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The Inamori Foundation was founded on April 12, 1984, by Kazuo Inamori (now Chairman Emeritus of Kyocera Corporation) and began its operations in 1985.

The activities of the Inamori Foundation reflect the lifelong beliefs of its founder that people have no higher calling than to strive for the greater good of humankind and society and that the future of humanity can be assured only when there is a balance between scientific development and the enrichment of the human spirit. The Foundation seeks to actively promote peace and prosperity among all people on earth through the promotion of mutual understanding. It does this through programs of public recognition and the support of creative activities to foster science, culture, and the enrichment of the human spirit, as well as through social contributions.
The Kyoto Prize is awarded annually to persons who have made significant contributions in the three categories of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. Through this Prize, the Inamori Foundation seeks not only to recognize outstanding achievements but also to promote academic and cultural development and to contribute to mutual international understanding.

Through the Inamori Grants and other research funding, the Inamori Foundation supports a wide variety of activities by young researchers in Japan in the fields of natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. It aims to cultivate and nurture human resources who will contribute to the future of our global society, to promote academic and cultural development, and to contribute to international understanding.

In an effort to provide direction for our contemporary society, the Inamori Foundation engages in a variety of initiatives that contribute to public betterment, including proposing and implementing programs with global perspective, as well as facilitating the international exchange of individuals. These projects are intended to contribute to the peace and prosperity of humankind and to enhance mutual understanding among people of all nations.
April 12, 1984
110.8 billion yen (as of March 31, 2015)
620 Suiginya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8411, Japan
Phone: 075-353-7272 Fax: 075-353-7270

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