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Financial cooperation from the private sector

The Japan Foundation holds international cultural exchange programs thanks to generous financial contributions from a wide range of private sector entities including companies, organizations, and individuals. The private-sector financial contribution and donation system for fiscal 2015 are explained below along with a list of donors and contributors and the programs made possible with the financial support.

1. Categories of Financial Cooperation

(1)General Donations

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

①General 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 fiscal 2015 are listed on the following page under Donors for Programs Expenses and Private Endowments Providers.

●Donations for programs 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. Implementation status in fiscal 2015 of the special programs established and named at the request of the benefactors in the past are on the next page under Programs Supported by Private Endowments.

②Corporate 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 fiscal 2015 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 fiscal 2015 are listed on the next page under Programs Supported by Designated Donations.

(3)Other Types of Financial Cooperation

Besides donations, the Japan Foundation receives private-sector financial support in various forms such as cooperation funds and grants. Examples of such support in fiscal 2015 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
(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 Fiscal 2015

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List of Donors, Contributors, and Supported Programs in Fiscal 2015

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)
Fukujuen Co. Ltd. (the Kongo Noh performance that served as the opening event for the Raku: the Cosmos in a Tea Bowl exhibitions in Russian)
Nisshin Kogyo Co. Ltd. (exhibitions at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia)
Maeda Corporation (exhibitions at the Japan Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia)
Yasui Architects & Engineers, Inc. (exhibitions at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia)
Yoshiaki Fujiki (U.S. JET commemorative training program in Japan)
2 other individuals (the Japan Foundation China Center project, project in collaboration with Japanese universities to invite university students to Japan for training, U.S. JET commemorative training program in Japan, general project expenses)

Private Endowment Providers

1 individual

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 to conduct research in Japan. In fiscal 2015, 1 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 U.S.A. In fiscal 2015, 226 Japanese studies books were donated to the Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences in China.)

Corporate Members
(As of late fiscal 2015, in alphabetical order)

(1)Special Members

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.; Mizuho Bank, Ltd.; Shochiku Co., Ltd.; SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.; and 1 other corporate member

(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 Communications Foundation; Nippon Origami Association; Shorinji Kempo Organization; Starlanes Travel Service Corp.; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.; Tokyo Business Service Co., Ltd; Urasenke Konnichian Foundation; and 2 other corporate members

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); Promoting Japan-Tanzania cultural exchange and mutual understanding through Sakura Girls Secondary School project; US-Japan Bridging Foundation Scholarship Program (U.S.A. and Japan); Music from Japan 2016 Artists' Residence (U.S.A. and Japan); U.S.-Japan Research Institute (U.S.A.); Japanese Law and Culture Program at Duke Law School (U.S.A.); Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies 50th Anniversary Project (Japan); LSH Asia Scholarship (Japan); 21st Honolulu Festival (U.S.A.); Balkan Chamber Orchestra in Belgrade performances 2015; The World Festival of Children's Performing Arts in Toyama; Shitennoji Wasso (Japan); Japan-Korea Exchange Festival Matsuri 2015 (Japan); Portland Japanese Garden expansion project

Primary Examples of Non-Donation Financial Support

Ishibashi Foundation:

Grant for Japan Pavilion exhibition at the 15th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, the exhibition Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga, and the exhibition Transphère #1-Fertile Landscapes at the Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris.

Shoyu Club:

Purchase and shipping of Japanese-language teaching materials and equipment for the Hue College of Foreign Languages and the Da Nang University of Foreign Language Studies, and grants for visits to Japan by Vietnamese Japan studies students and young researchers to engage in Japanese language and culture training.

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