Linking the Future
Supporting youth exhange between Japan, Asia and Oceania

Linking the Future

Supporting youth exhange between Japan, Asia and Oceania


To promote exchanges among young people in Japan and the Asia-Oceania region, as well as mutual understanding and friendly relations through the development of human resources, so that they act as a bridge between Japan and that region.

2006 Founded under the jurisdiction of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

2011 Incorporated as a Public Interest Foundation under the jurisdiction of Japan’s Cabinet Office
Details on its programs
・Scholarship Program: For Graduate Students from Asian countries

・International Exchange Program

・Youth Exchange Program, International Exchange Program Grant

・Overseas Japanese Language Education Support Project

・Fundamental support projects: Kamenori Awards, lectures and symposiums
The Kamenori Foundation

Bellevue Kojimachi, 1st Floor, 5-5, Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN
Tel: 81-3-3234-1694 Fax: 81-3-3234-1603

These times demand individuals capable of transcending divisions

 The international community finds itself in an age of division never seen since the end of the Cold War. Wars tear people apart into enemies and allies and tear apart the hearts of those who are neither.
When I see the images of the devastated streets of Ukraine, there are moments when a sense of helplessness overcomes me. However, it is precisely in such times that developing talents capable of overcoming these divisions becomes imperative. While our capabilities may be limited, I firmly believe that our path lies in continuing the meticulous and resolute efforts we have been pursuing—nurturing individuals for international exchange and multicultural coexistence.
I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have been steadfastly supporting our vision from the grassroots. It is my utmost wish that the young individuals supported by the Kamenori Foundation, through your cooperation, will leave a mark in the world with their global perspective, bound by strong community ties.
Shinsuke Kimura
The Kamenori Foundation Board Chairperson

History of Kamenori Foundation

The Kamenori Foundation was established under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in April 2006. The foundation was named after the late Kamenori Yasumoto, the founder of Kyoritsu Building Co., Ltd. Kamenori Yasumoto was born in Cheju Island, Korea, and relocated to Japan in 1927 at the age of eighteen. He started a rubber business and later founded Kyoritsu Building Co., Ltd., a rental apartment business. Kamenori’s second son, Kenmori, succeeded Kyoritsu Building Co., Ltd. and expanded business to Hong Kong and Australia. While working in Hong Kong and Australia, Kenmori became deeply interested in the countries of Asia and Oceania. Kenmori was concerned that the anti-Japan sentiment he witnessed in Asia, compounded by a lack of understanding in Japan about Asia and Oceania, would have a negative effect on friendly relations in Asia and the world. To help overcome this, he established a foundation to enable cross-cultural exchange between Japan and other countries in Asia and Oceania. “Let’s work together to build mutual understanding and interest in our Asian neighbors.” He named this foundation after his father, Kamenori, who had always wished young people to learn about unfamiliar cultures.

Kamenori Yasumoto
The founder of Kyoritsu Building Co., Ltd.

Kenmori Yasumoto
The founder of Kamenori Foundation

Board Members


  • Alex K. YASUMOTO Founder, the Kamenori Foundation
    Executive Director, Kyoritsu Building Co., Ltd.
  • Fumiko UEHARA Associate Professor, Iwate Prefectural University
  • Hiroko KONO Officer, Executive Coach, COACH A Co., Ltd.
    External Member of the Board, Life Corporation
  • Yasuko MIYAJIMA Representative Director, Cultivator
  • Koichi MORIZONO Professor Emeritus, Akita International University
  • Yoshiyuki RIKITAKE Director, Yotsuya Kawazoe Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic


  • Board Chairperson Shinsuke KIMURA Lawyer
  • Executive Director Hiroko NISHIDA Former Secretary General, the Kamenori Foundation
  • Yoshitoshi SODESAKI Former Assistant General Manager, Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Yoshiko NAKANO Professor, Tokyo University of Science
  • Keisuke NISHIKAWA Senior Manager, QUNIE Corporation
  • Masao NISHIKAWA Former Executive Director, the Kamenori Foundation
  • Akio NOMURA Board Chairperson,
    Japan Initiative for Youth Development
  • Eiji HARADA President and Founder, Eiji Press Inc.
  • Junichi FUJII Auditor, Atsumi International Foundation
  • WANG Min Professor Emeritus, Hosei University
    Specially Appointed Professor, J.F Oberlin University


  • Reizo KATSUMORI Manager, General Affairs Dept.
    BUYOH Co., Ltd.
  • Kazuo YAMAMOTO Certified Public Accountant, Tax Accountant

As of August, 2023

Our Programs

Youth Exchange Program: Kamenori School

Target:Junior and senior high school students in Japan and Asian countries

Description: A training program designed to allow young people from Japan and Asian countries to interact, understand each other better, and broaden their horizons

Past records: Conducted in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2023
30 Japanese and Asian junior and senior high school students participated in each session

International Exchange Program: Kamenori College

Target:University undergraduates living in Southeast Asia and Japan

Description: A program that prepares students to play active roles in future global contexts, and fosters the mindset and skills that they need to grow as assertive human resources

Past records: Conducted in 2018, 2020 (online), 2021, 2022 and 2023
Several international students from Asian countries have participated, in addition to Japanese university students.

Japanese Speakers’ Forum

Target:Senior high school students learning the Japanese language in five Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and Malaysia), and Japanese senior high school student / Japanese language teachers in five Southeast Asian countries

Description: A program for teachers and students to learn together, co-conducted in cooperation with the Japan Foundation (JF) since 2013
・Creating and implementing models to learn Japanese as a foreign language, so that Japanese language education aims at developing the skills that students will need in tomorrow’s societies
・Building a network of Japanese speakers (nihongo-jin) in secondary education
・Promoting mutual understanding among young generations and developing global human resources

Past records: 10-year project
Conducted in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, and conducted online in 2020

Scholarship Program: Graduate Scholarship for Asian Students

Target:Graduate students from Asian countries

Description: Scholarships for graduate studies, granted to full-time foreign students from Asian countries, who must reside in Japan and be enrolled at designated universities

Past records: Granted to a total of 49 individuals to date, including 22 master’s students and 27 doctoral students

Other Programs

・Kamenori Awards

・Kamenori Forum

・Kamenori Session


・Seminar series

・Kamenori Reunion