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Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation support nurses’ overseas study

  • August 2, 2021
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The Nippon Foundation (Minato Ward, Tokyo) and the Sasakawa Health Foundation (Minato Ward, Tokyo) announced on July 21 that they have established the “Sasakawa nursing fellows” program, a scholarship program for nurses to study abroad. The program is aimed at developing nurses with a global perspective and leadership skills who can provide medical care in the post-COVID-19 era.


The program will support nurses’ graduate study at about 10 top graduate schools in the U.S. and Canada in the fields of public health, the health sciences, and nursing. The two foundations will provide up to 12 million yen per year to 100 nurses over a 10-year period. Europe and the U.S. have a system whereby qualified nurses perform certain diagnoses and medical treatments. Nippon Foundation Chairman Sasakawa Yohei stressed that “developing nurses is very important in Japan as our society is aging.” The chairman also expressed his aim to introduce a similar system in Japan by having Japanese nurses gain qualifications overseas.

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