The Japan House and the College of Fine and Applied Arts
have established a fund with the University of Illinois Foundation to aid the people of Japan
directly affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami.
Below are comments from Kimiko Gunji, director of Japan House regarding this fund:
"The University of Illinois and the people of Japan have had a long
standing relationship ever since the first Japanese student enrolled in
the University in 1900. For over 35 years the Japan Illini Club
has offered a scholarship program established by Mr. Hachiro Koyama,
which allows gifted Japanese students educational opportunities at the
University of Illinois. In 1975 the original Japan House was
established through the efforts of former Chancellor Mort Weir and
Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato. When the old Japan House was torn down
for redevelopment in the area we started fundraising for a permanent
facility. Major Japanese organizations such as the Urasenke Tea School donated
two tea rooms, in 1997, the Japan Illini Club gave $100,000, and the
Japan Expo Foundation and the Japan Foundation both donated $100,000.
Without these strong Japanese supporters Japan House would not exist.
Almost 100 students from Japan are currently enrolled at the University
of Illinois. Upon graduation many of them return to Japan and remain
involved with the University through the Japan Illini Club, which is one
of the largest alumni association clubs outside of the United States.
Furthermore, the very mission of Japan House is to introduce Japanese
arts and culture, to promote the US-Japan relationship and to promote
tolerance for all cultures and peace. Thus, I feel it is urgent for us
to support Japan and the Japanese who are affected by this devastating
Therefore, we are establishing a fund with the University of Illinois
Foundation, which will allow private donations from individuals,
corporations, and foundations to support the disaster relief effort in
Japan. All gifts collected through this effort will go directly to
support the people of Japan and we will work with representatives from
the Consul General of Japan in Chicago
and the members of the Japan Alumni club to ensure the funds collected
will provide the maximum benefit to the people of Japan.
Thank you so much for your caring and support - Kimiko Gunji, Japan House"
Link for online donations and complete information: http://faa.illinois.edu/JapanRelief