Since 2006, AEON 1% Club Foundation has helped university and graduate school students in Asia achieve their dreams through providing scholarship. Including 164 Thai students, the program has supported a total of 4,393 Asian students, of which 562 are studying in Japan. They are expected to serve as a bridge between Thailand and Japan.
A scholarship student makes a thank you speech
AEON scholarship granting ceremony in Thailand
Students in discussion
Asia Youth Leaders program brings together students from Japan and other Asian countries to address environmental and social issues of the host country. Through discussing how to cope with the issue among multinational team members with different cultural back ground, the students not only deepen their understanding about the issue but also diversity of values. The program is finalized by the students presenting a proposal to the host city’s government. Starting in 2010, the program has been held each year in a different country, with overall participation of 534 students from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, and China. From Thailand, 90 students have participated in the program.
The Teenage Ambassadors program is an exchange activity designed to promote mutual understanding among high school students from Japan and those overseas. Through a week-long program in which students make courtesy visits to the host country’s government and embassies, attend classes at local school and experience homestay, the program offers opportunities for students to build friendship as well as cultivating international perspective. So far, 2,052 high school students from 17 countries have participated in the program. The program was held twice with participation of 100 Thai and Japanese students.
High school students visiting Japan from Thailand
Planting trees in Thailand
Since its establishment in 1990, AEON Environmental Foundation has been engaged in forestation activities in various parts of Asia. In Thailand, the foundation planted a total of 140,500 trees with local citizens over the period from 1995 to 2007. In 2013, the total number of the trees planted through our forestation effort in Japan and overseas, including those through AEON Hometown Forests project, a tree planting activity conducted at the opening of our retail stores, exceeded 10 million.