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Activities at Osaka Gas' Foundations

Principle and Outline

To develop in a more organized and continual fashion the welfare activities that the Osaka Gas Group has carried out through the "Small Light Campaign" launched in 1981 (the UN International Year of Disabled Persons) as a company volunteer effort, 362 companies including Osaka Gas and affiliate companies, the associations comprised of contracted companies providing sales of gas appliances and other services, pipe working joined together in October 1985 to establish and fund the Osaka Gas Group Welfare Foundation in honor of Osaka Gas' 80th anniversary. The Foundation is involved in subsidizing local welfare activities for the elderly and surveys/research conducted by universities and medical institutions, and in promoting fitness efforts aimed at helping senior citizens maintain and improve their health.

In September 1992 the Osaka Gas International Exchange Foundation was founded and fully funded by Osaka Gas, and in October 2010 the Foundation was granted authorization by the Cabinet Office to transition into a public interest incorporated foundation. The Foundation now works to deepen mutual understanding with natural gas producing countries and to make international contributions through the foundation's business activities, as well as provide subsidies that help ensure reliable supplies of natural gas.

Assisting the Elderly - The Osaka Gas Group Welfare Foundation

Contributing to a vigorous society with excellent longevity

Set up in 1985 through the contribution of Osaka Gas Group companies, the Osaka Gas Group Welfare Foundation operates in six prefectures of the Kansai region, mainly engaging in (1) funding welfare projects, (2) researching and surveying the elderly population and (3) supporting health-promotion projects to help maintain and improve the health of the elderly.

In FY2017 the Foundation provided 10.7 million yen to 120 welfare projects for the elderly, 10.35 million yen to 16 survey and research efforts, and carried out 204 health-promotion projects involving 14,755 participants.

In FY2018, the Foundation's targets are to provide 9.5 million yen to welfare projects for the elderly, 6.5 million yen to research and survey efforts, and carry out 168 health-promotion projects involving 11,600 participants.

Musical instrument donation for elderly

Musical instrument donation for elderly

Walking event

Walking event

(1) Funding to Enhance the Welfare of the Elderly

FY No. of projects Disbursement amount (million yen)
1986 - 2010 1,914 559
2011 63 9
2012 90 14
2013 96 13
2014 112 16
2015 103 12
2016 107 12
2017 120 11
Cumulative total 2,605 646

(2) Funding for Research and Surveys

FY No. of projects Disbursement amount (million yen)
1986~2010 469 294
2011 8 6
2012 16 15
2013 18 15
2014 20 19
2015 17 14
2016 19 13
2017 16 10
Cumulative total 583 386

(3) Funding for Health Promotion Projects

FY No. of projects No. of participants
1986~2010 3,927 294,202
2011 204 14,357
2012 222 16,361
2013 228 17,903
2014 230 16,614
2015 206 16,045
2016 223 16,787
2017 204 14,755
Cumulative total 5,444 407,024

Building a regional symbiotic society

Mr. Toshiki Nakagawa

Mr. Toshiki Nakagawa
Director in Charge of
Planning and Coordination
Welfare Business
Section Chief
Osaka City Council of
Social Welfare.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Osaka Gas Group Welfare Foundation for more than 30 years of welfare activities targeting local elderly people, undertaken through funding projects.

Human-to-human relations in local communities and family bonds have weakened recently. As a result, regional welfare issues have become more complex, diversified and latent. Despite facing problems, many people have difficulty speaking up and taking action to solve them. There are many cases in which existing services, mechanisms and activities do not provide an effective solution to such problems. Under these circumstances, the central government is doing its utmost to help build a regional symbiotic society in which all people in the community will play their respective roles in addressing welfare issues while seeing them as their own problems.

The Osaka City Council of Social Welfare is prepared to work with various parties, including local people, government authorities, district welfare officers, child welfare volunteers, social welfare facilities and other related organizations, schools, NPOs and private businesses. For these parties and the Council to take specific actions, they must share their understanding on the issues facing them and the Council must fulfill the responsibility it is supposed to bear.

