Nippon Foundation establishes 1 billion yen relief fund for Ukrainian evacuees


The Nippon Foundation has created a fund to raise 1 billion euros to help Ukrainians evacuated to Japan. In addition to providing financial support for daily life, such as scholarships for learning the Japanese language, the money will be used to give the evacuees the opportunity to learn about Japan and become familiar with the region in which they live. through interaction with local people and participation in community events.

On June 13, the Nippon Foundation announced that it would establish a fund to provide life support for Ukrainians evacuated to Japan. The organization is appealing for donations with the aim of raising 1 billion yen. It will bear the operational costs of running the fund, so any money donated will be used to support evacuees.

Some of the specific intended uses for the fund include Japanese-language scholarships and the distribution of life-saving supplies, such as prepaid public transit smart cards. There are additional plans to provide opportunities for evacuees to interact with local residents at festivals, fireworks and sporting events held in each region and to host events where evacuees can come from their various places in Japan to meet and get to know each other. other. At the press conference to announce the fund, Nippon Foundation Executive Director Sasakawa Junpei expressed his hope that the evacuees can have pleasant experiences settling into life in Japan and putting down roots. He asked everyone in Japan to donate to the fund to convey his feelings of welcome to people from Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Japan, Sergiy Korsunsky, called on donors to view it as “an investment in a country that considers Japan an important friend.” In a call for broad support for the fund, he added that “Ukraine has significant agricultural and IT sectors. The people who are currently being evacuated to Japan will become a bridge between our countries. »

US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel (left) and Ukrainian Ambassador Korsunsky (right), who will cooperate in managing the fund. Sasakawa, executive director of the Nippon Foundation, is seated in the center.

A family of three evacuees from Kharkiv also participated in the press conference. Mark Yelenets (22) had studied in Norway, but returned to Ukraine to join the army. He had to give up because he did not meet the conditions. Now he enjoys learning Japanese history and culture while studying the language, and speaking of his aspirations, he said, “I would like to enter the future to get a degree in Japan Studies and I want to think about finding a job where I can use my Major.”

His sister, Rimma Yelenets-Memor (18), had studied design at a university in Poland and is still taking distance learning courses after being evacuated to Japan. Like her brother, she says that “once I have mastered the language, I want to transfer to a Japanese university”.

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Mark Yelenets, who was studying international law in Norway. He was due to graduate in June.

Online donations, starting at ¥1,000, can be made through The Nippon Foundation Ukrainian Evacuee Relief Fund webpage. Donations are accepted from June 13 to the end of September 2022. For more information, please contact the Partnership Development Division of The Nippon Foundation.

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(Originally published in Japanese. Banner photo: Rimma Yelenets-Memor, front row right, and her mother Oksana Bila left. All photos ©


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