Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Wikipedia tells: Ryoichi Sasakawa (笹川良一 Sasakawa Ryō̄ichi) (May 4, 1899 – July 18, 1995) was a Japanese businessman, politician and philanthropist born in Minoh, Osaka. He was accused but acquitted of being a Class A war criminal after World War II, was a self-proclaimed fascist, kuromaku (political power-broker), and the founder of The Nippon Foundation. While he is widely known throughout Africa and much of the developing world for the wide-ranging philanthropic programs that he established, he is at the same time viewed with hostility by many intellectuals for his right wing ideals and ties to Japan’s motorboat racing industry and support for the Unification Movement.
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan) promotes international understanding, exchange, and cooperation. Grants include support for policy oriented projects and research.176 The foundation has different regional programs such as
- The Japan-China Friendship Fund, which seeks to deepen ties between Japan and China.
- The Central Europe Fund is designed to encourage democratization and support smooth market transitions in Central European countries.
- The Pan Asia Fund supports training for journalists and research on international economic systems to prevent a recurrence of the recent Asian economic crisis.
177 Sample grants include:
1) capacity building for development in Central Asia and Caucasus, Center for Effective Economic Policy in Uzbekistan ($330 000);
2) a study of normative theory of accountability for civil society organisations at The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations in the US ($273 000); and
3) the Committee on Intellectual Correspondence of the Council on Foreign Relations in the US ($96 000).
source: OECD Report on Philantropic Foundations
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