SEELS presented the interim progress report to the Japanese government
17 December 2013
Tokyo, Japan

Social Enterprise English Language School (SEELS), to which Akira Foundation provides seed capital and advisory services, reported the overall progress of its project to which a grant were awarded from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) under the project to promote creation of social business after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

The interim presentations from the grantees took place on December 17, 2013 at the first floor of the annex building of METI, Tokyo. On behalf of SEELS, Hirofumi Yokoi, President of Akira Foundation and External Director of SEELS, provided an overview of SEELS’ project across Miyagi and Fukushima and its project progress to date. In addition, he shared with the judges a brief backdrop of socioeconomic, cultural and behavioral factors that have long affected the Filipino community in Japan, negatively, and stressed that this project would help bring two seemingly separate issues together – lack of educational opportunities for children and job shortage for Filipino migrants – by providing quality of early childhood care and English education services.

METI promotes social businesses because of their potential for creating new industries and jobs at a regional level[1], especially in disaster areas after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. METI recognizes that this situation has led to an increase in interest in social businesses, a type of business seeking to resolve social problems through business-oriented approaches.[2]

[1] METI publishes “Social Business Case Book (Post-Disaster Reconstruction Edition)” (13 January 2013) [Online]. Available at: http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2012/0113_01.html (Accessed: 30 August 2013)

[2] FY2013 Budget Request (29 January 2013) [Online]. Available at: http://www.meti.go.jp/english/aboutmeti/policy/fy2013/pdf/130129budget.pdf (Accessed: 30 August 2013)

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