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Financial cooperation from the private sector

The Japan Foundation's international cultural exchange programs are made possible thanks to generous financial contributions from a wide range of private-sector entities, including companies, organizations, and individuals.
The donation system and other aspects of private funding for FY2016 are explained below, along with a list of donors and programs supported with their funding.

1.Types of Financial Cooperation

(1)General Donations

General donations are used to fund the Japan Foundation's international cultural exchange programs.

i.General donations system

General donations are received from companies, organizations, and individuals. The amount and timing of the donation are up to the donor. Donors in FY2016 are listed on the following page under Donors for Programs Expenses and Private Endowment Providers.

Donations for program expenses

These donations fund the Japan Foundation's programs conducted in the same fiscal year as the donation. The donor can request the donation to be used for a specific project during the fiscal year.

Donations for operational funds (private endowments)

These donations are deposited to the Japan Foundation's funds, and the accrued interest is used for program expenses in perpetuity. The FY2016 implementation of special programs established and named at the request of the benefactors in the past is outlined on the next page under Programs Supported by Private Endowments.

ii.Corporate Membership System (Supporting members)

Fixed donations are received from companies and organizations as annual membership dues. They are used to fund programs conducted in the same fiscal year. Donations are made in units of 100,000 JPY. General Members donate 100,000 JPY to 400,000 JPY, and Special Members donate 500,000 JPY or more annually. Membership benefits include invitations to various events of the Japan Foundation and a copy of The Japan Foundation Annual Report. Corporate members for FY2016 are listed on the next page under Corporate Members.

(2)Designated Donations

Financial contributions from individuals and corporations in Japan to support international cultural exchange programs in Japan and overseas are received by the Japan Foundation as donations to be used as a subsidy for applicable cultural exchange projects.
This system makes donors eligible for tax benefits for their donations. Applicable programs are international cultural exchange activities such as personnel exchanges, overseas Japanese studies and Japanese-language education programs, performances, exhibitions, and seminars. Designated donations are reviewed by a screening committee of outside experts to decide whether to accept the donation. Programs funded by designated donations in FY2016 are listed on the next page under Programs Supported by Designated Donations.

(3)Other Types of Private Financial Support

Besides donations, the Japan Foundation receives private-sector financial support in various forms such as cooperation funds and grants. Examples of such support in FY2016 are listed on the next page under Examples of Non-Donation Financial Support.

2.Tax Benefits for Donations

The Japan Foundation is a "Designated Public Benefit Organization" in accordance with Article 77 of the Order for Enforcement of the Corporation Tax Act and Article 217 of the Order for Enforcement of the Income Tax Act. This makes Japan-based donations to the Japan Foundation eligible for the following tax benefits.

(1)For corporations

The total donation amount to Designated Public Benefit Organization or the maximum deductible donation amount to Designated Public Benefit Organization, whichever is smaller, is treated as a loss.

NB 1:
If the total donation amount to Designated Public Benefit Organization is larger, the amount not treated as a loss (the amount exceeding the maximum deductible amount of donation to Designated Public Benefit Organizations) is included in the amount of normal donations.

The maximum deductible amount of a donation is calculated as follows:
Normal donations
(Amount of capital x Number of months for the period/12 x 0.25% + Amount of income x 2.5%) x 1/4
Donations to Designated Public Benefit Organizations
(Maximum Deductible Donation Amount)
(Amount of capital x Number of months for the period/12 x 0.375% + Amount of income x 6.25%) x 1/2

(2)For individuals

The total donation amount minus 2,000 JPY (up to 40% of the gross income) is tax deductible. Donations of inherited assets are also eligible for beneficial taxation treatment.

3. Donations Received in FY2016

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List of Donors, Contributors, and Supported Programs in FY2016

Donors for program expenses

(Listed in random order and without honorifics. Programs applicable for contributions in parentheses.)
Japan Tobacco Inc. (support for Japanese-language and Japanese studies education at Russian universities)
TOKYO GAS Co., Ltd. (Southeast Asia Japanese Education Support Program)
Benedict Creations (ASPaC Program)
Chizu Suzuki (Instituto Giapponese di Cultura Garden Maintenance)
Yoshiaki Fujiki (Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Program)
Koken Matsuyama & two individuals (General Program Expenses)

Private Endowment Providers

Mr. Yoshiaki Fujiki

Programs Supported by Private Endowments

Special programs established and named at the request of the benefactor
Takasago Thermal Engineering Japanese Studies Fellowship
The benefactor is Takasago Thermal Engineering Co., Ltd. To promote Japanese studies in Southeast Asia, this program provides young Japanese studies scholars in Southeast Asia with opportunities to conduct research in Japan. In FY2016, one fellow from Vietnam was invited to Japan.
Ken Watanabe Memorial Fund, Library Book Donations
The benefactor is Mr. Yukinobu Watanabe, the father of Foreign Ministry worker Mr. Ken Watanabe who died in a traffic accident while training in the USA. In FY2016, 210 Japanese studies books were donated to the Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences in China.

Corporate Members (As of end FY2016, in alphabetical order)

(1)Special Members

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.; Mizuho Bank, Ltd.; Shochiku Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

(2)General Members

All Japan Kendo Federation; Asuka Foundation; Bonjinsha Inc.; Daiichi Seiwa Jimusho Co., Ltd.; Daikin Industries, Ltd.; Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.; Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.; Hitachi Ltd.; Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.; Ikenobo; Insho-sha; Japan International Cooperation Center; Katolec Corp.; Kodansha Ltd.; Kodokan Judo Institute; Kokusai Service Agency; Komazawa University; Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd.; Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.; Mori Building Co., Ltd.; Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, Inc.; NHK International, Inc.; Nippon Origami Association; Shiseido Co., Ltd.; Shorinji Kempo Organization; Starlanes Travel Service Corp.; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.; Tokyo Business Service Co., Ltd; Urasenke Konnichian Foundation; and one other corporate member

Programs Supported by Designated Donations

(Country of program implementation in parentheses. Listed in random order)
Asian University for Women Scholarship Program (Bangladesh); CWAJ Cultural Exchange Scholarship Program for Women (Japan); Music from Japan 2017 Artist Residence (US); U.S.-Japan Research Institute (US); Duke University School of Law Japanese Law & Culture Program (US); LSH Asia Scholarship (Japan); 22nd Honolulu Festival (US); Balkan Chamber Orchestra 2016 (Japan, Switzerland); The World Festival of Children's Performing Arts in Toyama, 2016 (Japan); Shitennoji Wasso (Japan); Portland Japanese Garden Expansion Project (US)

Primary Examples of Non-Donation Financial Support

Ishibashi Foundation

Support for the exhibitions "The Japan Pavilion at The 57th International Art Exhibition - Biennale di Venezia" and "The Emergence of the Contemporary: Avant-Garde Art in Japan, 1950-1970"

Shoyu Club

Provision of Japanese-language educational materials and equipment to Hue University College of Foreign Languages and Da Nang University of Foreign Languages, and support for the "Japanese Language & Culture Japan Study Tour for Vietnamese Japanese studies students and young researchers"

NB 5: For more details about our donors and supporters, see our website (in Japanese):