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3/31/2016
The 2015 Educational Support Program grants completed
We are happy to announce the completion of the 2015 Educational Support Program grants to 99 students in the following 5 schools, for a total of JPY5,070,000. The details will be reported in 2015 Annual Report to be compiled in May 2016. We greatly appreciate your continued support.

Fukushima Prefectural Haramachi High School (Minami Soma City)
Miyagi-ken Ishinomaki High School (Ishinomaki City)
Miyagi-ken Kesennuma High School (Kesennuma City)
Iwate Prefectural Ofunato High School (Ofunato City)
Iwate Prefectural Takata Senior High School (Rikuzentakata City)

12/10/2015
Allocation of the 2015 Educational Support Program finalized
The 2015 Educational Support Program will be allocated to the following five high schools:Haramachi High School (Minami Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture), Ishinomaki High School (Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture), Kesennuma High School (Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture), Ofunato High School (Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture) Takata Senior High School (Rikuzentakada City, Iwate Prefecture; temporarily located in Ofunato City).
The individual recipients will be selected with the school authorities. The students will receive the grant at the end of February 2016.
7/15/2015
"US-Japan High School Students Summit in Rikuzentakata 2015" took place
July 11th, US-Japan High School Students Summit was held in Rikuzentakata. Through the field-work, group discussion and presentation, 24 local high school students in affected area interacted with 32 high school students from the U.S. who were invited to Japan by The Japan Foundation.
6/25/2015
FY2014 Activity Report posted
Refer to the "Report" page for FY2014 Activity Report.
3/6/2015
The 2014 Educational Support Program grants completed
We are happy to announce the completion of the 2014 Educational Support Program grants to 127 students in the following 5 schools, for a total of JPY5,000,000. The details will be reported in 2014 Annual Report to be compiled in May 2015. We greatly appreciate your continued support.

Fukushima Prefectural Haramachi High School (Minami Soma City)
Miyagi-ken Ishinomaki High School (Ishinomaki City)
Miyagi-ken Kesennuma High School (Kesennuma City)
Iwate Prefectural Ofunato High School (Ofunato City)
Iwate Prefectural Takata Senior High School (Rikuzentakata City; temporarily located in Ofunato City)

12/10/2014
Allocation of the 2014 Educational Support Program finalized
The 2014 Educational Support Program will be allocated to the following five high schools:Haramachi High School (Minami Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture), Ishinomaki High School (Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture), Kesennuma High School (Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture), Ofunato High School (Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture) Takata Senior High School (Rikuzentakada City, Iwate Prefecture; temporarily located in Ofunato City).
The individual recipients will be selected with the school authorities. The students will receive the grant at the end of February 2015.
9/17/2014
Grant from the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund
We have received JPY 1,000,000 grant to support the Educational Support Program for the students of Ishinomaki High School in Miyagi Prefecture.
The Taylor Anderson Memorial fund was established to help students, schools and families in the Ishinomaki and Tohoku recover from the earthquake and tsunami as Taylor’s family expects Taylor would have wanted and to pursue Taylor’s dream of being a bridge between the U.S. and Japan.
7/15/2014
Called off 'US-Japan High School Students Summit in Rikuzentakata'
The summit scheduled for July 12 had to be canceled because US high school students had trouble visiting to Touhoku area due to the super typhoon.
6/25/2014
FY2013 Activity Report posted
Refer to the "Report" page for FY2013 Activity Report.
3/1/2014
The 2013 Educational Support Program grants completed
We are happy to announce the completion of the 2013 Educational Support Program grants to 133 students in the following 5 schools, for a total of JPY4,000,000. The details will be reported in 2013 Annual Report to be compiled in May 2014. We greatly appreciate your continued support.

Fukushima Prefectural Haramachi High School (Minami Soma City)
Miyagi-ken Ishinomaki High School (Ishinomaki City)
Miyagi-ken Kesennuma High School (Kesennuma City)
Iwate Prefectural Ofunato High School (Ofunato City)
Iwate Prefectural Takata Senior High School (Rikuzentakata City; temporarily located in Ofunato City)

