The Japan World Exposition 1970 was a great success, with 77 countries participating and 64.22 million people attending. The theme of the Expo was Progress and Harmony for Mankind. With the loss of the natural environment concomitant with the development of science and technology, and reflecting on the record of history with discord between different societies, the Expo was held with the wish of harmonious progress for mankind in the future.
The Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund (JEC FUND) manages part of the earnings of the exposition as a fund. It receives no subsidies from the national government. The earnings from the fund are used to provide financial assistance for different activities, including cultural, scholarly, and intellectual efforts in Japan and abroad. From 1971 to the present it has provided 18,639 million yen to 4,224 projects.
JEC FUND will continue to contribute in the future to society with the wish to achieve the harmonious progress of mankind and build a richer living environment.
In addition to providing financial support to cultural and artistic activities that are conducted in Japan by groups active in Japan, the JEC FUND supports the following activities in Japan and overseas that contribute to promoting international understanding.
1. Activities contributing to international exchange and amity
The fund supports different activities for international exchange and amity, including human interaction, artistic performances, and art exhibits in Japan and overseas. It also contributes to building Japanese gardens and culture centers overseas.
2.International activities related to scholarship, education, medical care, health and hygiene, and social welfare
The fund supports different activities for scholarship, education, medical care, health and hygiene, and social welfare, including international scholastic conferences, the purchase of Japanese-language teaching materials overseas, and the purchase of books related to Japan.
3.International activities for protecting nature and for preserving the human environment
The fund supports different activities protecting nature and for preserving the human environment, such as building nature protection centers and museums overseas, and conducting international conferences related to environmental issues.
The fund accepts applications every year for financial assistance for activities that will be conducted within the year from September to April of the following year.
For details about obtaining application forms and the application method, groups located outside of Japan should inquire at the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate.
※Groups in Japan should refer to this Japanese-language