Our projects and solutions center on: social/economic issues, experiential learning, and foreign students (our 3 pillars.) These focuses are mutually inclusive and play integral parts in sustaining creative, collective and cooperative (3Cs) development in our global village.
What We Do

Akira Foundation currently sponsors two charitable scholarship programs, one annual event and three social enterprises.

Social Programs

The scholarship programs are embodied and implemented in partner with Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES) and Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFJ). Both programs play vital roles in illuminating and supporting value-driven action researchers who come for study to Japan from the developing world. The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (THEWSIE) was established in the United Nations and held in Oman, in April, 2006. We have forged partnership with the organizer, Tranzishen, in 2012, to foster an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem for the global community. In 2013, Akira Foundation and American Councils for International Education signed the agreement to implement the TOMODACHI U.S.-Japan Youth Exchange Program (TOMODACHI-UJYEP). This program promotes cultural awareness and sensitivity among Japanese and American high school students by focusing on service learning and social entrepreneurship as the primary themes for the study tour[1]. Social Study Tour is an experiential learning program that provides socially minded people with opportunities to broaden their horizons and embrace the world unknown to them.

Program Partner Launch Date URL
Social Innovation Scholarship(SIS)
(Ended in March 31, 2012)
Japan
Educational
Exchanges and Services
(JEES)
July 17, 2009
Akira-Keio SFC Social Innovation Scholarship (AXIS) Keio University
Shonan Fujisawa Campus
(SFC)
Nov. 11, 2010 GIGA
The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (THEWSIE) Tranzishen Apr. 1, 2006 THEWSIE
TOMODACHI U.S.-Japan Youth Exchange Program (TOMODACHI-UJYEP) American Councils for
International Education
Jun. 3, 2013 Our Web Site
Social Study Tour Jul. 1, 2013 Our Web Site

Social Enterprises

In what follows, Akira Foundation formed two social enterprises: Social Enterprise English Language School (SEELS) and Akira Social Ventures (ASV). SEELS, which is owned and operated by underserved Filipino migrants as certified teachers, targets residential areas with middle- and low-income brackets. ASV, which is headquartered in Dubai, UAE, mainly provides microfinance investment vehicles and micro tourism. It is led by a blend of Lebanese and Japanese members.

Social Entreprise Business Arena Launch Date URL
Social Enterprise English Language School
(SEELS; Japan)
English Education,
Early Childhood
Education
May 18, 2011 SEELS
Akira Social Ventures, JLT (ASV; U.A.E)
(Deregistered in October 20, 2013)
Microfinance, SME finance Jan 12, 2012 N/A