This book highlights the preeminent private philanthropic institutions, their endowments, and their purposes from the Meiji period (1868–1912) through 1989. World War II destroyed or damaged most of these institutions, but as Japan recovered—ultimately becoming the world’s largest creditor nation—individuals, corporations, and government agencies established new foundations to research public policy, ease trade friction, and fulfill Japan’s global social responsibilities.
Appendices detail donation requests to Keidanren (Japan Federation of Economic Organizations); major Japanese corporations’ contributions to overseas institutions, including US universities; leading grant-making foundations (1987); and new private foundations (1987–1988). The book’s final section features the international philanthropic activities of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), notably its symposiums, seminars, study missions, research, and documentation. The book was written by Tadashi Yamamoto, founder and president of JCIE, and Takayoshi Amenomori, senior program officer at JCIE.