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Promoting Learning & Education, and Cultural and Sponsorship Activities

Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation


JAIMS students JAIMS students

The Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation originated from JAIMS, a nonprofit educational institution founded by Fujitsu in 1972. With the goal of fostering mutual understanding between Japan and the US and cultivating human resources in the Asia-Pacific region, the campus was established in Hawaii, where Eastern and Western cultures meld with one another. JAIMS has more than 23,000 graduates from 55 different countries and received the Foreign Minister's Commendation in 2006. It has become highly regarded for its efforts to promote international exchange.

To expand these efforts into Asia, which has come to play an important role in global business in recent years, the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation was established in Japan in July 2012.
In April 2013, JAIMS moved its headquarters functions from Hawaii to the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation. With a mission to contribute to the development of the human resources and the formation of a community through knowledge co-creation in the Asia-Pacific region, the Foundation aims to develop business leaders capable of exercising their skills in the global business community.

One of the main programs offered by the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation is Global Leaders for Innovation and Knowledge (GLIK), an international management program developed based on the vision of Dr. Ikujiro Nonaka (Professor Emeritus of Hitotsubashi University), the global authority in knowledge creation theory. The goal of the program is to "nurture innovative leaders (leaders with practical wisdom) by arming them with a global perspective and local knowledge, giving them insights on how to capture the essence of situations at hand, exercise good judgment, and take action within the changing context." The participants study for 3.5 months in the Asia-Pacific region (Japan, Hawaii, Thailand, and Singapore) to nurture innovative leadership capabilities. They also round out their ability to work together with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, developing a global perspective and sensitivity to different cultures as they study with participants from Asia, and communicate with instructors who are preeminent authorities in their respective fields and with experts in each country. In addition, there are various other programs available, including a short-term business skill improvement course, where students study in Hawaii for a week.

Since the founding of JAIMS, Fujitsu has contributed working capital and set up an organization within the company to support JAIMS' activities alongside efforts such as advertising for the organization in Japan, offering advisory support for students studying abroad, and accepting foreign interns as part of its comprehensive support lineup. With the founding of the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation in Japan, Fujitsu unified itself with the foundation by incorporating its own practical wisdom, ICT, and expertise into JAIMS' activities. Fujitsu has thus been pushing forward with its social contribution activities, furthering promotion in academic and educational fields as well as international exchange.

Fujitsu Scholarship Program


Fujitsu Scholarship recipients Fujitsu Scholarship recipients

Fujitsu established the Fujitsu Scholarship Program in 1985 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its founding. The aim was to foster business leaders who, through their deep understanding of Japan's culture, society, and business methods will connect Japan with the rest of the world. 450 people have received scholarships as of April 1, 2013. Although this program was started to provide scholarships for studying Japanese-style business management, it now also provides opportunities to participate in the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation's GLIK program for business people in 18 countries and areas in the Asia-Pacific region.

Every year, we receive many applications for Fujitsu scholarships. Scholarship recipients are selected based on criteria that include English language skills, academic record, and work experience, as well as a desire to make a contribution to their home country. Through efforts that include joint-recruiting programs, we work with Fujitsu Group companies doing business in the Asia-Pacific region to provide scholarships to people considering helping their country or community, and contribute to society by providing education rooted in local communities worldwide, aimed at developing business leaders and promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding.

Support for Mathematical Olympiad and Olympiad in Informatics


23rd Japan Informatics Olympiad Award Ceremony 23rd Japan Informatics Olympiad Award Ceremony

Fujitsu supports the Mathematical Olympiad Foundation of Japan and the Japanese Committee for the International Olympiad in Informatics (the latter being a non-profit organization) to help discover and foster valuable human resources who will play leading roles in the future development of society. The Mathematical Olympiad Foundation of Japan was established in 1991 in order to discover gifted mathematicians for selection and entry as national representatives in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) and to further develop their skills. The foundation is also committed to helping improve and promote education in mathematics from an international perspective. Fujitsu provided the basic funds for the establishment of the Foundation along with two other companies and one individual. It provides additional support including offering supplementary prizes to the top performers at the Japan Junior Mathematical Olympiad (JJMO) and the Japan Mathematical Olympiad (MMO), the latter from which national representatives for the IMO are selected.

