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Message from the FUTI President

Dear Supporters of Friends of UTokyo, Inc. (FUTI):

I hope this message finds you well in spite of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which drastically changed all aspects of our lives worldwide. One thing that has become clear is the critical importance of leadership in politics, business, science, technology, arts, etc., to properly deal with this unprecedented huge crisis on a world scale. Also, it is evident that rapid and coordinated information sharing and international collaborations, especially in medical and social sciences, are the only way to solve such a crisis. In this regard, the cultivation of well-informed and capable next-generation leaders is extremely important for us, which is FUTI’s mission.

It has been more than twelve years since the inception of FUTI. We are full of gratitude to all the generous contributions we receive every year in support of our primary mission, the FUTI Scholarship programs.
We are currently in the middle of the spring campaign which will end on June 30, 2020. We greatly appreciate your support in any amount suitable for you.

As reported in the 2019 Annual Report, the 2019 FUTI Scholarship program was able to award 26 scholarships. Of those awards, 17 (for eight University of Tokyo students and nine students at U.S. universities) are for the summer programs and nine (for University of Tokyo students) are for the Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship.

As reported earlier, the FUTI Alumni Association was established in 2019 with the goal of connecting outstanding Japanese and American FUTI scholarship recipients (now totaling 200-plus) to create a stimulating intellectual community. Based on their personal experiences, FUTI alumni have expressed their beliefs in the importance of supporting future global leaders.

Please visit for online and postal donations. In the donation form, you are encouraged to specify to which program your donation will be applied.

Best regards,
Iwao Ojima, President

Vanessa Roser 

Harvard University, Junior

FUTI Global Leadership Award (2019)

I was a summer intern at the International Research Center for Neuroscience, UTokyo, working at the labs of Drs. Yazaki-Sugiyama and Shimizu. Having the opportunity to learn about “songbirds as model organisms for language acquisition and learning” has been very meaningful and exciting for me. Working on this project has also helped me gain valuable new experience in surgical techniques, fiber photometry, and immunohistochemistry that I plan to continue to develop after I leave Japan. I am so grateful to Friends of UTokyo for their generous support of my internship experience this summer.

Kazuma Nakano

UTokyo, Arts and Sciences, Junior

FUTI Global Leadership Award (2019)

At Harvard Summer School, I was able to take a class titled “Data Mining for Business”. Since the majority of the participants were professionals and graduate students, the class was very advanced. In the beginning I was a little bit at a loss, but it was a valuable experience. I was able to learn analytical theory while learning the R of programming language. After returning to Japan, I would like to use this skill to take on the challenge of analyzing data related to sports science.

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Megumi Asaba

Tulane University School of Public Health, Doctoral Program

Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship Program (2017-19)

My dissertation research will focus on social determinants of breastfeeding in the context of Afghanistan and the impact of Maternal and Child Health Handbook on changing the behaviors of pregnant and lactating mothers. I am hoping to contribute to reducing undernutrition in Afghanistan by finding an effective way of promoting breastfeeding through this dissertation project. I am grateful for FUTI’s support which enables me to study this important topic: Undernutrition is estimated to be associated with nearly half of all child deaths globally.

Yuki Sonoda

UTokyo, Medicine, 6th year

FUTI Global Leadership Award (2019)

I conducted two months of clinical clerkship (in orthopedic and endocrinology) at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Baltimore has a very poor security area, so there are a large number of intravenous drug users and gun creators Baltimore has very unsafe areas with many intravenous (IV) drug users and gunshot wounds (GSWs) patients so that I had many opportunities to see such patients whom I would never be able to see if I were doing clerkship in Japan. I am eager to making use of this valuable experience in my medical research and training in Japan.

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