ソーシャルベンチャー・パートナーズ東京は、社会的な課題の解決に取り組む革新的な事業に対して、資金の提供と、パートナーによる経営支援を行っています。

ソーシャルベンチャー・パートナーズ東京(SVP東京)

Investments

Investment


Pulusualuha

In various circumstances of adult such as the mental illness of the parent, Pulusualuha supports children doing its best

Pulusualuha is a project team that is made up of a psychiatrist and a nurse, making the psychoeducational tools such as picture books and working on the spread.

When a child who has a parent with a mental illness (depression, schizophrenia, alcoholism) is not taken care of without receiving explanation from anyone about the state of the parent, he or she may feel it is one's fault. Such a child feels anxiety and loneliness without being able to develop self-esteem and talk with anyone.

However, in Japan, there are few actions or tools to explain the circumstances that adult has to children. Pulusualuha makes a tool (a picture book or text) * to explain the current state of things is “not your fault” by words to reach the child, and aims a state that child and family can find a Happier life by sending it to neighboring adults and children.

*「The picture book which explains the mental illness of the family to a child」series (Yumani Shobo Publishing) already published; ?depression part ??schizophrenia part ?alcoholism part

Representative: Yoko Kitano(Years invested: 2014-)
Pulusualuha

Pulusualuha


ReBit

For a society where LGBT youths can grow up the way they are

5.2% of the population in Japan is said to be LGBTs (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender). However in Japan, LGBT considerations are lacking from education, social securities, and laws and are thought to be something that are apart from our everyday life.

According to a certain survey, 93% of the children did not have a chance to learn about LGBT issues in school.
This leads to prejudice and indifference against LGBTs, and to a serious situation in which 2 in 3 LGBTs once had considered committing suicide, having its peak during adolescence. The Japanese government states in the Policy of Suicide Prevention Guidelines, that there is a need to deal with this issue especially in educational fields. However, the improvement regarding this matter is very slow.

ReBit is a non-profit organization which supports LGBT youths, and aims to create a society where LGBT youths could grow up as the way they are. We endeavor accomplishing this goal by lecturing about LGBTs at schools and education committees, organizing events for LGBT youths in cooperation with municipalities, and supporting job hunting activities for LGBT youths. 
Every day, ReBit work to ensure that LGBT youths are able to learn and grow without experiencing hate and to become adults as they wish to be.

Representative Mika Yakushi (Years invested: 2014-)
ReBIt

Minkoto Inc,

Our mission is providing the opportunity touching genuine music experience for all preschool children

MInkoto provides the opportunity to foster the mind and the sensibility of preschool children through the interactive classical music concert called "Minnano-Concert". It means concert for all. 

Up to 6 years age is said to the most important period in life to nurture the mind and sensibility. 
In addition culture and arts are said to help to develop the human mind.

The agency for cultural affairs government of Japan prepares budget 5.1 billion yen per year to nurture the minds of children through cultural arts project however, the target of the budget is elementary school students or more therefore, it does not work to nurture the sense of preschool children.
Also preschool children are not allowed to enter the concert hall in Japan by the event organizer.

So we will deliver the classical music concert to usual spot for preschool child as nursery and kindergarten.
The kids can feel not only the music but also face of the performer and vibration of the instruments through their eyes, ears and skin.

We are doing financial support from own fund made with the donation and the grant In order to provide the concert for every preschool children that do not depend on the education environment if that nursery or  kindergarten doesn't have a enough budgets to invite our concert.

In the future we aim to become as a common sense that all preschool children can get the authentic live music experience in Japan by deliver concert.

Representaive: Yuko Watanabe(Years invested: 2014-)
Minkoto Inc,

Minkoto Inc,


KARAFURU, Inc.

preserving unique aspects of traditional Japanese culture by enlightening the public on the craft industry, and developing innovative products based on

In Japan, the traditional craft industry faces decline because of the rapidly changing consumer lifestyle. KARAFURU, Inc. is committed to preserving unique aspects of traditional Japanese culture by enlightening the public on the craft industry, and developing innovative products based on. We will focus on following three ways to achieve our mission:

1. Re-branding: We will offer products that are both traditional and modern in style. These are products that are designed for everyday use.
2. Enlightenment: We will offer workshops and use PR in which you will have the opportunity to learn about the value and appeal of traditional crafts.
3. Education: For those that share our vision, we will offer our skills and knowledge, as well as the opportunity to provide influence on the craft industry.