The Japanese Committee for the International Olympiad in Informatics was established in 2005 to train human resources in support of Japan's mathematics and information science sector. It provides support for participants of the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), a programming contest for junior and senior high school students.

As a supporting member, Fujitsu provides assistance in the committee's operation, and presents supplementary prizes to the top performers at the Japanese Olympiad in Informatics, from which national representatives for the IOI are selected.

Supporting a Programming Contest for Technical College Students


Tokyo National College of Technology students who won the Fujitsu Special Prize at the Technical College 23rd Programming Contest Tokyo National College of Technology students who won the Fujitsu Special Prize at the Technical College 23rd Programming Contest

The programming contest is a competition for technical college students from all over Japan. Drawing on the knowledge they have acquired in their studies, participants compete with one another using their resourcefulness and skills in information processing technology. Fujitsu has supported this contest as a special corporate sponsor since the 6th annual event in 1995. In 2009, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of this contest, Fujitsu established the Fujitsu Special Prize, and has been presenting personal computers to members of the winning team as an additional prize ever since.
Since the 21st contest, Fujitsu has invited the winning team to its Kawasaki Plant. In addition to presentations and demonstrations by the students, we arrange discussions with a variety of Fujitsu employees, including engineers from the technology division.

These visits are beneficial to both Fujitsu employees and the students. Our employees are impressed by the unrestrained and flexible ideas of the students, while visiting the facilities provides an excellent opportunity for the students to observe the cutting edge of software development and project management methods.

In FY 2012, this contest was held in Omuta City in Fukuoka Prefecture, and will be held in Asahikawa City in Hokkaido in FY 2013. The contest demonstrates Fujitsu's commitment to encouraging the growth of the young ICT technologists, who will in turn support future society.

Fujitsu Kids Project: shaping tomorrow with children

ICT for Everyone

Fujitsu Kids: Shaping Dreams into Realit

In 2007, at a time when Japanese society was becoming increasingly concerned about children's lack of interest in math and science, the Fujitsu Group launched the Fujitsu Kids Project, targeting 5th and 6th grade elementary school students. Based on the idea that one of a company's missions is to foster the next generation of human resources, the project seeks to convey to today's young people the joy of creating products and the wonder of technology.

To expand the project so that it covers the whole of Japan and reaches out into the future, the Group promotes the project primarily through its own website. This dedicated website, named "Fujitsu Kids: shaping tomorrow with children," is designed to make learning fun for children. Its wide variety of contents include answering questions such as "What is a supercomputer ?" as a means of communicating information on the latest technology and the joy of making things to children in a way that is easy to understand. Other website content that is linked to the school curriculum includes information on environmental conservation activities, universal design, and how a computer works.

Group photo from Fujitsu Kids Event 2012 Group photo from Fujitsu Kids Event 2012

In addition to providing information via the website, the Fujitsu Kids Project holds events where children take part in activities that give them firsthand experience of the joys of science and technology.
In the summer of 2012, we held the Fujitsu Kids Event 2012 at our Kawasaki Plant in cooperation with the Japanese Committee for the Olympiad in Informatics. The aim of the event was to stimulate interest in technology and to nurture participants' dreams for the future. The fifth such event, it was attended by around 100 children who were selected at random from a large pool of applicants. Participants enjoyed learning how a computer works through games and other fun activities.
The children also had a chance to see how computers of the past worked and listen to stories from supercomputer engineers. Finally, the children expressed how they see tomorrow through pictures and words.

