Since its establishment in 1986, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) has worked to implement a variety of projects, research, and other activities aimed at solving global issues in cooperation with organizations in Japan and abroad.

However, many international challenges have emerged recently, such as responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic, achieving a decarbonized society to curb global warming, and reviewing security systems in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We have become keenly aware of the possibility that there are certain aspects within our existing socioeconomic systems that are unreasonable, and we believe it is time to reevaluate them.

Our awareness of these issues led us to establish Sasakawa Scholarship (Global Leaders Scholarship). As activities to review international systems have already begun and new mechanisms are being created, it is our strong desire to produce new leaders from within Japan who will be active on a global stage. Japan is an advanced nation with modern challenges. Overcoming these challenges will give Japan the potential to contribute greatly to the international community. For this reason, new leaders are needed in Japan.

SPF believes that it is important to directly support young people be new leaders who can be active in Japan and abroad. Through this scholarship, we hope to provide the opportunity for more young people to be active on the international stage and tackle domestic issues from fresh perspectives, so that in the near future, the world will welcome the unique and excellent proposals that Japanese people can offer.

However, no matter how outstanding a person may be, there is a limit to what one person can accomplish by themselves. For this reason, we will focus on building a community of students and alumni from this scholarship program. With ambitious community members, who share the common experience of studying abroad, students under this scholarship will help each other and create a network for future collaboration. This community will become essential in their future endeavors.

The moment you came to this website and read this message is when our dialogue with you began, and it has marked the opening of a new world.

We are looking for young people who are curious, flexible, and have a sense of mission. If you see yourself in this description, we look forward to hearing from you.