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
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.
The founder of Kyoritsu Building Co., Ltd.
The founder of Kamenori Foundation
- 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
- Takao ASAKURA Head Coach, FUJIFILM MINERVA AFC
- 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
Japan Initiative for Youth Development
- Eiji HARADA President and Founder, Eiji Press Inc.
- Junichi FUJII Auditor, Atsumi International Foundation
Professor Emeritus, Hosei University
Specially Appointed Professor, J.F Oberlin University
Manager, General Affairs Dept.
BUYOH Co., Ltd.
- Kazuo YAMAMOTO Certified Public Accountant, Tax Accountant
As of August, 2023
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