Our relationship with society is one of the fundamental elements in our companys corporate philosophy, and continuously contributing to the realization of a better society to the best of our ability is one of the reasons for our existence.
Although what we can do is comparatively small, we try to continuously improve our social contribution so that we are able to give back more to society.
The reason we started supporting students studying abroad
Daishin Corporation was founded seven years ago. With the belief that social contribution activities are necessary for the companys everlasting prosperity, we repeatedly discussed the form these contributions should take. As a result, we decided to support young people who seriously aspire to study abroad for the reasons noted below.
Generally, Japanese people are not very good at expressing themselves. We sometimes have opportunities to attend international conferences where we have observed that Japanese attendees, even though there may be several, rarely speak or interact. Of course, many Japanese people are active on the international stage, but on average, the ratio of Japanese who actively speak in a foreign language on such occasions seems low.More+
The quality of Japanese products is globally recognized, and it is remarkable that Japanese economic power has been consistently developing since the Meiji Restoration in 1868. However, while Japans economy is considered first-class, its politics are considered second-class; we seldom see a talented Japanese person emerging who can undertake the leadership of the worldwide community. It is unfortunate that sincere effort is not always fairly recognized.
Essentially, Japanese people are not very talkative. As symbolized in typical Japanese expressions such as silence is golden, actions speak louder than words, and sense the atmosphere, there is a lack of consensus on the importance of people being able to express their opinions and perspectives in their own words to make it easy for everyone to understand them. It may be easier to live in Japan for people with a similar mindset, but as the world is becoming smaller and international competition is intensifying in all aspects, it has become more important to understand the perspectives of others and to be able to express your own in the international society. Sometimes, it is important to make your point and make others understand you to maintain close relationships. A simple reason for Japanese people being less talkative is their lack of English-language skills. Because of the lack of practical English education and the considerable difference between Japanese and English, it seems that a low percentage of Japanese people speak English, even when including those who speak broken English. If you are poor at English, it is not possible to fully make non-Japanese people understand your point.
Recognizing this situation, we hope to give as many Japanese youths as possible the opportunity to have logical conversations with foreigners and share information about Japan with others. Therefore, we decided to offer scholarships to young people who seriously aspire to study abroad. We believe their experience outside Japan will help them rediscover the beauty of Japan and give them the opportunity to gain confidence. Moreover, with an aim of maintaining their self-motivation, we do not cover the entire cost of studying abroad. However, we do support the cost of tuition and travel for one year of study in undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and MBA programs. As a result of such exchanges between Japan and other countries, a greater number of Japanese people will be able to speak logically, and friendship and interaction between Japan and other countries will be promoted. We believe this will benefit both Japan and the countries we work with.
June 6, 2011
Scholarship student report (updated every month)
--We focus on fostering globally competent talents who, as Japanese, are able to express their own thoughts when communicating with foreign people--
Photo: The outside of Waag Society
A year has been passed so quickly. It feels just like yesterday that I put my feet on the land of Amsterdam after I had left from Narita Airport with anxiety and excitement. This is my last report for Daishin Scholarship. I am looking back my experience in Netherland here in Delft as it is getting colder. After all this year, I have unintentionally achieved my goal which I had set when I left Japan aiming to accomplish in my study abroad. Having spent a year, I could debate on our field with my British professor without any hesitations and become to be involved various projects in a laboratory where I had longed to be since I was in Japan. As the students come from all over the world, I could broadened my perspective by having a good relationship with my friends from Mumbai to Reykjavik
From current term, I have joined an internship program as the position of leading my own project at a research institution: Waag Society in Amsterdam. Waag Society is an institution which connects cutting-edge technology to society for social innovation. Workers with a wide range of background research in various laboratories such as for a joint study of future elder-care with government or a bio study of potential designs using bacteria.
