Message from the Chairperson

November 1, 2010

Due to a revision in the Public Interest Corporation Law enacted in December 2008, the ITO Foundation for International Education Exchange applied to the Japanese Cabinet of Office on August 6, 2010 for permission to operate as an incorporated public interest foundation. On November 1 of that year, we were granted permission to do so and the ITO Foundation started anew as an incorporated public interest foundation. In accordance with the establishment of this new organization, I was appointed to serve as the foundation's chairperson.

The ITO Foundation for International Education Exchange was created on February 28, 1991 based on the wishes of the founder of the Shinnyo-En Buddhist order, the late Buddhist Master Shinjo Ito. The foundation works to realize Master Ito's desire to nuture the younger generation by offering sholarships to promising students―sincere, talented, and creative young people―who will strive to create a future of hope and contribute to the betterment of society. Since our inception 20 years ago, we have provided grants to about 300 scholarship students.

In today's tumultuous world, environments for education and research―both inside and outside Japan―continue to change rapidly. However, this constantly changing environment also presents opportunities. It is my hope that our exchange students will pursue their courses of study diligently in order to fulfill their academic goals, while at the same time being mindful of the future of our earth, and their role as a bridge with other countries, so that we may all work to create a world of peace.

In view of the diverse needs of education today, we have implemented programs to provide support for research at overseas universities and other institutions of higher learning, in addition to our conventional scholarship programs and scholarsip funds for students wishing to pursue Master's degrees.

As a private foundation, we are committed to responding to the many needs of siciety and will continue to provide generous assistance in promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other countries around the world.

Yasuhiro Ito Chairperson 

ITO Foundation for International Education Exchange