The Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation originated from a nonprofit educational institution founded by Fujitsu with the goal of providing graduate level education. JAIMS was originally founded in 1972 in Hawaii, a place where Eastern and Western cultures meld with one another. The purpose of JAIMS was to foster mutual understanding between Japan and the US and cultivate human resources. Since its founding, JAIMS had more than 23,000 graduates from 55 different countries and received the Foreign Minister's Commendation in 2006. It had become highly regarded for its efforts to promote international exchange.
To strengthen ties with 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 to the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation and embarked on a new stage of activity. Under a unique structure, with multiple virtual campuses forming a network, the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation works with the Hawaii campus (JAIMS) and its Asian partners to fulfill its mission of contributing to form a new community through human resources development and knowledge co-creation in the Asia-Pacific region, and by promoting knowledge collaboration that is flexible and multi-dimensional.
One of the main programs offered by the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation is Global Leaders for Innovation and Knowledge, 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 armed with a global perspective and local knowledge, so that they can create a virtuous future of their own accord." The participants study for 3.5 months in the Asia-Pacific region (Japan, Hawaii, Thailand, and Singapore) to nurture leadership capabilities, gain insights on how to capture the essence of situations at hand, exercise good judgment, and take action within a changing context. 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.
Fujitsu has contributed working capital and has an organization within the company that has been supporting Fujitsu-JAIMS' activities. In addition to comprehensive support of the Foundation, Fujitsu has been coordinating with Fujitsu-JAIMS by incorporating its own practical wisdom, ICT, and expertise into the Foundation"s activities. Fujitsu has thus been pushing forward with its social contribution activities, furthering promotion of academic and educational fields as well as international exchange.
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. 468 people have received scholarships as of April 1, 2014. Although this program was started to provide scholarships for studying Japanese-style business management, it now provides opportunities to participate in the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation's program for business people in 18 countries and areas in the Asia-Pacific region.
Every year, Fujitsu receives many applications for its 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, Fujitsu is working 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.
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.
Meanwhile, 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.
Through special corporate sponsorship, Fujitsu supports ProCon, the Japan technical college programming contest. We have instituted a Fujitsu Special Prize that provides Fujitsu PCs to one winning team.
The recipients are also invited to visit the Kawasaki plant where they have a chance to engage in discussions with employees in our Technology Unit as we continue our work to support the development of young ICT technicians.
As Japanese society remains concerned about children's lack of interest in math and science, the Fujitsu Group has been carrying out the Fujitsu Kids Project since 2007, 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.
In addition, we hold the Fujitsu Kids Event every summer at our Kawasaki Plant in cooperation with the Japanese Committee for the Olympiad in Informatics. The sixth such event, held in FY 2013, 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 first-generation computers worked and listen to stories from supercomputer engineers. Finally, the children expressed how they see tomorrow through pictures and words.
Fujitsu is a special sponsor of the Japan Science & Engineering Challenge (JSEC), a research competition open to 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 every May in the United States. Some 1,500 students from more than 50 countries take part in the fair. The 212 research projects submitted at the 11th tournament, held in school year 2013, 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. 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 2013, five performances were staged around the country by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Jiří Bělohlávek, a conductor lauded as the jewel of Czech Republic.
Fujitsu is a special sponsor of concerts performed by the NHK Symphony Orchestra, centered on Beethoven's Symphony No.9. This concert has become an annual tradition that is held at the end of the year at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. For FY 2013, conductor Edo de Waart led a performance on December 26, 2013.
Since 1993, Fujitsu has been sponsoring the Fujitsu Cup Japanese Chess (shogi) Masters Tournament, for players 40 years old 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 21st tournament saw matches played from June to September, 2013, with Koji Tanigawa (9th Dan) taking the Cup to prevent Yoshiharu Habu from winning a third straight victory.
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