As Japan's standing in international society rises there is a commensurate increase in other countries' interest in and expectations of Japan. It behooves us to open our society as well as our minds to the world outside and invest greater energy in the promotion of international exchange and mutual understanding. For this purpose we must become better communicators so as to enable other countries to know us and our culture better, while at the same time deepening our own awareness and appreciation of the rest of the world.

Japan earned considerable ill-feeling during the nineteen-eighties and nineties due to our excessive exports. Toshiba believed that the root of the problem lay in the lack of understanding between this country and the rest of the world. Therefore Toshiba International Foundation was established in 1989 to enhance communication and promote mutual understanding.

In the twenty years that have passed since then, the Foundation has supported a wide variety of projects throughout the world to foster better relations with other countries.

TIFO HistoryWorld History
1989TIFO is establishedFall of the Berlin Wall; US and Soviet leaders declare the end of the Cold War
19901st and 2nd TIFO symposiums held in Japan and France
Three Baltic countries gain independence from the Soviet Union; German reunification
19913rd TIFO symposium held in London
Dismantling of the Soviet Union
19935th TIFO symposium held in Singapore
The European Community (EC) integrated market is established
1994Joint symposium with the Boston Society of Japan on "The Role of the Artist in Today's Japan"
1995Provided support to the University of Venice for a symposium on Japanese author Tanizaki JunichiroGreat Hanshin Earthquake
1996Put on a Japanese taiko(drum) performance at the Singapore Japan Culture Festival
1997Japanese film and performing arts at the University of PittsburghAsian currency crisis
1999Introduction of the euro, European Union's (EU) single currency
2000Symposium held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of TIFO's establishment
2001Terrorist attacks in the United States
2002"The Written Image" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY
"Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan in the 15th - 19th centuries" shown at the British Museum
Japan and South Korea co-host the soccer World Cup
200330th Anniversary of the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association at Hanoi National University
"30th Anniversary Japan Relationship" symposium held in Indonesia
2004Symposium held to commemorate the 15 year anniversary of TIFO establishmentSumatra earthquake and tsunami
2005The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, "Japan Problem Study Group"London terrorist attacks occur
2006Jawaharlal Nehru University "The Rapidly Fluctuating Asian Community"
The Genron NPO Tokyo-Beijing Forum
2007Worldwide economic and financial turmoil as the U.S. sub-prime mortgage crisis hits
2008Conservation of The Mazarin Chest - Victoria and Albert Museum
First Toshiba Youth Conference Held
Beijing Olympic Games
2009Symposium held to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of TIFO establishment
2010Anti-government uprising occurs in Tunisia and spills over into other Arab countries
2011"Gagaku" traditional Japanese court music performance at Columbia University
"Chigusa & the Art of Tea" symposium held at Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
2012London Olympic Games
201310th Toshiba Lecture Series (London and Norwich, UK)2013 Tokyo wins the right to hold the 2020 Olympics
Mount Fuji registered as a World Natural Heritage Site
2014Symposium held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of TIFO's establishment
2015First Toshiba Youth Club Asia heldCOP21 adopts Paris Agreement
2016Symposium held to commemorate remodeling of Toshiba gallery at Victoria and Albert MuseumRio de Janeiro Olympic Games