At the CEATEC JAPAN event At the CEATEC JAPAN event

October 2012 also saw the hosting of a special event together with the Japanese Committee for the IOI at the Fujitsu booth at CEATEC JAPAN, held at Makuhari Messe. The nearly 100 participants, mostly elementary and middle school students, learned about how computers work through magic tricks. Many children gave their impressions of the event, saying things like "the magic tricks were cool," "the relationship between communications devices and numbers is interesting," and "it really taught me a lot about how computers and barcodes work."

Fujitsu will continue to conduct these and other activities in its efforts to familiarize children with computers.

Awards We Have Received

  • Good Design Award 2008
    With the aim of bringing content creation methods for children into wider use and expanding universal design for children, we have published the Fujitsu Kids Content Creation Handbook that encapsulates the expertise we acquired through creating the Fujitsu Kids Website. In December 2007 we put this handbook online on our "Fujitsu Kids: shaping tomorrow with children " website, and it is now used by many looking to create quality content.
  • "2007 Goo Environment Awards" in the Kids Division (sponsored by NTT Resonant Inc.)
  • Supreme Award in the Website Division of the "6th Consumer Education Materials Awards"
    (sponsored by the National Institute on Consumer Education)
    Awarded in recognition of initiatives that convey the fun of making things and the greatness of technology.
  • Grand Prize in the "Gadget, Animation & Technical Innovation Division" in the Second Corporate Website Grand Prix
    Awarded for the uniqueness of the characters and preparations for the "Yumekata Lab" as part of our "Fujitsu Kids: shaping tomorrow with children " website for children.

Cultural and Sponsorship Activities

Community Engagement

Japan Science & Engineering Challenge

Fujitsu is a special sponsor of the Japan Science & Engineering Challenge (JSEC), a research competition open to senior high school students and technical college students from throughout the country. As the competition aims to develop young people who contribute to the nation through science and technology, Fujitsu endorses it and provides its support as an ICT company.

The annual challenge, which is supported by the Cabinet Office and MEXT, is highly regarded among industry circles. The winner of the Japan Challenge takes part in the International Science and Engineering Fair, the biggest event of its kind in the world, held each May in the United States. Some 1,500 students from more than 50 countries take part in the fair. Among the 208 research projects submitted at the 10th tournament, held in school year 2012, 30 projects (from 12 individuals and 18 teams) made it to the final review in December 2012.

Japan Science & Engineering Challenge

Fujitsu Concert Series

Since 1987, Fujitsu has sponsored the annual Fujitsu Concert Series, which invites the world's top conductors and orchestras to perform in Japan. Together, these foreign musicians and stunning soloists captivate the hearts of the Japanese audience. The Fujitsu Concert Series is held in line with our policy of providing ongoing sponsorship for popular first-rate orchestras from overseas. In FY 2012, seven performances were staged around the country by the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, which is led by Valery Gergiev, one of the leading conductors of our time.

Fujitsu Concert Series

Fujitsu Presents Special Concert NHK Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

Fujitsu is a special sponsor of concerts performed by the NHK Symphony Orchestra, centered on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. This concert has become an annual tradition that is held at the end of the year in Tokyo's Suntory Hall. For FY 2012, conductor Roger Norrington led a performance on December 27, 2012.

Fujitsu Presents Special Concert NHK Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

The Fujitsu Cup Masters Tournament

The Fujitsu Cup Masters TournamentSince 1993, Fujitsu has been sponsoring the Fujitsu Cup Masters Tournament, a Japanese chess (shogi) tournament for players 40 years of age and over, and the only senior-level shogi competition of its kind. The players selected to play in the tournament include previous titleholders through to older players who still play competitive chess. They compete with one another in the knockout-style tournament to become champion. All matches are streamed live on the Internet. The championship match is held at the Asahi Yurakucho Hall, in front of an audience. The 20th iteration of the tournament saw matches played from April to September, 2012, with Yoshiharu Habu winning for the second year in a row.