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About the Akiyama Life Science Foundation

About the Akiyama Life Science Foundation

Message from the Chairperson

The Akiyama Life Science Foundation was founded in 1987 as part of Akiyama Aiseikan Co., Ltd. Pharmaceutical Wholesalers in Japan, as its 100th anniversary celebration by contribution of 200 million yen of the late Kiyo Akiyama, the 4th CEO. Since its creation, the foundation received donations from many enterprises and private donors. The basic funds of the foundation including savings, marketable securities and immovable estates became approximately 4.0 billion yen as of March, 2015. Since its creation 29 years ago, the foundation has granted a total cost of 870 million yen for 1247 projects.
One of the directors has said, “The fundamental aim of life sciences is ensuring the health of humans and the Earth. It should be common sense. We hope that unspectacular but steady support of the foundation will develop into the establishment of common sense from Hokkaido to the rest of Japan and then to the world and contribute to the health of our planet.”
We created the foundation with considerable feeling for the region of “Hokkaido” and “Life sciences :Life”. Hokkaido is a place of life with unique and own soil, geography, water system, climate, animals and plants. Our mission is to develop human resources who are closely-linked to place of life, and these are the highest value.
We are living in a time after 3.11. Coming up against not only the Tohoku region, and the reality that has a significant impact on Japan and the world in the future, I think that it is necessary to work towards the creation of a sustainable society. Hokkaido, which can enable the conservation of biodiversity, has the potential to be able to achieve 100% renewable energy.
I am convinced that the 21st century is time of Hokkaido. We would like to work with all of you for various projects to giving “Life” based on our experiences.

Profile of the foundation

Established in January 8, 1987 as foundation
Registered as Public Interest Incorporated Foundation at December 1, 2009
Chairperson Director  Koji Akiyama
Founder The late Kiyo Akiyama
Main Activities
Medal of Honor
Akiyama Life Science Foundation Award
Nitobe – Nambara award
Promotion Services
Research Grant ― General Grant, Grants-in-Aid ―
Support for networking projects

Board of Council


Koji Akiyama, CEO of Akiyama Real Estate Ltd.
Toyoaki Akino, Chairman of Medical Corporation Keijinkai
Toshihiko Iizuka, Honorary Professor of Hokkaido University
Eiko Otsuka, Honorary Professor of Hokkaido University
Masayuki Onishi, CEO of Tsuruga Group
Hiroshi Kanagawa, Honorary Professor of Hokkaido University
Syuji Koiso, Professor of Hokkaido University Public Policy School
Shinji Asada, CEO of Rakuno Gakuen University
Masayuki Miyahara, Managing Director of Akiyama Life Science Foundation


Toshimichi Kayaba, CEO of Hokkaido Institute of Technology Co.,Ltd.
Toshiei Kitakami, Head of Kitakami Tax Account Office


Hajime Akiyama, CEO of TRY-ERR Inc.
Reiko Ishimoto, Director-General of Hokkaido Advertising Agencies Association
Shinya Imamura, Chief of DMV promotion center of Hokkaido Railway Company
Hiroshi Ueda, Professor of Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere, Hokkaido University
Takao Ojima, Professor of Faculty of Fisheries Sciences/Hokkaido University
Akinori Takaoka, Director of Institute for Genetic Medicine/Hokkaido University
Kiyoaki kurihara, President of Tsubame Welfare Organization
Noriyuki Sato, Medical Professor of Sapporo medical university
Hiroshige Takahashi, Manager of Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc. Sapporo branch
Yuji Niwa, CEO of Niwakikau kenkyuusho Co.,Ltd.
Miwako Mori, Affiliate Professor of Hokkaido Medical University
Yuko Yuasa, Leader of ‘Slow foods friend of Hokkaido’

Medal of Honor

Akiyama Life Science Foundation Award

The Akiyama Life Science Foundation Award was established in 1991 to award those working on progress and development of life science in Hokkaido over the years. Candidates are researchers who belong to research institutes in Hokkaido. A diploma and prize are given to the winner.