12/2/2013
Allocation of the 2013 Educational Support Program finalized
The 2013 Educational Support Program will be allocated to the following five high schools:Haramachi High School (Minami Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture), Ishinomaki High School (Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture), Kesennuma High School (Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture), Ofunato High School (Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture) Takata Senior High School (Rikuzentakada City, Iwate Prefecture; temporarily located in Ofunato City).
The individual recipients will be selected with the school authorities. The students will receive the grant at the end of February 2014.
6/22/2013
FY2012 Activity Report posted
Refer to the "Report" page for FY2012 Activity Report.
3/18/2013
Send-off Ceremonies Held for 'Visiting USA Program during Spring Break 2013' at Kesennuma and Iwaki High Schools
Six students will take a ten day trip to New York City, U.S.A. from March 29. They will be welcomed by and stay with the family of Horace Mann School students. One day visit to Yale University is also scheduled. The send-off ceremonies were held on March 2 at Kesennuma High School on for two students from Kesennuma and one from Takata high schools with their parents present; on March 9 at Iwaki High School for three students with their parents. See the newspaper coverage from Sanriku Shimpo (PDF:69KB), Fukushima Minyu (PDF:139KB) and The Iwaki Minpo (PDF:105KB).
3/1/2013
The 2012 Educational Support Program grants completed
We are happy to announce the completion of the 2012 Educational Support Program grants to 147 students in the following 5 schools, for a total of JPY6,000,000. The details will be reported in 2012 Annual Report to be compiled in May 2013. We greatly appreciate your continued support.

Fukushima Prefectural Haramachi High School (Minami Soma City)
Miyagi-ken Ishinomaki High School (Ishinomaki City)
Miyagi-ken Kesennuma High School (Kesennuma City)
Iwate Prefectural Ofunato High School (Ofunato City)
Iwate Prefectural Takata Senior High School (Rikuzentakata City; temporarily located in Ofunato City)

12/5/2012
6 participants of 'Visiting USA Program during Spring Break 2013' screened and selected
We will send six students to New York City for 10 days during spring break from March 29th. The students were selected from Video communication session participants: one student from Takata, Iwate, two from Kesennuma and three from Iwaki High Schools. They will stay with the families of Horace Mann School students in New York City. They will join classes with host sisters/brothers and experience American high school life. They are also scheduled for one-day visit to Yale University in New Haven, CT to meet the Yale students. This trip would be a forum for the students from Japan, of Horace Mann School and of Yale University for mutual understanding and continuing friendship.
12/3/2012
Allocation of the 2012 Educational Support Program finalized
The 2012 Educational Support Program will be allocated to the following five high schools:Haramachi High School (Minami Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture), Ishinomaki High School (Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture), Kesennuma High School (Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture), Ofunato High School (Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture) Takata Senior High School (Rikuzentakada City, Iwate Prefecture; temporarily located in Ofunato City).
The individual recipients will be selected with the school authorities. The students will receive the grant at the end of February 2013.
11/30/2012
Additional used PCs were donated by one of the professional firms in Tokyo
Five used PCs were sent to Iwaki high school and Takata Senior High School and can be utilized for the International Exchange Support Program as well as the Foreign Language Support Program.
11/26/2012
Iwaki High School started Video Communication Session with students from Yale University
27 second-year students at Fukushima Prefectural Iwaki High School meet over video call the students of Yale University in the U.S.A. Through exchange of ideas and opinions in English with the Ivy League students, Iwaki students strengthen bonds with them and understand the differences between two cultures. The Iwaki students have a big dream that the people all over the world understand the current situation in Fukushima after the disaster. Over 30 first-year students are to join the sessions in 2013. Please refer to the November 27, 2012 news article on The Iwaki Minpo (PDF:211KB).
10/1/2012
English learning group session begins
As a part of the Foreign Language Support Program, we started providing English group session using video call to the students of Iwate Prefectural Takata Senior High School. Currently five students are taking weekly lessons and a session consists of ten lessons. It gives the students opportunities to speak English in real-life setting and to broaden their views. The students learn natural English conversation by learning and repeating English phrases and collocation. Volunteers for teacher have experiences in studying/working overseas as well as teaching English as a second language.
6/13/2012
FY2011 Activity Report posted
Refer to the "Report" page for FY2011 Activity Report.
5/22/2012
Used PCs were donated by one of the professional firms in Tokyo
Total 10 used PCs were sent to several high schools in the Tsunami affected areas and can be utilized for the International Exchange Support Program as well as the Foreign Language Support Program.
4/15/2012
Newspaper article regarding on the international exchange program
The Home Stay program at The Harvey School in New York, United States, was held from March 23, 2012 to April 2, 2012. The program was introduced on The Kahoku Shimpo (daily newspaper in Miyagi Prefecture), The Journal News (daily newspaper in Westchester, New York), NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and Fuji Television.
4/2/2012
Donations received from organizations in FY2011
We have received donations from the following seven organizations in FY2011 ending March 31, 2011. We greatly appreciate your continued support.
'Yokkakandake no Nihon-Indo-gaisha': JPY610,000. Backers Foundation: JPY500,000.
Japan Society of US CPAs: JPY50,000.
JET Alumni Association of the United States of America: USD26,700. (JPY2,027,700)
'Nemu no kai': JPY400,000. 'Santol no kai': JPY100,000.
Taylor Anderson '04 Memorial Gift Fund: USD5,000. (JPY361,960)
(Listed in order of receipt of application)
Due to the timing of the receipt of donations, donations from 'Nemu no kai', 'Santol no kai' and the Taylor Anderson Memorial '04 Gift Fund, with their consents, will be used in FY2012.