Representative: Yuki Kuroda  (Years invested: 2013-) 

KARAFURU

KARAFURU


Hanalab

Development leadership of female university students through solving social issues

Hanalab provides training programs to female university students in Japan so that they can develop leadership skills by addressing social issues through the training programs. It is said that women in Japan are inclined to underestimate their capability compared to men. Stereotyped perception for gender roles makes a big impact on it. In a university club, for example, a manager is typically male while a deputy manager is female. Same tendency is observed even in a corporate society, which reduces opportunities for women to play a leadership role and brush up their leadership skills.

Target of Hanalab is common female university students, who have not shown their talent yet but have great potential. If they are not granted any opportunities, they may keep underestimating their capability even after graduation. Hanalab is changing such a situation.

Female university students have characteristic advantages, i.e. “involuntary empathy”, “power of idea with no inhibition”, and “flexibility to adapt instantly”. Those abilities are the very ones that are required as an innovator to address advanced social issues in Japan such as low birth rate and longevity, falling population, and hollowing out of city centers, and lead Japan to a bright future. Hanalab facilitates their generation of great ideas based on those abilities, using the method of “design thinking”. 

Next, realization of such ideas will be a good opportunity for the female university students to develop leadership skills. Leadership skills to be developed are not only “leading a team” but other types of leadership skills, and Hanalab would like them to identify their own leadership styles. Hanalab also facilitates expansion of their vision by providing them with opportunities to communicate to people with various generations and situations.

The female university students who have attended the training programs are expected to be an innovator in an organization or community after graduation. Surely they will not wait for others’ action but make the first step to carve out their own path.

Representative: Megumi Sumi  (Years invested: 2013-) 

Hanalab

Hanalab


e-Education Project

Japanese young guys, let's challenge educational puzzles in developing world!

Many young people in developing countries give up the change of being educated due to economic reasons. In Bangladesh, the most impoverished Asian country, a great number of children born in rural areas have no choice but to stop dreaming about university life, with tears of desperateness.

e-Education was founded to give these youngsters a better chance to dream on. We recorded DVD videos of lessons given by famous preparatory school teacher in the capital of Bangladesh, then deliver those high-caliber educational materials to rural high school students in poverty. When the power of Japanese and Bangladesh young people got together, those students managed to be accepted by the most competitive colleges in the country. The doorway to their dreams are open again.

Till today, the third year of e-Educatiion, we are running video education projects in 8 countries, just to open as many doorways as we could. We believe a better world is around the corner, where young people all around the world could stand together to realize the vastness of their possibilities. 

Representative:  Atsuyoshi Saisho & Kaito Miwa (Years invested: 2013-) 

e-Education Project

e-Education Project


Lirymusica, Inc.

Delivering hearty music for nursing care service

In 2012, more than 5.2 million people receive some sort of nursing care in Japan.  They tend to spend less time to enjoy themselves compared with the way they used to live.  It becomes more and more difficult especially for those who with dementia to express a feeling of enjoyment as well as to communicate with their families and care staff.  Watching them lose enjoyment of life makes their families and care staff suffer from a sense of helplessness. 

The corporate name “Lirymusica" means hearty music.  Lirymusica creates a pleasant hour for care-receivers by providing “Music Facilitation,” which they can enjoy singing, playing musical instruments, and communicating through music.  Successful music session cannot be created solely by the staff of Lirymusica.  It is, in fact, achieved by collaborating with families and care staff.  Not only care-receivers but also their families and care staff can share a feeling of satisfaction by experiencing our “Music Facilitation.”

Lirymusica contributes to the improvement in care-receivers’ quality of life.  It is our mission to realize a society where everyone can enjoy their lives with peace of mind by easing the anxiety of old age and disability.

Representative: Itatsu Kan  (Years invested: 2012-) 

Lirymusica, Inc.

