Dear Supporters of Friends of UTokyo, Inc. (FUTI):
I hope this message finds you well. Since its inception in 2007, the Friends of UTokyo, Inc. (FUTI) has been providing excellent opportunities to a number of highly talented students from the US and Japan through FUTI’s short-term (summer) scholarships, as well as to many promising UTokyo alumni through mid- to long-term scholarships. These scholarships have undoubtedly made substantial impacts on the lives and career development of outstanding UTokyo students and alumni, as well as students of leading US universities in science, technology, arts, economics, the humanities, etc., as potential next-generation leaders in the world. In this context, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the late Professor Hisashi Kobayashi, the late Mr. Masatoshi Ito and the late Dr. Chihiro Kanagawa, who passed away this spring for their invaluable contributions to FUTI’s establishment and operations. I should also mention that FUTI added a new scholarship, “Hsun Kwei & Aiko Takizawa Chou Scholarship”, for mid- to long-term studies, as the first scholarship fund established with the UTokyo New York Office (UT NYO) to fulfill our mission this year.
The world is facing many serious problems, e.g., natural disasters induced by climate change, pandemic diseases, rise of autocracy, brutal wars in Ukraine/Russia, Israel/Palestine, increasing number of migrants, a widening gap between the wealthy and the poor, etc. Therefore, the cultivation of the next-generation leaders, who are resilient and can find solutions to these issues, is evermore essential for us, which is exactly the mission of FUTI.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those who have supported FUTI’s mission to foster the global leaders of tomorrow, and ask for your continued support. I also would like to call upon each and every friend and patron who endorse FUTI’s mission for continued support in order for us to sustain and enrich FUTI’s Programs through 2024 and beyond. For further information on FUTI’s organization and activities, please see the 2022 Annual Report.
Please visit friendsofutokyo.org/donate for online and postal donations. In the donation form, you are encouraged to specify to which program your donation will be applied.
Iwao Ojima, President
Greetings from the COO
I am certain that many of you are aware that, your contributions to FUTI, a 501(c)(3) organization in the US, will be deductible from your “gross income (AGI)” in your US federal tax filing. However, do you know what kind of benefits are available in Japan?
Unfortunately, contributions to FUTI do not have tax merits under Japanese tax law. However, the University of Tokyo (UTokyo) counts them as contributions to the University and counts them cumulatively under the name of the donor over their lifetime. This is because the University of Tokyo recognizes FUTI as a closely related non-profit organization, even though it is an independent entity.
Benefits for FUTI donors in Japan include invitations to special seminars and activity briefing sessions at UTokyo, as well as conferment of donor titles according to the amount contributed. Furthermore, for those who have contributed a total of 300,000 yen or more, a nameplate with the donor’s name is displayed at the Yasuda Auditorium. Additionally, the University recommends donors with a cumulative contributions of more than 5 million yen to the Japanese government for a “Konnju Houshou” (Dark Blue Ribbon Award). When I recently returned to Japan for a visit, I was pleased to find a plaque with my name on it in the Yasuda Auditorium’s Donor Appreciation Section. I ended up taking a photo of the plaque. It was a moment of ultimate satisfaction for me, as I realized that I had marked my name in the Yasuda Auditorium of my alma mater.
For more information, please visit the link to the UTokyo Foundation on the FUTI donation page.
Junji Takegami, COO