Greeting

理事長 吉川秀隆氏

My name is Hidetaka Yoshikawa, and I became the Chairman of OFIX in April 2018. In recent years, we have witnessed a dramatic increase in overseas visitors to Osaka as well as foreign residents staying longer periods of time in the region. In this current climate, OFIX has been working proactively to support foreign nationals by strengthening programs such as our multilingual support system for foreigners.

The occurrence of another large scale disaster akin to that of the Great East Japan earthquake or the Kumamoto earthquake poses a significant risk to foreigners since many have little experience of earthquakes or other natural disasters and face language barriers and other issues. For these reasons, OFIX is working hard to put a system in place that can provide multilingual information in the event of a disaster.

From the 2018 fiscal year, OFIX is operating under a new Mid-term Management Plan*, prioritizing our multiculturalism-assisting services through efforts such as improving the availability of multilingual information throughout communities in the prefecture.

My appointment as Chairman marks the first instance that the OFIX has given the role to an individual involved in running a private company. As current Chairman and CEO of TAKARA BELMONT CORP. which is striving forward to achieve a universal value that appeals to people around the world, we are making efforts to further develop a range of projects that address the concepts of beauty and health. Additionally, we have strived to promote various disaster support activities as part of our contribution to society.

As the Chairman of a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, I intend to utilize the globally-minded perspectives and the spirit of the support activities that I have obtained through my experiences at the company to help realize Osaka as a multicultural society.

At OFIX, we will continue to focus on improving measures that ensure the safety and security of foreign residents and visitors in Osaka and further strengthen the internationalization of the prefecture.

Finally, I would like to ask for your assistance and cooperation going forward.

Foundation Outline

Corporate Name Osaka Foundation of International Exchange (OFIX)
Representative of the Board of Directors Chairman Hidetaka Yoshikawa
Supervising Government Agency Osaka Prefectural Government, Osaka Promotion Bureau, Department of Civic and Cultural Affairs
Establishment January 25, 1989
April 1, 2012 shift to Public Interest Incorporated Foudation
Aims To promote the internationalization of Osaka Prefecture and to support the international activities of the prefectural residents from every class and level, which will sustain the internationalization of Osaka, as well as strive to contribute to the interational community by creating a system for admitting international students, thereby contributing to the development of Osaka as an international metropolis.
Principal 2,338,688,110 yen
3 Basic Pillars of Activities ①Global Human Resources Development
With the advancing globalization of the international community, not only
would support be given for the overseas studies of the youth in Osaka, but
foreign supporter will also be dispatched to elementary, junior high schools
and high schools to promote international understanding education.

②Admission of Foreigners and Preparation of Environment for Foreigners
With foreigner counseling and multilingual support programs as basic
activities, programs based on the Osaka Prefectural Internationalization
Strategy Action Program that would admit, make use of and employ foreign
human resources, such as internationalstudents will be promoted.

③Collection and Dissemination of International Exchange Information
Gather and disseminate international exchange information and strengthen
the network with related institutions in Osaka Prefecture.

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