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1. Education

Shigeo Takayama Foundation, Inc., Makati City, Philippines
The Shigeo Takayama Foundation was established in the Philippines in 1997 as a collaborative effort between Mr. M.A.T. Caparas and Mr. Shigeo Takayama to engage in educational, and humanitarian activities in the Philippines, including the provision of books and other educational materials, as well as food and safe drinking water to poor school children.

National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, Washington, D.C., USA
Race and ethnicity are important issues the world over. NAPALC advocates on behalf of Asian Pacific Americans in the USA by educating communities and affecting policies, serving as a role model for numerous other organizations.

The Grew-Bancroft Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
The Grew-Bancroft Foundation is an educational foundation in Japan that provides scholarships to Japanese high school students who wish to attend liberal arts colleges in the USA.

Mokpo Kong Saeng Won, Mokpo, South Korea
Since 1928, the late Yun Chiho and Chizuko Tauchi, husband and wife, operated this orphanage. Over 4,000 orphans have graduated from this facility. Mokpo Gong Saeng Won has become a symbol of Japaneses and Korean Friendship.

Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh / Urban Resource Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Cyclo Centre is provide basic support service to cyclo drivers and a place where cyclo drivers can meet, share ideas, exchange of information and importantly have access social services and educational programme that enable the drivers to help themselves and develop opportunities for an increased quality of life, the Centre also provides:

・ Health Services and Information
・ Emergency aid
・ English Language lessons
・ Social activities
・ Small Library
・ Free haircuts
・ Washing and Laundry facilities
・ Saving Group and Cyclo Credit
・ Cyclo Repair


2. Model Home Care and Institutional Living

Keiro Senior Health Care, Los Angeles, California, USA
Established in 1961, Keiro Senior HealthCare, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has provided culturally-sensitive care with familiar language, food, and values to over 50,000 seniors and offered peace-of-mind to their families. Today, Keiro is the largest Nikkei not-for-profit organization in the United States, encompassing four facilities and an adult day care program:

Keiro Nursing Home
South Bay Keiro Nursing Home
Keiro Intermediate Care Facility
Keiro Retirement Home License No. 191802206
Keiro Adult Day Center of Orange County

Keiro's continuum of care includes residential, assisted living, intermediate, skilled nursing and rehabilitation care, and community based services, creating a consistent philosophy for the care of an individual, regardless of the level of service a person may require.

Nikkei Concerns, Seattle, Washington, USA
Nikkei Concerns enriches the lives of elders by providing a continuum of high-quality care and services to families throughout all stages of life with compassion, respect and trust. The organization was formed in 1975 by the Nisei (second generation Japanese Americans) to address the health care and long-term care needs of the first generation Issei, many of whom were living in nursing homes that did not accommodate their cultural traditions or dietary preferences. Nikkei Concerns provides culturally competent care to seniors through Seattle Keiro skilled nursing, Nikkei Manor assisted living and the Kokoro Kai adult day program. Nikkei Concerns also provides children a multi-cultural and multi-generational educational experience through Keiro Intergenerational Day Care (KIDcare), and seniors ongoing continuing education and trips through the Nikkei Horizon program.

Welfare Foundation Family of Hearts, Osaka, Japan
Japanese of Korean descent, as much as Japanese Americans, need a cultural and ethnic home in Japan. This nursing home was organized to provide such a model home with effective language and cultural support from the community.

Taisei-Kai, Oita, Japan
Computers (information media) and volunteers are two essential factors for the operation of modern care facilities. The "Comprehensive Care Center - 'Taisei No Sato'" is a special nursing home for the elderly founded by the late Dr. Katsuhiko Amamiya. It has established an operational basis for advanced nursing homes with a balanced, efficient combination of hardware and software.


3. Training and Advocacy

Japanese Psychogeriatric Society
The Japanese Psychogeriatric Society, with support from the Foundation, published and distributed the Manual for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Type Dementia, with a supplemental video, to members of the society. This was a first step to educate health care providers to recognize the initial signs of dementia in their geriatric patients.

3rd. International Congress of Neuropsychiatry, Kyoto, Japan
The Congress provided an opportunity for physicians and researchers in Japan and internationally to meet, inform each other, and pursue opportunities for collaboration in the field of dementia.

Tokyo YWCA Care Support, Tokyo, Japan
A leading caregivers' organization in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Electric bicycles introduced with a subsidy provided by SMTF are utilized as "the legs" for caregivers. Recently SMTF has been providing various information including care techniques and the latest trends in the medical and research fields with caregivers through seminars opened to the public.

Japan Society for Dementia Care
This society provides seminars and workshops for the public and promotes interdisciplinary research on dementia care.

National Center for Child Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan
For some children with life threatening illnesses, palliative care provides an option to approach the end-of-life in an environment where both dignity and quality of life can be maintained. Palliative care for children is still a novel concept in Japan. The Foundation provided funds for two pediatricians from the National Center for Child Health and Development to travel to New York, USA, to attend a conference on palliative care.


4. Research

Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing (OPTIMA), University of Oxford, United Kingdom
The Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Aging was established in 1988 as a long term project to investigate Alzheimer's Disease and dementia at the University of Oxford. More than 800 subjects, about half with dementia, have been enrolled, and of the 300 who have already passed away, 92% have donated their organs for the benefit of the study. The project provides a genetic, biochemical and pathologic analysis of dementia in comparison with normal ageing, and identifies family factors related to dementia care. During the research, every effort is made to provide support, education and care for the patients.

Integrative Studies, Case Western Reserve University / University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Integrative Studies takes an experienced-based results oriented approach to creating positive community goodwill around making changes to improve the quality of life of people of all ages. It creates and synthesizes knowledge across disciplines necessary to address health and social problems such as Alzheimer's disease. In all of its programs Integrative Studies focuses on the positive effects of learning in community. It addresses not only scientific aspects but also those from the humanities and issues of spirituality, as well. Integrative Studies is committed to fostering democratization of wisdom, so essential to preserving life on our planet. At its heart, the program is committed not only to improving the quality of lives of human beings but the very sustainability of our ecosystem. Integrative Studies is dedicated to fostering environmental stewardship in all its programs.

Dr. Masahiko Saito, An incorporated medical institution Keiseikai, Tokyo, Japan
Survey to understand attitudes of caregivers in five cities in Japan.

Dr. Osamu Matsuda, Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, Japan
Project to develop appropriate and effective life skills (to manage memory loss and to enhance family communication) for patients with early stage of Alzheimer's Disease.

Michigan-Japan Network to Promote an Interdisciplinary Team Approach for Support the Elderly, Tokyo, Japan
An NPO with members from various fields including doctors, nurses, social workers, psychotherapists and welfare caregivers involved in aged care in Japan. With cooperation from the members of the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center, it has been conducting research on team approaches, and offers training services on a contract basis.

Note: Please note that the posted list of organizations is not a complete one.


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