As a member of the Osaka City Council of Social Welfare, I have been involved in regional welfare activities, including a food service for the elderly, management of the cafés that have opened to enhance communication and contacts between elderly people, and salon events. Financial support from the Osaka Gas Group Welfare Foundation has been really helpful and encouraging. Our participation in subsidy procedures involving the Foundation has been instrumental in building relations with local communities. The Council asks for your continued support and patronage through the Osaka Gas Group Welfare Foundation. I hope for continued development for the Osaka Gas Group and prosperity for all its employees.

Doing Our Part on the International Scene - The Osaka Gas Foundation for International Cultural Exchange

Deepening friendship and mutual understanding with natural gas-producing countries

The Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange provides aid services to promote mutual understanding with natural gas-producing countries in Southeast Asia and Oceania.

In FY2017, the Foundation provided a total of 12.91 million yen in assistance in Indonesia for items such as educational materials for schools, scholarships for 300 students, experimental research, and training. Grants for experimental research were provided for research on energy- and environment-related topics at the University of Indonesia, the Bandung Institute of Technology, and Bogor Agricultural University. Assistance was offered to two graduate students at the University of Indonesia to allow them to participate in a 46-day Japanese language program in Japan, as well as to 47 teachers of Universitas Terbuka participating the training for the development of media education instructional materials.

In Malaysia, the Foundation provided assistance totaling 6.64 million yen for educational materials and instructional training to remotely-situated schools in the state of Sarawak, for experimental research being conducted at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and for scholarships to 12 students.

Total assistance over the 25 years since the establishment of the foundation in 1992 is now approximately 480 million yen. In future, through assistance in this region, we will continue to act to deepen mutual understanding between our countries and contribute to development of those countries.

Scope of Funding

Scope of Funding

Total Assistance Provided from FY1993 though FY2017

Total Assistance Provided from FY1993 though FY2017

Grant Disbursement (single-year base) (unit: thousand yen)

FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017
Educational materials 3,598 3,613 3,245 4,168 3,286
Experimental research 5,112 5,191 5,939 6,413 5,506
Scholarships 8,469 8,532 8,486 9,403 8,289
Training 4,744 6,937 5,525 6,793 6,577
Total 21,923 24,272 23,195 26,777 23,657

Support for an industrial human resource development project in East Timor in cooperation with JICA

Ceremony for scholarship presentation, held at the National University of Timor-Leste

Ceremony for scholarship presentation,
held at the National University of Timor-Leste

An industrial human resource development project for the Democratic Republic of East Timor-Leste was launched by Osaka Gas, the Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in FY2013. In FY2017, the fifth year since the project's inception, a combined scholarship of 1.71 million yen was granted to 30 students studying at the National University of Timor-Leste, as was done in the previous years. The welfare foundation also subsidized a short-term training program for two teachers from the same university.

Osaka Gas donates funds to the Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange. The foundation, for its part, is in charge of implementing and monitoring the project. JICA is in charge of coordinating with the East Timor government and helps it implement the project, by taking advantage of its reputation from past achievements and its human networks in East Timor.

Osaka Gas expects the project to enhance the understanding of those in East Timor involved in the project regarding Japan's business, industry and academia.

Osaka Gas will continue to contribute to the development of East Timor while playing an important role in strengthening friendly ties between Japan and East Timor and fostering international goodwill.

Asking for continuing good relations

Visiting Universitas Terbuka (the third person from the right is Tian Belawati, President of the University)

Visiting Universitas Terbuka
(the third person from the right is Tian Belawati,
President of the University)

On behalf of Universitas Terbuka I would like to offer our thanks. Our university is an open university and one of the largest universities in Indonesia. We have been receiving assistance from the Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange (OGFICE) since its inception, when Mr. Eguchi served as Director. The grants provided us have been primarily used in the Multimedia Production Center to contribute to the qualitative improvement of learning systems. The benefits are being enjoyed by students nationwide studying at our university while serving as teachers in their own local schools. Our university also has students in the areas of Karimantan, Bontang, and Aceh where Osaka Gas has concluded LNG agreements. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be receiving grants from OGFICE. Furthermore, when our university suffered damage from the 2004 tsunami, we quickly received aid for erecting an administrative building and purchasing office equipment, assistance for which we are very grateful. We are extremely appreciative of OGFICE's stance, and we hope that we can continue to enjoy good relations.

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