Upcoming Events
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).

Past Events
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).



6 April 2015 | Tokyo, Japan

The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF), a non-profit organization which enhances academic performance and imbues global citizenship by nurturing children’s creativity and developing their empathy, is seeking art works from children aged 8-14 who live in Japan for the 5th World Children’s Festival (WCF) 2015. The deadline is approaching on May 8, 2015, and the jury will hold a meeting to evaluate all the submitted paintings and digital art works on May 16.

Akira Foundation supports the festival as a host committee member.
For more information on the application process visit the ICAF Japan website.

About International Child Art Foundation (ICAF)*

The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) serves as the national arts & creativity organization for American children and the international arts & creativity organization for the world’s children.

Established in 1997, the ICAF is today independently ranked among the 25 Top Children’s Charities in the United States. Our Arts Olympiad has grown into the world’s largest and most prestigious children’s art program and the World Children’s Festival has become the world’s premier children’s celebration.

*Source: International Child Art Foundation HP
For more information, please click here.

10 September 2014 | Tokyo, Japan

Akira Foundation will organize a seminar for a delegation from the King Prajadhipok’s Institute (KPI), Thailand, on Friday, September 19, 10am-12pm. The delegation currently takes an intermediate certificate course: New Era Leadership in Democratic Systems at KPI in Thailand. The seminar, titled “Social Innovation (SI): the Movement and Dynamics for Social Change and Impact,” takes place at the Yotsuya Campus (Tokyo, Japan) of Sophia University.

KPI delegation will be briefed by two guest speakers, Hirofumi Yokoi, President and CEO, Akira Foundation and C. Jeffrey Char, a serial entrepreneur and President and CEO, J-Seed Ventures, Inc. Mr. Yokoi will share the mission and purpose of Akira Foundation in promoting social innovation and entrepreneurship in and out of Japan, and Mr. Char will present the roles and leadership taken by Japanese youth in incubating and validating their business ideas for starting up.

KPI delegation is comprised of 63 members, most of whom are senior executives from local and national governments, the private sector, and academic institutions. At the seminar, as a representative from the supporting institution, Prof. Miki Sugimura, Vice President for Academic Exchange of Sophia University, will make a closing remark to the delegation. They will arrive at Tokyo on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, and leave for Bangkok on Monday, September 22, 2014.

8 August 2014 | Tokyo, Japan

Akira Foundation sponsored the entrepreneurship program for college students in Japan, “Connect The Dots: Workshop for Future Entrepreneurs,” which was kicked off in Tokyo on 4th August.

President Hirofumi Yokoi attended the last day of the week-long program, which was hosted by NTT DOCOMO Ventures, alongside the program leader, C. Jeffrey Char, President and CEO, and his colleagues from J-Seed Ventures, Inc. and other sponsors, speakers, advisors, judges and volunteers.

11 women and 9 men participated in the program this year. In their reviews, students mentioned that “they learned a lot about starting up a business and felt the program was a very tough, but valuable experience.”

For more details on the program “Connect The Dots,” click here (in Japanese only).

10 June 2014 | Tokyo, Japan

Don’t miss out on great volunteering opportunities this summer in Japan! We support the campaign activities led by Tokyo Volunteer Action Center, as do other companies including Toyota Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Glaxo SmithKline, Yahoo! Japan and UBS Group. The fields available for volunteers vary from health care, education, disabled and elderly care, and childcare to environmental conservation, international cooperation, and cross-cultural learning. For further information, please visit http://www.tvac.or.jp/summer/ (in Japanese only).

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