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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fujitsu will continue to conduct these and other activities in its efforts to familiarize children with computers.
Awards We Have Received
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.
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 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.
Since 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.
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