Award Winner

Prof. Hiroshi Shimizu
Hokkaido University, Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology
Awarded Research“Developing a pathogenesis and novel treatment for intractable congenital skin diseases”

Kazuaki Shimamoto
President, Sapporo Medical University
Awarded Research“A comprehensive study of the epidemiology, basics and clinical research of hypertension and metabolic syndrome”

Isamu Wakana
Chief Curator, Marimo Laboratory, Lifelong Learning Division, Lake Akan Eco Museum Center
Awarded Research“What makes Marimo of Lake Akan round? – Revealing its ecological history through a thorough scientific approach”

Toshimitsu Uede
Professor of Hokkaido University Institute for Genetic Medicine
Awarded Research  Osteopontin and its receptor, as  intrinsic regulators of intractable inflammatory diseases —-structures and functions——

Masahiro Asaka
Professor of Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine
Awarded Research “Helicobacter Pylori and gastric cancer. Gastric cancer prevention by elimination of Helicobacter Pylori from stomach.”

Professor Hiroshi Ueda
Professor of Faculty of Fisheries Sciences Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences Hokkaido University
Awarded Research “Mother-river homing of Salmon, Physiological studies on mechanism of Salmon homing”

Nitobe – Nanbara  Award

The Nitobe-Nambara award was founded to reward those who learned from the spirit of Inazo Nitobe and Shigeru Nambara, who strived for international peace and education. The award considers application to solve various problems of the modern world and working on the development of next generation. A diploma and prize are given to the winner.
*1 Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933) Second Alumni of Hokkaido University, agricultural economist, ethicist.
Author of Bushido: The Soul of Japan
*2 Shigeru Nambara (1889-1974) One of the high school students of Inazo Nitobe. A former president of Tokyo University, political scientist.

Award Winner

Mr. Shinji Kadoya (President, Morioka Christian School and Pastor, Morioka Senbokucho Church)
Mr. Minami Tsubouchi (Director/Secretary-General, Education Support Global Fund, a General Incorporated Foundation)

Mr. Otsu Mitsuo Director of friend school (Quaker school)
Mr. Masao Terasaki Honorary Professor of Tokyo University

Mr. Kakutaro Kitashiro Supreme Advisor of IBM Japan, Ltd, The former chairman of the Association of Corporate Executives, Chairman of International Christian University
Mr. Taichiro Mitani Honorary Professor of Tokyo University, Member of the Japan Academy, Junior counselor of the Imperial Household Agency

Mr.Tokuzo Mishima  Honorary Professor of Hokkaido University
Mr.Takashi Kato  Executive Director of Seikei Gakuen,

Promotion Services

Research Grant

a. General Grant
Applicants of all ages. Working on independent or joint researches.
One million yen for each research theme will be awarded as research expenditures.

Year  Number of cases   Amount
2015  13          11.8 million yen
2014  14          12.5 million yen
2015  17          14.9 million yen

b. Grants-in-Aid
Under 40 years at the time of application.
Half a million yen for each research theme will be awarded as research expenditures.

Year  Number of cases   Amount
2015  20          10 million yen
2014  18          9 million yen
2013  16          8 million yen

Support for networking projects

We support projects that aim for the cultivation of human resources for public work by people who make cross-sectoral efforts to provide a “platform” to achieve one goal. We support projects such as a new corporation system to solve various problems in community, cultivation of human resources for public work, new public efforts that aim to bring concrete results led by NPO group and citizen. We support projects for 3 consecutive years. A common theme is “Life”.

a. Project connecting the region
In Hokkaido, in order to solve social problems, building a cross-sectoral “Network” to form a “platform” for people, and promoting the “project connecting the region”, we support projects that aim at the bearers of the new public interest.
Participation in the platform from a wide range of areas such as people in the community, volunteers, specialists from university, NPO groups and private corporations will be expected.

Year        Number of Cases  Amount
FY2015 to FY2017  2         2.0 million yen
FY2014 to FY2016  1         1.0 million yen
FY2013 to FY2015  1         1.0 million yen

b. Project to inherit the life
In response to the “The Great East Japan Earthquake” and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 3.11, reviewing the way of our lives from the viewpoint of ” inherit the life”, we support ambitious efforts to predict the stirrings of a new era. There are two prerequisites to thus: the next generation must be the core of the project,
and, equally important, is the implementation of outreach activities.

Year        Number of Cases  Amount
FY2015 to FY2017  2         0.8 million yen
FY2013 to FY2015  3         1.5 million yen


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