Thomson Reuters Foundation welcomes Akira Foundation to TrustLaw Connect
22 August 2013
Tokyo, Japan

Akira Foundation became a member of TrustLaw Connect, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service that connects NGOs and social enterprises with the best law firms around the world.

This opportunity came up suddenly for us from Dongwei Liu, program director at Thomson Reuters Foundation, who contacted us and, soon after that, visited our office in Shibuya, Tokyo. Then, we initiated a discussion about legal challenges facing up to us in promoting and realizing ideas and thoughts around social innovation in Asia and beyond.

“That pro bono service is what we have been waiting for so long,” said Hirofumi & Atsufumi Yokoi, Co-Founders & Presidents of Akira Foundation. “It is prohibitively expensive to get any legal advice and services from lawyers. The more extent to which we expand our services and networks, the higher opportunity costs we have to deal with due to our lack of legal resources and preparation. As such, this new membership should help drive our business forward, even further.”

Launched in 2010, TrustLaw Connect has grown to include over 1,200 members in 145 countries. Its mission is to spread the practice of pro bono worldwide to drive social change.

*Source: TrustLaw Connect’s program brochure in 2013

For more information, please click here to see their program brochure