The three regional Toshiba foundations take a dynamic approach to supporting culture and education.
Toshiba International Foundation
The Toshiba International Foundation was established in 1989 to promote international exchange and a better understanding of Japan and offers global support for symposiums, seminars, culture and arts festivals, research and educational activities.
In 2014, we supported 64 projects providing support and held events to celebrate the 25th anniversary in Japan, Thailand, England, and America. In addition, we implemented programs that focused on the area of education of human resources through voluntary business.
Primary Activities in 2014
1．25th anniversary of business operations
（1）Reception for the 25th anniversary of TIFO
We participated in the Washington Conference (June 4 to 6) of the US Japan Network for the Future's program to educate young American and Japanese researchers, which is endorsed by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. We also held a 25th anniversary reception for TIFO in the Mansfield room in the US congress (on Capitol Hill) in Washington, D.C., on June 5. There were about 140 people in attendance, including politicians, researchers, academics, Japanese diplomats, and the media.
（2）International Symposium: What Can Japan Bring to the World for 2020?
We held the international symposium "What can Japan bring to the world for 2020?" on October 3, at the Nikkei Hall (cosponsored with Nikkei Inc. and the Japan Center for Economic Research). This symposium studied how Japan must appeal to the world from 2019 through 2020 during large-scale international sporting events. This symposium comprised two parts. The first part featured instructors from overseas, who were very knowledgeable about the culture and history of Japan, analyzing points that Japanese people themselves were not aware of. In the second part, academics discussed these analyses from a wide range of viewpoints, such as industry, finance, statistics, and others.
（3）Myriad Year Clock Exhibition and Toshiba Lecture: Science & Arts in Japan
Through the cooperation of the ambassador of Japan in England and the Toshiba Science Museum, the myriad year clock (replica) was exhibited from October 29 to December 1, 2014, at the Japanese embassy in London (the first exhibition outside of Japan) as a way to introduce technology of the Edo period, and bolster Japan and England's relationship while showing the spirit of manufacturing in Japan. In addition, Kazuyoshi Suzuki, an instructor at the National Museum of Nature and Science, was invited to give mini lectures in the theme of time and the myriad year clock in the Edo era and focusing on Hisashige Tanaka and Ichisuke Fujioka, who were an Edo era craftsman and a Meiji era engineer. Suzuki held three related talks through a tie-in with a lecture series sponsored by Toshiba that was being held at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures at the same time.
（4）International Symposium: Overcoming the Middle Income Trap
Through the cooperation of Toshiba (Toshiba Thai Co.,Ltd), a joint international symposium with Chulalongkorn University and the University of Tokyo was held in Bangkok from February 26 to 27, 2014. The theme of the symposium was overcoming the middle income trap. Discussions were held on such topics as links that exceed the ASEAN, humanitarian exchanges, and bolstering the relationship of Japan and the ASEAN from 2015 and beyond.
（1) Summer school at the University of East Anglia Japan Research Center in England
Students interested in Japan or researching Japan were invited to the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, England for a sponsored summer school that lasted almost 2 weeks and introduced Japanese research using a method that was originally developed at this university. Fiscal 2014, the first year that TIFO voluntary business was held, became a great opportunity for the 13 participants selected from among 74 who applied from students in V4 countries (four Eastern European countries) to deepen their understanding of Japan.
（2) Toshiba Youth Club Asia（TYCA）
We started the Toshiba Youth Club Asia, an international exchange program targeting high school students in ten ASEAN countries and Japan that is co-hosted by the Toshiba International Foundation and the Toshiba Thai Foundation. TYCA is intended to provide opportunities for Japanese and ASEAN high school students to gather together in Japan to heighten the interest in Japan of students from ASEAN countries in consideration of their vision for Asia in the future. The first time was from March 23 to 30. Participants included 2 students and 1 advisor each from 6 countries: Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos. There were 4 high school students from Japan, for a total of 16 high school students and 8 advisors. During this period, there was a 1 day program on the topic of the environment and finances at the Keio Shonan Fujisawa Junior & Senior High School, a visit to the Toshiba Science Museum, and a visit to Meiji Jingu so the students could learn about environmental problems, cutting edge technology, and the various aspects of Japan's culture and society.
Toshiba America Foundation
The primary activity of the Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) is to provide funding for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects that are innovative and practical. These projects were designed by outstanding teachers to improve instruction in K-12 classrooms throughout the United States. The Foundation considers teachers to be the best qualified people to help students achieve success and become innovators for the next generation. In FY2013, schools in the United States used our grants for studies in numerous topics relating to robot technology, hydroponics, meteorology, water quality, and renewable energy. Since the TAF was established in 1990, it has provided approximately $11.5 million in funding.
Toshiba Thai Foundation
This photo is ceremony at Chulalongkorn University
Since 1991 the Toshiba Thai Foundation's scholarship program has made a difference for university students studying engineering. The foundation hopes the scholarships will inspire talented engineers whose work contributes to sustainability through environmental or energy conservation.
The directors of the Toshiba Thai Foundation circulate to present scholarship to engineering students at each university in Bangkok area.