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

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 FY2021, the Foundation provided 8.47 million yen in subsidies to 73 welfare projects for the elderly, and 8.16 million yen in subsidies to 12 investigation and research projects, and carried out 41 health-promotion projects involving 1,166 participants. In FY2022, the Foundation’s targets are to provide 8.5 million yen to welfare projects for the elderly, 7.5 million yen to investigation and research projects, and carry out 80 health-promotion projects involving 2,170 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

  • Cooking class for health enhancement

    Cooking class for health enhancement

■ (1) Funding to Enhance the Welfare of the Elderly

FY No. of projects Disbursement amount (million yen)
1985~2009 1,915 560
2010 63 9
2011 90 14
2012 95 13
2013 112 16
2014 103 12
2015 107 12
2016 120 11
2017 89 8
2018 74 8
2019 83 8
2020 73 8
Cumulative total 2,924 679

■ (2) Funding for Research and Surveys

FY No. of projects Disbursement amount (million yen)
1985~2009 469 297
2010 8 6
2011 16 15
2012 18 15
2013 20 19
2014 17 14
2015 19 13
2016 16 10
2017 11 8
2018 12 8
2019 13 8
2020 12 8
Cumulative total 631 421

■ (3) Funding for Health Promotion Projects

FY Number of events Number of participants
1985~2009 3,927 294,202
2010 204 14,357
2011 222 16,361
2012 228 17,903
2013 230 16,614
2014 206 16,045
2015 223 16,787
2016 204 14,755
2017 183 13,499
2018 155 9,504
2019 132 7,651
2020 41 1,166
Cumulative total 5,955 438,844

Stakeholder Comment: Striving to Build a Sense of Community

Takashi Adachi, Section Chief, Area Social Welfare and Volunteer Promotion Section, Kyoto Prefectural Social Welfare Council

Takashi Adachi, Section Chief, Area Social Welfare and Volunteer Promotion Section, Kyoto Prefectural Social Welfare Council

I would like to express my great appreciation for the efforts your foundation has made since 1985 to promote active participation of the elderly in society and support local communities by subsidizing welfare programs for the elderly.

In recent years, the environment surrounding the region has changed rapidly, and the issues faced by local residents have become more complex and complicated, making it difficult to address them with the existing support system alone.

The revised Social Welfare Act (2020) aims to create a “community symbiosis society” in which everyone, regardless of whether they are “supporters” or “supported,” has a role and purpose in life and works together to create an inclusive community, beyond the boundaries of systems and fields. To realize a community symbiosis society, it is important to create places for people to live and connect with their community and to foster an inclusive community culture that respects diversity. To this end, municipality-based welfare activities are ever more important.

The organizations in Kyoto Prefecture that have received subsidies from your foundation have been promoting various activities, including salon activities to help elderly people lead more fulfilling lives through interaction, fitness exercises, crime prevention, and preventive care activities, in order to create a community where everyone feels comfortable and a system for people to help each other in the community.

Our Council will continue working to achieve its basic principles: To create a society where everyone can live with dignity while connecting with others. We sincerely ask for your continued support of these community welfare efforts.

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 FY2021, the Foundation provided a total of 9.29 million yen in assistance to Indonesia for things such as educational materials for schools, scholarships for 300 students, and 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 two-month Japanese language program in Japan. This training is usually study abroad training in Japan, but in FY2021 the training was conducted online as participants were unable to come to Japan due to the spread of COVID-19. The training in Japan will be postponed and is planned to be conducted in the autumn of 2021, although the training period will be shortened.

In Malaysia, the Foundation provided assistance totaling 4.02 million yen for a range of programs, including experimental research being conducted at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and for scholarships to 12 students. Total assistance over the 28 years since the establishment of the foundation in 1992 is now approximately 552 million yen. A total of 9,870 people have received scholarships, while the number of subsidized research themes comes to 404.

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

In the 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 FY2021

    Total Assistance Provided from FY1993 though FY2021

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

FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Educational materials 3,286 2,512 1,878 1,873 1,760
Experimental research 5,506 5,888 5,401 5,172 5,049
Scholarships 8,289 8,483 6,558 8,092 7,737
Training 6,577 4,592 3,212 3,175 371
Total 23,657 21,475 17,049 18,311 14,917

Support for an industrial human resource development project in East Timor in cooperation with JICA

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 FY2021, the seventh year since the project's inception, a combined scholarship of 1.61 million yen was granted to 30 students studying at the National University of Timor-Leste, as was done in the previous years.

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, it is expected that the project to enhance the understanding of those in East Timor involved in the project regarding Japan's business, industry and academia. The Foundation 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.

Ceremony for scholarship presentation,held at the National University of Timor-Leste

Ceremony for scholarship presentation,
held at the National University of Timor-Leste


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