Tomodachi Fund Helps Earthquake Affected Students Study Abroad
By Adam Westlake, Japan Daily Press – The Tomodachi Fund, established to help students recovering from the March 2011 disasters and support Japan–U.S. cultural exchanges, has just received 320 million yen (approx. $3.9 million) in donations from five Japanese corporations. The fund, set up by a U.S. public-private initiative called “Tomodachi” (the Japanese word for “friends”), provides aid to high schools students affected by the earthquake looking to study in the United States. The companies that contributed include Toyota Motor Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., Hitachi Ltd., Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.