.
  • July 2016: Newsletter No.15 was issued.
  • January 2017: Newsletter No.16 was issued.
  • April 2017: The 2016 Annual Report was produced.
  • June 2017: FUTI Global Leadership awards were given to ten UTokyo students, who undertook summer studies at U.S. universities, such as Harvard, UC Berkeley, and Stanford, and eight U.S. students who participated in programs such as UTRIP, UTSIP,  SEUT (School of Engineering Tokyo) and GSP at UTokyo. See Newsletter No.17.
  • June 2017: Under the Ito Foundation USA-FUTI program(for the second year), ten scholarships were given to UTokyo students and alumni. They undertook their study at US universities such as Columbia University, Harvard University, MIT, Johns Hopkins, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Tulane and Georgia Tech. See details in Newsletter No. 17.
  • June 2017: FUTI awarded an education/training grant  to the Columbia-UTokyo joint program in the field of condensed matter physics and a travel grant to support Yale-UTokyo Exchange: Kenjiro Yamakawa Memorial Lectures.
  • June 2017: The 7th annual fund-raising campaign (FY2016-17) concluded with a total gift revenue of approximately $199,000 which reflected substantial gifts from the Ito Foundation USA ($110,000) and Shintech, Inc. (approximately $31,000). The number of individual donors at 65 remained essentially unchanged from last year. They donated approximately $54,000. See Newsletter No.18.
  • June 2017: Newsletter No.17 was issued.
  • December 2017: Newsletter No.18 was issued.