Our Aim

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation seeks to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the UK and Japan through financial support for activities in a number of fields, from Arts and Culture to Humanities and Social Issues, from Japanese Language and Sport and Education, from Science and Technology to Medicine and Health.

The Foundation’s Head Office is in London and there is a Liaison Office in Tokyo.

The London office has three annual deadlines for their awards, and the Tokyo office has two annual deadlines. For further details on our grants, please click here.

The next London deadline for applications for our regular grants is 31st March 2020 for consideration in May 2020.

The next Tokyo deadline for applications is 28th February 2020 for consideration in April 2020.


Recently Funded

  • The 2020 WG Beasley Memorial Lecture at SOAS, University of London will be given by Professor Naofumi Nakamura (University of Tokyo) on ‘Crisis thinking in regional Japan: Responses to Depopulation, Industrial Restructuring and Natural Disasters in Post-war Era – the case study of Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture’, 4th March 2020.
  • Turning Points: Takemitsu, a concert performed by London Sinfonietta focused on Tōru Takemitsu, with musical performances, film and discussion, 26th April 2020, Kings Place, London.
  • Exhibition Taki Katei: Japanese Drawings is the first-ever exhibition of his work outside of Japan, World Museum, Liverpool, 4th October 2019 – 13th April 2020.
  • Exquisite Patterns: Japanese Textile Design, a free exhibition at The British Library of kimono designs from their collection of Japanese pattern books, 14th February – 17th May 2020.
  • Japan: Courts and Culture for the first time brings together highlights from the Royal Collection of the exchanges between British and Japanese royal and imperial families in an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 12th June – 8th November 2020.
  • The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020‘s theme this year is ‘Happiness is A State of Mind: Joy and Despair in Japanese Cinema’ with 20 films being shown at 22 locations across the UK, 31st January – 29th March 2020.
  • Performance art collective Mountain / Full Edition appear at Counterflows festival, taking place at venues around Glasgow, 2nd – 5th April 2020.

More information on projects funded by the Foundation can be found in our Annual Reports.

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation is not responsible for the content of external websites.

The Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20 is a series of wide-ranging activities to celebrate and encourage relations between the two countries.
Please click the logo below to find out more.