Lirymusica, Inc.


Kizuki

Providing learning opportunities for young dropouts

Kizuki supports youths undergoing ‘Hikikomori’(social withdrawal) and/or dropouts.  The nonprofit private school facilitates their return to school as well as society by providing learning opportunities through their two businesses.

Kizuki Prep School provides various study programs designed for dropouts and support their admissions to universities.  The students are often lack of basic knowledge due to dropouts or hikikomori and struggle to catch up with classes in regular prep schools.  At Kizuki, the instructors have experiences in overcoming similar problems and passed admission test of top level universities.  Sharing the students’ difficulties, Kizuki’s one-on-one classes enable their studying from scratch and it lead to passing admission tests.

Some students cannot keep up with the program after being admitted to universities and professional schools.  Kizuki's another role is to prevent them from dropouts by affiliating with major prep schools and provides support programs for those at-risk students.

Representative: Yusuke Yasuda  (Years invested: 2012-) 

Kizuki

Kizuki


Uni-sia

Offering programs to learn how to prepare meals which are easy and safe to swallow for the elderly

Uni-sia’s mission is to improve the environment for the elderly nursing care so that everyone can enjoy their meals, even if they have swallowing problems caused by stroke or certain diseases.

Japan’s public nursing care system has been shifting to encouraging at-home care rather than increasing the nursing facilities for the elderly mainly due to growing cost of aging. Because the public support doesn’t cover enough services needed for the family of the elderly, they can suffer from physical and mental strain. It could force them quit their jobs and lead to abuses towards the elderly in the worst case.

Preparing a daily diet for the elderly at home requires a lot of efforts especially when the elderly have swallowing disorder and can’t eat ordinary food. Uni-sia offers those families a practical program to learn how to prepare meals that are easy and safe to swallow, taking into consideration one’s conditions. Cooperating with other professionals in nursing care, Uni-sia aims to build up a home-care system that families can care for their elderly with peace of mind.

Representative: Yuriko Ikeda  (Years invested: 2012-) 

Uni-sia

Uni-sia


Niwatori Association

Preventing children who have infinite possibility from "Double Limited" situation

We are devoted to resolve “Double Limited”. “Double Limited” means a condition of children who cannot acquire both mother tongue and the local language enough to follow school curriculum. This causes them a disadvantage, because the children do not master basic language and cannot follow classes in the school, eventually dropping out of the educational system. This leads to a social problem in Japan. We believe this scenario has application worldwide.

We are inventing tools specialized to help children learn languages. The tools not only make these children study languages effectively, but also help inexperienced teachers teach these children without burden. 

Our first goal is to spread the tools to school classrooms for 100,000 foreign children studying in Japan.

Representative: Noriko Niwa  (Years invested: 2012-) 

Niwatori Association

Niwatori Association


Arrow Arrow

Providing various lifestyle options to society, especially the choice of both working and raising children to women in Japan

It is still difficult for women in Japan to balance work and child-rearing mainly due to traditional culture.  ArrowArrow tackles with this social issue by providing career/ mentoring support to those women who want to keep working regardless of marriage, childbirth, and child-rearing as well as consulting support to companies so that a better working environment will be provided to such women.  One day in the past, Yukari Horie, the representative, was shocked by her female friend’s word “I got a job offer, but gave it up because the company seems unlikely to allow women to keep working after marriage”, which put Yukari’s ‘soul on fire’ and triggered establishment of ArrowArrow.  Yukari would like to realize the society where people can choose lifestyle options as they like regardless of external factors, which must contribute to revitalizing the society.

Representative: Yukari Horie  (Years invested: 2012-) 

Arrow Arrow

Arrow Arrow


U2 Plus

A Depression recovery support site by internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT) along with SNS approach

It is estimated that there are over one million people suffering from depression and 
there are 4 million who haven't seen a doctor in Japan. There are many causes of depression, but these people are naturally earnest and good-hearted. This situation is a very great loss for Japanese society. On the other hand, as it stands now, the method of treatment is primarily short-term medication.

At U2plus, we provide Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) at low cost. We assist people seeking quick recovery from depression and help them achieve healthy, satisfying lives. We would like to expand quickly with support from SVP Tokyo, and we would like to make a difference in the treatment of depression in Japan.

