The twentieth century was an era in which Japan embarked on its venture out into the world arena. During this process Japan learned (take to heart) the importance of international cooperation and was able to realize a century of peace and affluence. Reflecting on the present environment in which Japan is expected to take on a leadership role, yes, indeed the intellect and diligence of the people supported by Japan’s high standard of education cannot be forgotten; however, even more important, are those countries and the people from all over the world who have played an integral role in the formation of the current Japan. As for myself, after the Second World War, I have been involved in a business promoting the recovery of ASEAN nations and other Southwest Asian countries, namely providing technological assistance. Even today, I am greatly involved with those countries as I introduce industrial products to them. I believe that with the cooperation and support from the people of those countries, we have enlightened each other and we helped each other grow.
I have established this foundation with the earnest desire to help create a peaceful 21st century with a future full of hope. By granting scholarships to overseas students of ASEAN and other Southwest Asian countries who wish to study in our country, as well as to those Japanese students who wish to pursue academic research overseas, I believe we can nurture truly “globally-minded” personnel. Thus, more and more people will be capable of mutual understanding, working in good harmony and helping each other grow. This is the full scheme that I have envisioned upon creating this foundation.
November 11, 1996