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United States-Japan Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

United States-Japan Foundation

145 E. 32nd St., 12th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10016-6055

Telephone: (212) 481-8753


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $90,075,229

Total giving: $1,753,932





Additional Contact Information

Contact for questions about grants: David P. Janes, Dir. of Foundation Grants, tel.: (212) 481-8757, e-mail:; Tokyo office address: Reinanzaka Bldg. 1F, 1-14-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan, tel.: (03) 3586-0541; fax: (03) 3586-1128; e-mail:


Foundation incorporated in 1980 in NY

Purpose and Activities

The United States-Japan Foundation is committed to promoting stronger ties between Americans and Japanese by supporting projects that foster mutual knowledge and education, deepen understanding, create effective channels of communication, and address common concerns in an increasingly interdependent world. The current focus of grantmaking activities is in the areas of communication/public opinion, precollege education and policy studies.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Communication and Public Opinion

The foundation supports a variety of projects that seek to enhance communication and mutual understanding between American and Japanese people. Projects under this portfolio not only raise awareness about Japan in the U.S. and/or the U.S. in Japan, but also deal with concrete issues that affect the bilateral relationship (or are faced by the two nations). As foreign policy increasingly is subject to public opinion, there is a need in both countries for increased and more diversified coverage of international news and current events, as well as strong links between certain non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award

The award recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories: humanities and Japanese language, and consists of a certificate of recognition, a $2,500 monetary award, and $5,000 in project funds. It is named in honor of Elgin Heinz for his commitment to educating students about Asia as well as for the inspiration he has provided to the field of pre-college education.

Pre-College Education

The foundation supports innovative education programs at the pre-collegiate level in both the U.S. and Japan. These projects have involved thousands of pre-college teachers in the U.S. and Japan in mutual study and learning, on topics related to the U.S. and Japan relationship, including in-depth study of culture, society and history of both countries. Through these teachers, as well as through a variety of curriculum materials, Web-based collaborative activities, and partnerships between U.S. and Japanese schools, tens of thousands of young people in both countries have begun to study and understand their mutual connections and the importance of the friendship and partnership that binds their two nations so closely. Foundation projects have also strengthened and increased the study of Japanese language at the pre-college level through supporting professional development projects, Japanese language competitions, the development of Japanese language learning standards, as well as new curriculum materials for teaching Japanese.

U.S.-Japan Policy

The foundation supports policy projects that address important issues of common concern to the U.S. and Japan. These include topics such as regional and global security cooperation, U.S.-Japan trade, environmental policy, and the role of the U.S. and Japan in international organizations. Policy projects offer practical tools and information of lasting value to policymakers for current and emerging U.S.-Japan-related issues.

Fields of Interest

  • Economic development
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Elementary education
  • Energy resources
  • Environment
  • Foreign policy
  • International development
  • International relations
  • Public administration
  • Public policy
  • Secondary education
International Interests
  • Asia
  • Japan
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Children and youth
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $90,075,229 (market value)

Gifts received: $142,424

Expenditures: $5,561,969

Total giving: $1,753,932

Qualifying distributions: $4,254,051