7 July 2016
Tokyo, Japan

Dear Friends of Akira Foundation,

We would like to inform that Akira Foundation dissolved on February 2, 2016 (approved by Tokyo Legal Affairs Bureau on July 7, 2016).

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff of the foundation, I would like to thank you for your past business. It was truly a pleasure working with each one of you as a co-creator. Most of all, we are truly grateful for your continued support and kindness throughout these past seven years. Thank you very much again. We wish you the very best on all that lies ahead.


Hirofumi Yokoi
President & CEO

22 March 2016
New York, USA

On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the World Summit of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WSIE) will be held in New York City in May, and as a strategic partner for WSIE, Akira Foundation calls for social innovators and entrepreneurs to join.

WSIE was launched at United Nations in 2006. Supported by three UN agencies including UNDP along with International Chamber of Commerce, African Union, and multinationals like PepsiCo, Boeing, CNBC, and Microsoft, the first WSIE took place at the historic city of Muscat, Oman, and has been held every other year with over 70 countries attended.

Held on May 17-19, 2016 at United Nations Headquarters, WSIE on “New Frontiers” will showcase “a bold and provocative exploration of what the future of business, market spaces, digital, products, minds, machines, experiences and trans-disciplinary innovations will be like in 2020 with one clear message: Head there.”

10th Anniversary Event: The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WSIE)

- Celebrating the Crazy Ones: New Frontiers -


United Nations Headquarters, New York City, New York
Tuesday, May 17 – Thursday, May 19, 2016

Contact (by April 30, 2016)

Hirofumi Yokoi
Co-Founder and President, Akira Foundation
+81 (0) 3 5456 5179
+81 (0) 3 5456 5511

8 October 2015
Washington, D.C., USA

International Child Art Foundation (ICAF), one of Akira Foundation’s partners, announced the global education and service-learning program mixed with environmental and cultural awareness for students at aged 13 to 18, the “Christmas with Orphans Camp.” It will take place in Uganda on December 20th to 30th.

According to their website, the week-long camp in collaboration with the Uganda National Museum and the Ministry of Education provides an incredible opportunity for young campers to learn about African culture, customs and traditions, and the educational system.

The campers will spend one day with creative children who attend a talent school to explore ways to foster the creativity of Uganda’s children. They will then conduct a service project for orphans at the Gaba orphanage near Kampala. Following the visit to the orphanage, the campers will spend three-days at the Queen Elizabeth National Park to learn about wildlife and the environment.

Finally, each camper will make a presentation to the Uganda Ministry of Education officials about his or her one best personal idea to improve the living conditions and the education of orphans in Uganda.

The camp is organized by ICAF which has served since 1997 as the national and international organization for children’s art and creative development, and follows the 5th World Children’s Festival that was held earlier this summer at The Ellipse next to The White House, together with the ICAF Summer Camp in Washington, D.C.

The ICAF Winter Camp will admit no more than 20 students. Early action is recommended to avail this international service and global education opportunity.

For more details on the program “Christmas with Orphans Camp,” please visit their website (in English only).

7 Oct 2015
Tokyo, Japan

Our new tri-fold brochure has been printed and is now available online.

Download your copy of The Akira Foundation’s tri-fold brochure – it’s packed with our roots and core value, strategic map, the list of signature programs and projects, snapshots of outcomes, impacts and stories, and much more!

3 September 2015
San Diego, USA

Akira Foundation sponsors the inaugural event for “social innovators” in San Diego, California, “Global Empowerment Summit,” which takes place on Saturday, October 17th, 2015, at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, the University of California, San Diego.

President Hirofumi Yokoi has been invited as a special guest to the Summit, whose attendance is by invitation only. We will nominate a few delegates from Japan to it as well. The event brings “together social innovators who are changing the world one day at a time so they can share ideas and solutions” and engages “local and global experts, giving them the opportunity to strengthen future collaboration.”

The opening keynote talks are led by notable, distinguished leaders that include: Dayamrita Chaitanya, Executive Director, Mata Amritanandamayi Centers of North America and Sherry Tross, Director-General, Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development at the Organization of American States.

For more details on the event, “Global Empowerment Summit,” click here (in English only).


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