“His keen sense of capability to make lasting, positive contributions, even while being a temporary custodian, is an incredible legacy that his sons have inherited and the Akira Foundation embodies. Akira Yokoi dedicated his life, professionally and personally, to both connecting and respecting the “rivers” that comprises a global system. Herein lies the essence of the Akira Foundation’s mission. It should be for our temporary journeys as well.”
“Partnering with the Center for Japanese-Filipino Families (CJFF), Akira Foundation provided expert advice and financial support in the seed and start-up phase of the Social Enterprise English Language School (SEELS). Today, SEELS accommodates Filipino migrant women in Japan for training and employment as part-time or full-time English language teachers for neighborhood tutorials at its own classroom SEELS has established. English schooling of SEELS is expected to spread into public elementary and high schools in Japan, whenever SEELS gets bids from local Boards of Education.”
“What is most admirable about Akira Foundation is its focus on the sustainability element. Pursuing microfinance projects is one of the best solutions to tackle major developmental challenges.
Having had the pleasure of knowing the founder of this successful and promising institution Mr. Hirofumi Yokoi for a couple of years now, I am certainly assured that the Akira foundation will continue to flourish with such a wise leadership. Equipped with a rich experience in micro-finance and development, Hirofumi also brings to the foundation an important emphasis on the human capital and the significance of connecting cultures in an increasingly globalized world.
As a Lebanese activist involved in many civil society initiatives, advocacy campaigns, developmental projects and socially-driven businesses, I truly believe that the foundations upon which Akira Foundation is built are solidly engineered for an efficient and effective impact. I am also truly grateful to be part of the human chain building bridges between the great nation of Japan that I had always been intrigued in, the Middle East in general, and my beloved Lebanon in particular. “
“As a humanitarian worker, I strongly support Akira Foundation and share its mission and goal of making a difference to the world through social innovation. It’s impressive that Hirofumi and Atsufumi carry out the will of their late father, Akira, to create a better world and take action to make it happen. I very much look forward to future development of Akira Foundation as a global innovation maker.”