We think. A society and a work environment which is gratifying for depressed people is gratifying for other people too. Please support our efforts.

Representative: Yasuhiro Toudou  (Years invested: 2012-2013) 

U2 Plus

U2 Plus


CROSS FIELDS

Providing opportunities for people to work on various social issues crossing the fields of Nonprofit, Private and Public Sector institutions

 CROSS FIELDS is a newly-established not-for-profit organization which provides people with opportunities to work at different kinds of fields beyond the bounds of Nonprofit, Private, Public Sector, and even the national borders. Our main service, Overseas Transfer Program, which is set up mainly for those who work in the Private sector, provides them opportunities to work at Nonprofit bodies in newly emerging countries. The duration is from a month to a year, and the project will be assigned according to his or her current work experience and expertise. This program can benefit both of the sectors: Private sector will get human resources trained to be able to exert global leadership and build up networks to enhance its business scale, whilst Nonprofit sector will have adaptable fighting potential. We believe our mission will help generate ambitious manpower who are flexible and innovative enough to tackle various and complex social issues in today’s globalized world.

Representative: Daichi Konuma  (Years invested: 2011-2013) 

CROSS FIELDS

CROSS FIELDS


Hattatsu Wanpaku Kai

Early detection and early intervention with the pre-school children

 It is well known that many world-famous geniuses such as Einstein and Newton were considerably developmentally-disabled. In Japan in these days, the increasing number of stay-at-home and depressed people, who fail to adjust themselves to schools and workplaces, is becoming controversial.  It is considered that the intellectual disabilities area part of the causes.We provide programs of early detection and early intervention with the pre-school children as well as the support for mothers of children with development disabilities.What makes our program stand out from others is our unique team members consisted of wide range of specialists including a clinical psychologist, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, a music therapist and a local artist. We take into account not only the children's programs but also mothers’ support and education programs. Our mission is to support children with development disabilities holistically so that their lives become happier and easier, and to improve the overall social environment for them and their families.

 

Representative : Tomohiro Oda (Years invested: 2011-2013)

http://www.wanpaku.org/


Hattatsu Wanpaku Kai

Hattatsu Wanpaku Kai


Kizuna Mail Project

Kizuna mail informs expectant mothers and fathers of the stage of their babies’ growth

Human bonding is called "Kizuna" in Japanese. NPO Kizuna Mail Project aims at strengthening ties among pre-born child, expectant mothers and fathers, and preventing mothers from postpartum depression and child abuse, which are emerging as a social problem in Japan.  From the day after expectant mothers and fathers register themselves to Kizuna mail, they will receive daily Kizuna mail on their mobile phones, which informs them of the stage of their babies’ growth as well as advises on their maternity life practices.Subscribing Kizuna mail deepens the bond among babies, mothers and fathers, and propels them to raise their families in a positive manner. Kizuna mail is a social innovation which utilizes Information Technology of mobile phone text-messaging to communicate such unique contents as growing pre-born babies' stages.


Representative: Yukio Oshima (Years invested: 2011-2013)

http://www.kizunamail.com/


Kizuna Mail Project

Kizuna Mail Project


Blastbeat Japan

Where music and social entrepreneurs are born

Blastbeat, originally founded in Ireland in 2003, is a fun & exciting, new Teen Music & Multimedia Business project offered mainly to high schools to teach entrepreneurial business skills, promote young musicians, and support youth communities on a local and global level. Blastbeat Japan intends to expand this unique social-education program all over Japan, to foster Japanese youth?s zest for living, curiosity, and self-esteem.Teenagers organize themselves into Music &Multimedia Companies (MMCs), with each member of the company taking on a different job description such as CEO, Sales & Marketing Manager, Talent scout, Web Manager, Video Crew,Photographer, Journalist etc producing a live music concert and donating at least 25% of the profit to an NPO that they research and select by themselves. The program offers students an opportunity to have successful experiences, and sometimes unsuccessful ones, too. Not only students,but also adults participate in the program as mentors/facilitators to assist students and they themselves learn a lot throughout the program.The ultimate goal of Blastbeat is to produce “persons of challenge”, those who can change the world for the better by changingthemselves.


