Other Community Engagement Programs
Fuji Xerox Kobayashi Fund
Purpose and Program Description
In December 1977, as a memorial commemorating the achievements of the late Setsutaro Kobayashi, the first president of Fuji Xerox, the Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund was established as an in-company endowment with the purpose of contributing to the promotion of mutual understanding and goodwill between Japan and countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific through academic exchanges. Academic research grants are given to doctoral program students in the fields of the humanities and social sciences that fulfill the above-mentioned purposes.Later, on April 2016, this fund was renamed the Fuji Xerox Kobayashi Fund to also commemorate the achievements of the late third president of Fuji Xerox, Yotaro Kobayashi, who launched and promoted the fund, which still continues to this day, for more than 30 years.
Activities in Fiscal 2017: "The Kobayashi Fund Report 2017"
The Kobayashi Fund publishes an annual report. In fiscal 2017, the Fund continued to offer grants to young international researchers studying in Japan and young Japanese researchers whose research themes cover Asia-Pacific countries and region through the "Research Grant Program for Foreign Doctoral Candidates in Japan" and the "Kobayashi Fellowship Program" respectively.
The annual report for fiscal 2017 includes an interview with Professor Yoshiaki Ishizawa of Sophia University, who has been involved for many years in the excavation, research, preservation, and restoration of the group of ruins at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, for which he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2017, and National Museum of Ethnology Emeritus Professor Katsumi Tamura, a cultural anthropologist who has been studying Myanmar for many years. In this interview, titled “Connecting people and creating new value,” the two professors talked about the appealing features of Asia, as well as about promoting mutual understanding and personnel development, among other subjects.
Research Grant Program for Foreign Doctoral Candidates in Japan
The "Research Grant Program for Foreign Doctoral Candidates in Japan" which began in 1984 is a research grant program for young foreign researchers who have come to Japan from the Asia-Pacific countries/region and study humanities or social sciences as doctoral candidates at Japanese graduate schools. In fiscal 2017, 32 exchange students from 9 countries and regions received the grant.
Over the course of 33 years, a total of 1,200grants, or approximately 980 million yen in value, have been given to students from 22 countries and regions.
Kobayashi Fellowship Program
Established in 1996, the Kobayashi Fellowship Program provides financial aid to young Japanese researchers enrolled in doctoral programs for humanities or social sciences, and whose research themes cover Asia-Pacific countries and regions. In fiscal 201７, 8 researchers received grants. Over a period of 22 years, 205 grants have been given, for a total of more than 200 million yen.
Building an Alumni Network for Past Recipients
Fuji Xerox is also building an alumni network for past grant recipients. So far, social gatherings have been held in Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul.
In fiscal 2017, a research presentation and special lecture were held in February 2018 for new doctoral degree recipients. A networking event was also held for fiscal 2017 grant recipients, former grant recipients, instructors, members of the review board, and Fuji Xerox executives and employees who are members of the committee operating this foundation. We are also exchanging information through Facebook.
Findings from the researches are published as research papers (Japanese only), and Fuji Xerox actively responds to requests for contributions from research institutions both within and outside of Japan.
Offering Large-print Textbooks to Students with Low Vision
About 300,000 people in Japan are estimated to be visually impaired, 60 to 70 percent of whom are considered to have low vision. For students with low vision, who find it difficult to read the text and pictures in regular textbooks, many textbook publishers offer large-print textbooks. However, the levels and ways of seeing are very different from student to student and some students have difficulty in reading such standard large-print textbooks. To meet the unmet needs, volunteer organizations create textbooks individually tailored to meet each student's specific needs.
Fuji Xerox supports their activities by allowing those volunteer textbook creators and students with low vision and their parents to use color multifunction devices in our sales and services offices and sales companies across Japan free of charge.
This support project started in 1989 in a limited number of our business sites in Kanagawa. In 1994, the project expanded to cover our sales and services offices across Japan, making this initiative widely known by volunteer organizations as well as students with low vision and their parents and teachers. We will continue to support the publication of large-print school textbooks in and outside Japan aiming to expand education opportunities for students with low vision.
Special Olympics (Sports Festival for People with Intellectual Disabilities)
In Japan, "Special Olympics Nippon," which was established in 1994, holds world or national competitions, which is for people with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics Nippon (The Japanese unit) is in charge of sending Japan's team to international games, organizing national competitions, supporting athletes' everyday training, and so on. The local activities of the organization are supported by more than 10,000 volunteers from across the country.
Fuji Xerox began giving support from 1995, the year after the Special Olympics Nippon was established. We are currently continuing to conduct activities in accordance with the needs of each local area of Japan.
Fuji Xerox activities
Fuji Xerox agrees with the mission of the Special Olympics and provides its corporate support. In addition, the company encourages its employees to support the Special Olympics through activities available across Japan as follows:
- Support for the World Games and National Games in Japan
In each region, Fuji Xerox provides support through donations, sponsorship (e.g., renting equipment), provision of practice grounds and meeting rooms, and production of pamphlets and provision of copy services.
- Voluntary support through everyday training and cultural programs
Each district (prefecture) organization of the Special Olympics organizes daily athletic training and cultural programs. Fuji Xerox employees across Japan support these activities by signing up as volunteers and participating daily as coaches, judges, and competition staff.
Fuji Xerox Print Collection: Collecting and Exhibiting Prints and Other Contemporary Artworks
In 1988, Fuji Xerox began collecting artworks, mainly print works having deep ties to its "xerography" printing and copying technology, which provides the foundation for the company's businesses. Today, more than 25 years after the launch, the collection comprises over 950 works by more than 200 Japanese and overseas artists.
Exhibitions in Fuji Xerox Art Space in Minato Mirai, Yokohama
In Fuji Xerox Art Space located within Fuji Xerox R&D Square in Minato Mirai, Yokohama, exhibitions are regularly held to introduce the Fuji Xerox Print Collection, which is owned by Fuji Xerox as part of its social contribution and cultural activities, and other works.
- Exhibitions are held two or three times a year.
- Works to be displayed are selected based on the specific theme set for each exhibition.
- Talk events and lectures are held depending on the exhibition theme.
All Japan High School Soccer: Supporting the Competition Even Before the Word "(Soccer) Supporter" Became a Japanese Word
The All Japan High School Soccer Tournament is a competition that all high school soccer players dream of participating in. It is also known for producing a great number of outstanding players. This tournament, which started in 1917, is sponsored by the Japan Football Association, the All Japan High School Athletic Federation, and 43 commercial broadcasting companies. It determines which of Japan’s approximately 4,000 high schools has the best soccer team. As such, it attracts interest not only from soccer fans but a broad range of people from all walks of life.
Fuji Xerox has been supporting this annual tournament since 1970, when soccer was not yet a popular sport in Japan, and more than 20 years before the establishment of the J.League (Japan Professional Soccer League, launched in 1991) and the birth of the Japanese word "supporter."
Currently, Fuji Xerox and six other corporate sponsors take turns each year to serve as the "managing company," which hands out trophies at prefectural qualifier finals and participates in related events. The sponsors also conduct activities to enhance the value of these soccer events, in which the players consistently make their very best efforts in a spirit of fair play.
We will continue to support this soccer event, through which we will support high school students who are practicing hard to join and win this competition and ultimately contribute to the healthy development of young people, in other words, future leaders.