Other Programs under Key Themes
Fuji Xerox Kobayashi Fund
Ties between Japan and other Asian countries have broadened and deepened in a wide range of areas, extending beyond economic issues to political, social, and cultural spheres. In 1977, we established the Fuji Xerox Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund, (which was renamed to Fuji Xerox Kobayashi Fund on April 1, 2016) aiming to contribute to the greater mutual understanding between the countries and territories of the Asia-Pacific region through academic exchanges. In accordance with this mission, the Fund provides financial assistance for doctoral candidates in the humanities and social studies.
A Broad Spectrum of Support for Future Generations
Joho-Juku (Information School): Learning the Fundamental Concepts of Information
Building upon its research findings on information and its meanings, the Corporate Research Group of Fuji Xerox started to offer its Joho-Juku (Information School) program in 2001. The program aims to provide intellectual stimulus to young people, helping them understand what information is and how it can be used, how an information society works, and other fundamental concepts in a specific and practical manner.
The program is for students in the first and second grades of junior high school. Each session is offered as a short-term seminar for a group of around 20 students. Listening to a lecture on "What is information?" creating a website, playing a game of corporate management, storytelling, making an off-the-cuff presentation using charts and graphs, and learning about idea creation and patents, and many other tasks and activities, participants can think and learn about information in a specific and practical manner. Each course is taught by our internal specialists in the relevant areas (external ones in some areas).
The program is well-received by participating students, many of whom told us the program was really fun despite some parts being challenging. It is also attracting keen interest from school teachers mainly because it teaches much more than how to use computers. In recent years, many "alumni" of this program started to join the program as support staff. Indeed, all the support staff, including those alumni and other university students, are volunteers.
Offering Large-print Textbooks to Students with Low Vision
Through supporting the publication of large-print school textbooks in and outside Japan, we will contribute to expanding education opportunities for students with low vision.
Project Background and Specific Activities
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 largeprint 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 that are 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.
International University of Japan: Support for Developing Global Talent
The International University of Japan (IUJ) is a graduate school in Minami Uonuma City, Niigata, which aims to develop talent with the specialized and practical knowledge as well as a high level of understanding necessary to make positive contributions to the international community. Its mission is to train leaders who can contribute to the practical resolution of social problems facing people living in various countries and regions in the world, as well as organizations including governments, companies, and NGOs, and to extend public and social benefits globally. In order to make this possible, IUJ offers quality education in smallsized classes mainly to international students and company-sponsored students, providing a place to foster these leaders' professional knowledge and skills regarding politics, economics and management, and to help them achieve a deep understanding of and respect for different cultures.
Since the establishment of this distinct graduate school with a strong domestic and international reputation in 1982, Fuji Xerox has offered various support to IUJ ranging from offering financial assistance to sending administrative staff and students to foster global human resources.
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. The tournament is held around the New Year, sponsored by the Japan Football Association, the All Japan High School Athletic Federation, and 43 commercial broadcasting companies.
Fuji Xerox has been supporting this annual tournament by offering financial support, copiers, and other support 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) and the birth of the Japanese word "supporter."
Currently, Fuji Xerox and five 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. 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.