Message from the Chairman

Chairman Satoshi Tsunakawa

I was appointed chairman of Toshiba International Foundation on June 15, 2021.

Toshiba International Foundation was established in 1989 with the singular mission of promoting international understanding of Japan. For over 30 years, through our own programs and support for a wide range of initiatives and projects, we have taken a broad view of our commission and encouraged exploration not only of Japan’s economy and technology, but also its history, culture and arts, and social institutions.

The last three decades, especially recent years, have seen far-reaching global changes that affect us all, individuals and countries alike. Japan must now revisit its core values and what it can share with the world, and rethink the role it has to play in global society.

Of course, we also continue to confront one more immense issue, the worldwide assault of the coronavirus. The shockwaves it has sent through global society since spring last year have presented us with unprecedented challenges in how we live and how we do business, and forced us to reevaluate traditional ways of thinking and doing things.

International exchanges, the basis of the foundation’s work, are no exception.

Bringing people together for symposia and workshops has encountered a huge crisis of survival, and business and academic communities have hurried to expedite the use of broadband networks and advanced digital tools to build new models that connect people on-line, or in a hybrid of the real and virtual. Some shifts may turn out to be permanent, such as exhibitions in virtual environments. The arts and creative projects, joint research, education, and human resources projects have had to deal with huge constraints, and all concerned are channeling tremendous energy into preserving their initiatives.

I have the greatest respect for the efforts of everybody involved in those activities, and we at Toshiba International Foundation, will continue to support them with a flexible mindset, and devote our very best efforts to carrying out our key mission.

In this, TIFO’s fourth decade, I sincerely ask for your continued support for our endeavors, and for your redoubled advice and cooperation.

Satoshi Tsunakawa
Toshiba International Foundation