Representative:  Takamasa Matsuura (Years invested: 2010-2012)

http://blastbeat.jp/


Blastbeat Japan

Blastbeat Japan


Carepro, Inc.

Challenge of one coin health checkup for the prevention of lifestyle diseases and reduction of healthcare costs

Given that lifestyle diseases represent approximately 30% of total medical expenses and 70% of death causes in Japan, preventive healthcare is one of our biggest national challenges today.Approximately 40% of Japanese people, especially housewives, job-hoppers, and the self-employed do not receive regular medical checkups primarily because it is “bothersome and expensive” or “they have no opportunity”.Faced with such social issues, Carepro launched “One-coin Physical Checkup” to test blood-sugar, cholesterol and neutral fat for just 500 yen. People can have checkups without reservations or insurance cards and know the results in a timely manner so as to avoid discouraging them from taking the checkups.The company has provided checkup services mainly in places where people who traditionally do not take health checkups live. The first shop was opened two years ago in "Nakano Broadway", a popular shopping area in Tokyo, and more than 40,000 people have received these health checkups since then. As an innovative service that could contribute to the prevention of lifestyle diseases and reduction of healthcare costs, Carepro has received attention from the corporate, healthcareand public sectors as well as the media.

 

Representative: Takashi Kawazoe  (Years invested: 2010-2012)

 http://carepro.co.jp/


Carepro, Inc.

Carepro, Inc.


Collective Housing Corporation

Promoting a “collective housing” life-style, whereby residents share communal area and functions with the others and enjoy the enriched human relationships, while living in their own private space.

Collective housing” is free from pre-conceived ideas of family, well-being and housing. It aims to establish a new way of interpersonal engagement and facilitate a secure and pleasant lifestyle with more freedom and fun. In addition to each resident having their own personal living space, a common area and facilities areshared where residents proactively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods and work together to create a materially and spiritually rich and comfortable residential environment. Collective Housing Corp. has produced five projects since 2001 when it became a registered non-profit organization. We believe that the “collective housing” life-style will have a significant impact on our modern society, which has seen a sharp decline in birthrate, an aging society and diversified family forms and living styles We would like to shake up today?s living environment where individuals or families are isolated and communal spirit is dysfunctional by promoting a life-style of “collective housing” .

 

Representative: Tomoaki Kageyama  (Years invested: 2010-2012)

http://www.chc.or.jp


Collective Housing Corporation

Collective Housing Corporation


Japan Association for Refugees

Microfinance program to support refugee entrepreneurs

Despite the fact that the Japanese government ratified the Refugee Convention and Protocol in 1981, the overall  environment surrounding refugees and asylum-seekers requires much more improvement. While Indo-Chinese refugees in 1980’s were provided full social services  i.e. accommodation, education, health and vocational training, there are hardly any such services available to those who make an asylum claim and go through the Refugee Recognition Procedures. Against this, the issue of refugees and asylum-seekers has not received considerable publicity in either the public administration or civil society. Under the above circumstances, Japan Association for Refugees (JAR) was established in 1999. In 2010, Japan Association for Refugees (JAR) decided to launch a microfinance program to support refugee entrepreneurs starting a business in Japan. Through this project, we not only hope to promote a more stable and independent lifestyle for the refugees but also to change the perception within the Japanese society so that refugees will not be recognized as a burden but as valuable assets to society. Moreover, by promoting refugee  entrepreneurship, the refugees will be integrated into society as well as boost domestic  entrepreneurship.

 

Representative:  Yoshiyuki Nakamura (Years invested: 2010-2012)

http://www.refugee.or.jp/en/


Japan Association for Refugees

Japan Association for Refugees


Kopernik

Connect breakthrough technologies with the people who need them the most

Kopernik is an on-line marketplace of innovative, life-changing technologies designed for the developing world. Kopernikconnects life-changing technologies with those in need. Through an on-line platform, Kopernik allows the most progressive technologies to reach poor people in developing countries. The goal is to accelerate development through “leapfrogging” or skipping inferior, less-efficient technologies and practices and moving directly to more advanced ones. Kopernik show-cases innovative products (such as solar powered products and water purification devices) and thereby provides a menu of options accessible to local organizations in developing countries. The organizations then develop short proposals explaining how they can utilize the products to overcome development challenges and impediments to growth. The public in turn funds the most promising proposals in order to make them a reality.