The Taylor Anderson Memorial '04 Gift Fund was set up by parents of Ms. Taylor Anderson, JET ALT who was the first confirmed American casualty of the March 11 earthquake, and St. Catherine's School. Ms. Taylor's passion and love for the people of Japan is carried through the memorial fund to support education in Ishinomaki, which also became one of the reasons for our organization to start the foreign language support program and the international exchange support program. Please refer to the July 13, 2011 news article on The Mainichi Newspapers (PDF:179KB) for further details.

2/20/2012
FY2011 Educational Support Program grants completed
We are happy to announce the completion of the FY2011 Educational Support Program grants to 244 students in the following 5 schools, for a total of JPY7,405,000. The details will be reported in 2011 Annual Report to be compiled in May 2012. We greatly appreciate your continued support.

Fukushima Prefectural Haramachi High School (Minami Soma City)
Miyagi-ken Ishinomaki High School (Ishinomaki City)
Miyagi-ken Kesennuma High School (Kesennuma City)
Iwate Prefectural Ofunato High School (Ofunato City)
Iwate Prefectural Takata Senior High School (Rikuzentakata City; temporarily located in Ofunato City)

12/9/2011
English conversation sessions begin for prospective participants of The Harvey School Home Stay Program
As a part of the Foreign Language Support Program, ten English conversation sessions will be provided for the participants of The Harvey School Home Stay Program prior to their departure in March 2012. The sessions will be provided via video call by volunteer English instructors using the computers installed exclusively for this purpose in the school in Tohoku.
11/22/2011
Participants of The Harvey School Home Stay Program screened and selected
The Harvey School Home Stay Program will take place in March 2012. Located in the suburb of New York City, The Harvey School will accept four high school students (two each from Takata Senior High School of Iwate Prefecture and Kesennuma High School of Miyagi Prefecture) for them to attend classes and extracurricular activities and to experience homestays with Harvey student families.
11/13/2011
Donation from the JETAA USA (JET Alumni Association of USA)
The JETAA USA has decided to found a Program to Support Rikuzentakata Students in memory of the death of ALT of that region, Mr. Montgomery Dickson.
We have received USD 26,700(JPY 2,027,700), of which JETAA designated USD 24,030(JPY 1,824,930) for the students of Takata High School in Iwate Prefecture, and USD 2,670 (JPY 202,770) for Hope for Tomorrow operating costs.

JETAA USA consists of 19 branches spread throughout the USA, and continues to strengthen the US-Japan ties in cultural, educational, interactive, and charity exchanges.

11/1/2011
Allocation of the Educational Support Program finalized
The Educational Support Program will be allocated to the following five high schools:Haramachi High School (Minami Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture), Ishinomaki High School (Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture), Kesennuma High School (Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture), Ofunato High School (Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture) Takata Senior High School (Rikuzentakada City, Iwate Prefecture; temporarily located in Ofunato City).
The individual recipients will be selected with the school authorities by the middle of December. The students will receive the grant at the end of January 2012. The details will be reported in 2011 Annual Report to be compiled in May 2012.
10/3/2011
International Exchange Support Program begins
The high school students of Kesennuma High School in Miyagi Prefecture have begun a International Exchange Support Program using video call with student volunteers of Yale University. For details, refer to the "Report" page.
9/1/2011
Interview article on Daigaku Shinbun by Chairman Tanaka (Japanese only)
Daigaku Shinbun (PDF:218KB)
7/13/2011
Article on Mainichi News Paper by Chairman Tanaka
The Mainichi Newspapers (PDF:179KB)
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