Its Purposes and Activities

FUTI (Friends of UTokyo, Inc.) is a not-for-profit charitable organization registered in the State of New York. It was formerly called FOTI (Friends of Todai, Inc), and the name change took place in May 2014, in response to the recent change from “Todai” to “UTokyo” in its English abbreviation of the University of Tokyo.

FUTI provides financial support and opportunities for cooperation in joint projects and exchange of ideas for the worldwide community of UTokyo. The community includes individuals and organizations united with a common goal for participating in the continued future development of UTokyo in the U.S., Japan and in the world. Financial support will provide UTokyo with resources to enhance the quality of education and research, and contribute to its leadership role in the cultural, scientific, academic and social fields (Source: Article 2: Purposes in By-Laws of FUTI).

FUTI is exempt from the U.S. Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to FUTI are deductible under Section 170 of the Code. FUTI is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2101 or 2522 of the Code.

Organizations exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Code are further classified as either public charities or private foundations. FUTI has been determined to be a public charity under the Code section 170 (b)(1)(A)(vi). Publication 4221-PC: Compliance Guide for 501(c)(3) Public Charities provides information about the responsibilities of a tax-exempt organization (Source: Letter 947 (DO/CG) from the IRS to FOTI dated November 7, 2008).

FUTI engages in scholarship programs. Through its “Global Leadership Award (GLA)” program, it has thus far awarded summer scholarships to 71 students in total (37 UTokyo students and 34 U.S. students) since the inception of the program in 2010. FUTI provides the GLA to selected students in U.S. universities who participate in programs hosted by UTokyo, including GSP 1, UTRIP 2, UTSIP 3, and PEAK 4. It also awards the GLA to outstanding UTokyo students who participate in programs offered by U.S. universities, including GSP (held at Yale or UC Berkeley), various English language programs and regular summer schools.

As for its research grant programs, FUTI has supported the Todai-Yale Initiative, which was established to re-vitalize American interest in Japan studies. It has also supported the exchange programs of young researchers between the Kavli IPMU (Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe ) at UTokyo and the Center for Theoretical Physics at UC Berkeley, and the joint effort between Columbia University and UTokyo to develop a graduate-level curriculum on condensed matter physics.


1 Global Summer Program (GSP)

2 University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP)

3 University of Tokyo Summer Internship Program (UTSIP)

4 Programs in English At Komaba (PEAK)