 

Representative : Toshi Nakamura  (Graduated invested: 2010-2011)

Kopernik

Kopernik


Gaia Initiative

Bringing “Light” to people without access to electricity

Gaia Initiative’s solar lantern project aims to bring “light” to people without access to electricity. Solar panels are installed at the center of the village to charge 50 lanterns during the day. These solar lanterns are used in households, schools, shops, hotels, and other places in the village. Gaia Initiative started the project in India in 2008 in collaboration with TERI, an energy and research institute in India, and hope to expand the project world-wide in the long-term. The vision is to create what Gaia Initiative calls “Gaia Village”, a sustainable community in the 21st century. The lantern project is the first step. Gaia Village facilitates collaborations among NPOs, companies, schools and governments in Japan, India and other countries, to

apply cutting-edge technologies that will bring sustainable infrastructure and lifestyle to the villages. In addition, Gaia Initiative also recognizes the importance of education and community pride. To increase awareness, they also design and conduct their own study tours to observe and learn from the field projects.

 

Representative : Tomoyo Nonaka (Graduated Investees: 2009)

http://www.gaiainitiative.org/en/about_gaia.html


Gaia Initiative

Gaia Initiative


NPO Katariba

Offering career education in high schools to create society where everyone can live with hope

In today’s Japan, the young generation is facing various problems. They may lose willingness to study, be distressed about educational gap caused by the difference in income, or be unable to persevere at work. To bring a drastic solution to these issues, NPO Katariba mobilizes more than 3,800 university student volunteers and organizes workshops at high schools. The workshops called “KATARIBA” (a place to talk) aim to encourage involvement insociety and career development of high school students. In each workshop, 20 to 60 volunteers provide the students with career education program, which motivates them to articulate and actively pursue their mission or dream of life.


Representative : Kumi Imamura (Years invested: 2009-2010)

http://katariba.or.jp/english/


NPO Katariba

NPO Katariba


Plusligion Company Limited

Challenging to change “Disability” to “Creativity”

Many of more than seven million handicapped persons in Japan(as of 2006) have difficulties in actively participating in society. Plusligion's mission is to create a handicap-free environment. The company’s organic seasoning product, “Onion Carameliz” (calamelized onion), is produced by developmental handicapped persons. By improving their workingenvironment, making the most of their unique characteristics, and collaborating with many people including suppliers of organic vegetables and food retailers,Plusligion brings innovative solutions to society.Plusligion, the company's name, derives from a belief that social issues should be solved by adding ("plus") the Latin concept of "ligion"(connection or unity) to the principles of our activity.

 

Representative : Yumiko Fukui (Years invensted: 2009-2010)

http://www.plusligion.com/ 


Plusligion Company Limited

Plusligion Company Limited


Ejnet

Providing Hospital Rating to Improve Working Conditions for Female Doctors

A shortage of doctors is a major issue in the Japanese society in part due to the poor working conditions of hospitals. In particular, female doctors have little choice but to retire when they become mothers due to the lack of sufficient support from their employers. This represents a serious problem as the number of female doctors is increasing. Ejnet’s goal is to encourage hospitals to improve their conditions for both female doctors and employees, through our evaluation and certification of what constitutes a quality working environment. Their ultimate goal is to create a worry-free society for citizens who need the help of medical treatment.

 

Representative : Toshiko Takino (Graduated Investees: 2008-2009)

http://ejnet.jp/index.html


Ejnet

Ejnet


Miyaji Pig Farm Co., Ltd.