Yet Waag Society officially founded as a public service organization in 1994, the building they use for their activity base was built in 1488 and it has been functioned as a guild where Dutch craftsmen gathered over the centuries. Whilst there is forefront 3D printer and electroencephalograph in the building, brick wall which was built by bricklayers in 16th century remains still and it gives me a sense of history just by being there. I was impressed by the fact that people who studied anatomy in this guild hall had contributed to the study of Dutch which was introduced to Japan in Edo period (1603 – 1868 CE).
All the experience above would hardly come true if I did not receive the support of Daishin Scholarship. Monthly financial support for living expenses helped me a lot and it strongly backed me up when I worked on my project. Once again, I appreciate your consideration of selecting me as for Daishin Scholarship student. With thanks for having the opportunity to be a part of the team once I had dreamed of, I will put much more effort for following year.
Comments of a 2014 Scholarship Student
I would like to share the knowledge gained during my study abroad not only with Japan but also with the whole world.
Graduated from Japanese university in March 2014, 23 years old
It has already been three months since I started my study abroad. There has been trials and errors as I sometimes face unfamiliar issues, but I stay positive and believe that every challenge is an opportunity for further growth. In the U.S., I find myself in an environment where, through close contact with students who come from all over the world, every day I can learn something new both at school and in my life outside school. And I realize that this opportunity to go forward, to realize my future dream while stretching my capacities to their maximum, is thanks to the Daishin Scholarship. I am really determined to do my best in order to meet the expectations of everyone who has offered me this precious chance, and I shall strive to give back from the knowledge and experience learnt during this time not only to Japan, but also to the international community.
Comments of a 2013 Scholarship Student
I will do my best to make more progress through my studies and a new life.
Graduated from a Japanese university in March 2013, 23 years old
While I was very anxious about whether I would be able to keep up with my studies in a graduate school overseas and in my competence to communicate in English when studying abroad, my greatest concern was the expenses required for an overseas education. However, the staff at Daishin Scholarship supported me by listening to my concerns and helping me in various ways, even before I was granted the scholarship. I received great moral support. I have just arrived in London. I aim do my best in graduate school and in my new life in an English-speaking environment so I can make greater progress in my studies as well as in my life.
Comments of a 2012 Scholarship Student
Studying is not easy and involves many challenges, but I can feel myself growing. I will make every effort not to waste this year.
Graduated from a Japanese university in March 2012, 24 years old
Attending a graduate school abroad was not an easy choice for me from the aspects of time and cost. However, after I started studying in the UK, I realized that this was the best investment of my life, and I do not regret my decision. Of course, the studying is not easy and involves many challenges, but I can feel myself growing and I am already excited to see the kind of skills I will gain within a year. Thanks to the Daishin Scholarship, I have the opportunity to study in the best location, London. I appreciate it very much. I will make every effort not to waste this year.
If you are interested in this scholarship, please check the items below
- Awaji Platz, Non-Profit Organization for Supporting Youth Independence
- With the help of Awaji Platz, a long-established organization supporting NEETs (young people Not in Education, Employment or Training) and socially withdrawn youth in the Kansai area, we provide members of the younger generation, who are the future of Japan, with on-the-job training on an irregular basis.
- Japan Red Cross Society
- Our thoughts are with everyone who was affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. We are supporting the people in Tohoku to the best of our ability, working toward the earliest possible recovery of the affected region.
- Momo-Kaki Orphans Fund
- We are helping their mission to support orphans in the region affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
- Kopernik Solutions
- We empathize with their concept to efficiently and permanently improve the world using the power of technology.
- Hiraodai Nature School
- We would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to the victims of The Great East Japan Earthquake. All the staff in our company pray for the earliest possible restoration of the damaged areas. At the same time, we support the activities of "Let's Play! Nature School♪", which has visited Minamisanriku in Tohoku to offer condolences every year since the summer of 2011, the year in which the earthquake occurred, and has taken part in activities by giving donations, even though some of the staff of our company can't visit the area.
- Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
- We support the fight against Ebola hemorrhagic fever.