Foundations Supported by Mitsubishi Group
Mitsubishi group supports the following foundations based on the group philosophy that business activities should be carried out in a manner that contributes to society, as stated in the Three Principles.
Japan's First Library Devoted to Asian Studies
Toyo Bunko is located along Shinobazu-dori, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. In 1917, Hisaya Iwasaki, the third president of Mitsubishi, purchased the private library of George Ernest Morrison, an advisor to the Office of the Chinese Government. Hisaya improved this collection of European language materials by increasing the number of classical Chinese and Japanese books, collecting and selecting sources from all over Asia. In 1924, he founded the center as Japan's first library devoted exclusively to Asian Studies.
Toyo Bunko currently houses around 1,000,000 books and materials, including 5 National Treasures and 7 Important Cultural Properties. Toyo Bunko is an important center for Asian studies in Japan and globally. A museum has been established to exhibit these valuable works and promote Asian studies. Using the latest digital technologies and architecturally-designed spaces, it displays a long-hidden collection of rare books and pictures.
2-28-21 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0021, Japan
Promoting Economic Research and Studying Historical Documents Relating to Mitsubishi
The Mitsubishi Economic Research Institute
The Mitsubishi Economic Research Institute (MERI) stands adjacent to the old Iwasaki Family Mansion. It began as an economic research department of the old Mitsubishi organization in 1922 and became an independent foundation in 1932. It conducts research and analysis on the current and future economic trends in Japan and overseas. Achievements are published in "MERI'S MONTHLY CIRCULAR." To hand down the history of Mitsubishi to posterity, MERI established the Mitsubishi Archives in 1996. Documents dating back to the beginnings of Mitsubishi, gathered from the individual Mitsubishi companies, are sorted out and safe-kept here. The Archives provides various reference services, promotes research on the history of Mitsubishi and the Japanese industrial development, and publishes the annual "MITSUBISHI ARCHIVES REVIEW." An exhibition hall introducing the history of Mitsubishi is open to the public free of charge.
4-10-14 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0034, Japan
Towards the Future with History and Tradition of Promoting Sports
Mitsubishi Yowakai Foundation
The Mitsubishi Yowakai Foundation was established in 1940 by Koyata Iwasaki, the fourth president. Its roots go back to 1914, when the "Mitsubishi Club" was organized, aiming to nurture discipline, enhance physical fitness, and promote communication among the company employees. Today, the Foundation mainly runs the Sugamo Sports Center, constructed to commemorate the Mitsubishi centennial, and the Chofu Ground, both in Tokyo.
People of various ages participate in the Mitsubishi Yowa Sports School activities, and in the four categories of swimming, gymnastics, soccer and tennis, it holds programs to train top junior athletes.
Offering one of the best sport facilities in Tokyo, it also provides opportunities to raise competitiveness through various sports competitions and lecture classes for soccer coaches.
2-8-1 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0002, Japan
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Treasure House of East Asian Culture
The Seikado Foundation
The Seikado Foundation consists of the Seikado Bunko Library and the Seikado Bunko Art Museum, the library containing 200,000 books (in classical Japanese and Chinese), and the art museum housing 6,500 works of oriental art. It was founded by Yanosuke Iwasaki, the second president of Mitsubishi, and expanded by his son, Koyata Iwasaki, the forth president. Seikado is recognized as a major treasure house of East Asian culture, possessing 7 National Treasures and 83 Important Cultural Properties among its collection.
This collection spans a broad range of media and periods, from swords and tea ceremony utensils, to Japanese and Chinese painting, calligraphy, ceramics, lacquer, scholars' equipment and sculptures.
The library is open to scholars by appointment, and the museum holds exhibitions several times a year. Please visit Seikado to enjoy precious cultural heritage offered by the museum and walking in the woods and the garden.
2-23-1 Okamoto, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0076, Japan
Contribution to Academic Study, Research and Social Welfare Activities for the Future
The Mitsubishi Foundation
The Mitsubishi Foundation (MF) was established in 1969, on the 100th anniversary of the Mitsubishi Group's establishment.
MF started grant making activities in 1970 and since then it has provided 17.5 billion yen to some 4,000 recipients for almost 50 years. MF has three programs which give grants to;
i) scientific study and research in the field of natural science, ii) study and research in the humanities, covering history, culture, arts and education in both human and social science, and iii) programs seeking to resolve current social welfare issues. MF believes these three programs will make great contributions toward realizing a better society.
Considerable numbers of past recipients have had very successful careers after receiving MF grants. For example five Japanese scientists and former grant recipients have been awarded the Nobel Prize. Dr. Tasuku Honjo, the most recent of them was awarded the Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2018.
Limitations: Applications from non-Japanese overseas are not accepted because MF has no programs for non-Japanese overseas; inquires for scholarships are not acceptable, because MF has no programs for scholarships at present.
2-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan
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