Making Japanese Primary Sector “Cool, Touching and Lucrative”

The decline in the agricultural population is a major problem facing the Japanese society. Yusuke Miyaji, the president of Miyaji Pig Farm Co., Ltd. has started a project that aims to tackle this problem by encouraging the sons and daughters of farmers to help their parents. Based on Miyaji’s experience as a former Tokyo office worker as well as a second-generation pig farmer, Miyaji Pig Farm aims to build a social network of people who have interest in agriculture, including farmers' sons and daughters, young farmers, and aware consumers. The ultimate goal of Miyaji Pig Farm is to change the structure of the Japanese agriculture and bring people “back to the fields”.

 

Representative : Yusuke Miyaji (Graduated Investees: 2008-2009)

http://www.miyajibuta.com/


Miyaji Pig Farm Co., Ltd.

Miyaji Pig Farm Co., Ltd.


World Campus International

Making Japanese Communities a "Campus" where Young People from All Over the World Gather

In World Campus International, some 30 international youth travel to Japanese communities for up to two month to participate in various activities. The activities are specially arranged by the local community members to highlight the charms and characteristics of their community. With more and more Japanese communities depressed financially and socially, local citizens are rediscovering their values and pride through their work with WCI and the international youth. Furthermore, citizens develop more self-reliance and an independent spirit. At the same time, WCI tours enable international to enjoy countless cultural experiences. Upon returning to their home countries, the youth become genuinely mature individuals who can better understand and cherish diversity. Through these efforts, WCI is aiming to nurture "Global Citizenship" for both international participants and local Japanesecommunities.

 

Representative : Hiro Nishimura (Graduated Investees: 2008-2009)

http://worldcampus.net/


World Campus International

World Campus International


Bi-lingual Bi-Cultural Education Center For Deaf Children

Deaf Education by Japanese Sign Language for Deaf Children

Deaf Education by Japanese Sign Language for Deaf Children

 

Japanese public Deaf education does not allow sign language as a medium of communication in the classroom even in Deaf schools. The present method of emphasizing on teaching lipreading and speech has been criticized for its inefficiency. Deaf education by sign language, on the contrary, has been proved effective in the many other parts of the world.BBED has been running educational program for Deaf children which uses sign language as a primary language. Meisei Gakuen, the first registered Deafschool using Sign language as its medium was opened in 2008 by BBED.

 

Representative : Masami Tamada (Graduated Investees: 2007-2008)

http://www.bbed.org/


Bi-lingual Bi-Cultural Education Center For Deaf Children

Bi-lingual Bi-Cultural Education Center For Deaf Children


Madre Bonita Project

Providing Workshops on Self-Care Program for Postpartum Mothers

Postpartum are is a blind spot in the Japanese healthcare system. National healthcare provides a program for antepartum mothers and infants after birth, however, there are no such program for postpartum mothers to support their physical and mental health. Madre Bonita,“Beautiful Mother” in Spanish, was started by Ms. Mako Yoshioka with her own experience of childbirth and knowledge on Exercise and Sports Physiology.

 

Representative : Mako Yoshioka (Graduated Investees: 2007-2008)

http://www.madrebonita.com/ 


Madre Bonita Project

Madre Bonita Project


Florence

Nursery Service for Sick Infants

For a typical young nuclear family in the greater Tokyo area, finding a nursery for young children is the most challenging part of their life, especially if both of the parents have full-time job. In addition, Japanese nurseries usually do not accept sick children, often creating difficulties for Japanese working women. Florence provide those parents whose child is ill with a day nursery service in cooperation with local clinic. Florence aims to create a society where everyone can archive work-life balance and self-realization.

 

Representative : Hiroki Komazaki (Graduated Investees: 2005-2006)

http://www.florence.or.jp/english/


Florence

Florence


Multi Cultural Center Tokyo

Supporting New Immigrants’ Children in Japan

Tokyo is an international metropolis with more than 300,000 foreign residents and increasing number of new immigrants. However, local government tends to be unable to provide consistent and effective service to fill the needs of foreign residents. Seeing such needs at the site of the Hanshin Earthquake, Multi Cultural Center Tokyo launched its programs. MCCT supports non-Japanese families in Tokyo, especially in secondary education and Japanese language of their children.

 

Representative : Huijing Wang (Graduated Investees: 2005-2006)

http://tabunka.or.jp/en/

Multi Cultural Center Tokyo

Multi Cultural Center Tokyo