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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 Daigas 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 Daigas 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 FY2018, the Foundation provided 8.46 million yen in subsidies to 89 welfare projects for the elderly, and 7.5 million yen in subsidies to 11 investigation and research projects, and carried out 183 health-promotion projects involving 13,499 participants.

In FY2019, the Foundation's targets are to provide 9.5 million yen to welfare projects for the elderly, 6.5 million yen to investigation and research projects, and carry out 140 health-promotion projects involving 7,670 participants.

The donation of musical instruments as a subsidy to support musical activities for the elderly for their welfare

The donation of musical instruments as a subsidy to support musical activities for the elderly for their welfare

Walking event for health enhancement

Walking event for health enhancement

(1) Funding to Enhance the Welfare of the Elderly

FY No. of projects Disbursement amount (million yen)
1986 - 2010 1,914 560
2011 63 9
2012 90 14
2013 96 13
2014 112 16
2015 103 12
2016 107 12
2017 120 11
2018 89 8
Cumulative total 2,694 655

(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
2018 11 8
Cumulative total 594 394

(3) Funding for Health Promotion Projects

FY No. of projects Disbursement amount (million yen)
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
2018 183 13,499
Cumulative total 5,627 420,523

We would like to Express Our Sincere Gratitude for the Health Enhancement Project.

Kobe Elderly Club Federation (KOBE Senior Club) Secretary General Mr. Toshiaki Kato

Mr. Toshiaki Kato
Secretary General
Kobe Elderly Club Federation
(KOBE Senior Club)

The Kobe Elderly Club Federation (KOBE Senior Club) was established to undertake projects deemed essential to foster the development of senior people's clubs and enhance their welfare through the mobilization of such clubs in Kobe, and their enhanced liaison and coordination in activities in the city. With a current membership of about 34,300, Kobe Senior Club undertakes a wide range of projects to promote members' health and comradeship while engaging in volunteer and cultural training activities.

In FY2018, major progress was seen in the club's health-enhancement projects—as witnessed by the holding of a cooking class for health promotion, a health-enhancement forum and a health-promoting class—thanks to cooperation from the Osaka Gas Welfare Foundation.

The Osaka Gas Welfare Foundation operates to maintain and enhance the health of elderly people in each region. Health-enhancement projects undertaken by the foundation have contributed greatly to supporting the Kobe Senior Club's efforts to make elderly people's lives fulfilling, including health-enhancement measures, preventing the elderly from becoming so frail as to require nursing support, and promoting sports activities among elderly people. In FY2018, about 350 elderly people took part in the projects sponsored by the foundation, and very positive comments were received from the participants, who were very happy to have taken part.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Osaka Gas Welfare Foundation for its support of our health-enhancement activities. We will ask for its continued support of and cooperation with our club. We wish people working at the Daigas Group further prosperity.

Doing Our Part on the International Scene - The Osaka Gas Foundation of 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 FY2018, the Foundation provided a total of 13 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 39-day Japanese language program in Japan, while training in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) was conducted in Japan for 65 teachers and other staff members at Universitas Terbuka.

In Malaysia, the Foundation provided assistance totaling 6.86 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 26 years since the establishment of the foundation in 1992 is now approximately 520 million yen. A total of 8,844 people have received scholarships, while the number of subsidized research themes comes to 364.

When the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami occurred off the coast of Sumatra in 2004, the Osaka Gas Foundation provided a subsidy to help operate the Yayasan Jambo Minda, a foundation established in the most damaged Aceh Province as its reconstruction base. The Osaka Gas Foundation for International Cultural Exchange also subsidized the purchase by the Aceh Province of stationery and books, while financing disaster-prevention education focusing on emergency anti-tsunami response actions, conducted by the province.

In future, through assistance in this region, we will continue to act to deepen mutual understanding between our countries and contribute to international goodwill.

Scope of Funding

Scope of Funding

Total Assistance Provided from FY1993 though FY2018

Total Assistance Provided from FY1993 though FY2018

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

FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
Educational materials 3,613 3,245 4,168 3,286 2,512
Experimental research 5,191 5,939 6,413 5,506 5,888
Scholarships 8,532 8,486 9,403 8,289 8,483
Training 6,937 5,525 6,793 6,577 4,592
Total 24,272 23,195 26,777 23,657 21,475

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 FY2018, the fifth year since the project's inception, a combined scholarship of 1.59 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, certified as a public-interest foundation. The foundation, for its part, is in charge of implementing and monitoring the project. JICA is in charge of coordinating with the National University of Timor-Leste and helps it implement the project, by taking advantage of its reputation from past achievements and its human networks in East Timor.

In addition, 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.

Message from the Yayasan Jambo Minda (Jambo Minda Foundation)* in Indonesia

In the Indonesian Province of Aceh, the Yayasan Jambo Minda (hereinafter called YJM) has received support from the Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange for the past 11 years.

The number of students who have received scholarships through the YJM in Aceh is more than 600, with the largest portion of 45% deriving from the Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange.

We would like to express our gratitude to all parties involved in supporting our scholarship program. Our special thanks should go to the Osaka Gas Foundation of International Exchange in light of its continued provision of a subsidy aimed at financing the YJM program. We believe that the YJM scholarship program will produce significant benefits for students in the Province of Aceh, where the improvement of educational systems is necessary following long-standing conflicts and the 2004 massive quake and tsunami.

Yayasan Jambo Minda (Jambo Minda Foundation) in Indonesia

Children in Indonesia's Aceh Province, including local elementary school students, receive scholarships and subsidies aimed at buying educational materials and financing the operation of mobile libraries.

* Yayasan Jambo Minda (Jambo Minda Foundation)

As a certified public-interest foundation, the Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange provides educational subsidies and scholarship to students in the Indonesian Province of Aceh by way of YJM.

YJM undertakes activities mainly in four fields.

  1. Scholarship program for unprivileged students and orphans
  2. Research assistant scholarship (RAS) program
  3. Mobile-library program
  4. Fixed-library program

YJM's scholarship program for children covers a range of unprivileged students, from elementary school pupils to college students, including children in poverty and orphans.

In 2004, the scholarship was provided to victims of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, including children who had lost their parents.

In 2007, the scholarship began to cover students whose parents were unable to pay their school tuition due to poverty, even though their academic performance was outstanding.

The YJM's mobile-library program is designed to provide reading opportunities to students in farming villages where there are no libraries.

Many people believe all schools in Aceh Province have at least a mini-library. However, many schools there are not equipped with a fixed library. As a result, students in the province are unable to enhance their knowledge by reading books.

Between 2006 and 2008, YJM purchased four mini mobile library units, using a subsidy provided by the public-interest foundation Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange and LNG Japan Corporation.

In 2007, YJM started soliciting students aiming to operate mobile libraries on a volunteer basis. With the backing of such students, the mobile libraries visit schools on a periodic basis while their service areas have expanded along with the books rented through the service. In addition, efforts to increase the number of fixed libraries began in 2007.

Educational materials being donated by YJM are used for a fun science program and an English course for children. The fun science program is meant to enhance children's understanding of scientific phenomena while the English course is designed to improve their English-speaking skills by providing them with opportunities to actively speak English. These programs, started in March 2017, are offered three times a week.

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