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Rakuten Chairman Mikitani stresses importance of study abroad, donates $1 million to Fulbright program

  • February 4, 2021
  • , TV Asahi, BLOGOS, Yahoo!News Japan
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TV Asahi reported online this morning that Hiroshi Mikitani, Chairman and CEO of Rakuten, Inc., stressed the importance of studying abroad at an online seminar organized by the U.S. Embassy Tokyo. He was quoted as saying: “You will learn from the experience of studying abroad that diversity is the source of innovation. It is necessary to connect the wisdom of the world to make this world a better place.” He also told the audience that he learned when he was studying in the United States that entrepreneurship is the source of the dynamism of the United States and that this experience led him to start a new business in Japan. Pointing out that international exchange is important to expand people’s perspectives, Mikitani disclosed that he is urging the Japanese government to establish a framework to assist Japanese students with studying abroad.

 

Mikitani revealed that he has personally donated 90 million yen ($1 million) to establish the Fulbright-Mikitani Memorial Grant in order to support future Japanese participants in the Fulbright program, in which he participated. For the next three years, the grant will annually help five to six Japanese students pursue their studies at U.S. educational institutions through the Fulbright program.

 

Yahoo!News Japan and the online news and blog site BLOGOS also posted the story on their sites. Mikitani posted a tweet on the establishment of the grant.

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