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 is 15th September 2021 for consideration in November 2021.

The next Tokyo deadline for applications is 30th September 2021 for consideration in October 2021.


  • Tōhoku: Ten Years On

On 11th March 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami devastated the Tōhoku region, as well as leading to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. A decade later, we remember the thousands of lives lost and our thoughts are with all those who have been affected. The Japan Society has compiled a list of events taking place to commemorate the disaster. Also, The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta has released a video reflecting on their experiences of the tragic events and how music and international concert performances with Keys of Change have helped them since.

  • Change of CEO

Message from Brendan Griggs, CEO until November 2020

It has been a pleasure and a great privilege to have led the Foundation over the past four and a half years. I am most grateful to all our partners and friends for their support and encouragement in recent years: it has been truly inspiring to work with you all in making such a significant contribution to the Japan-UK relationship. I am delighted that the Board of Trustees has appointed Jenny White as my successor. Jenny comes to us with a range of experience in cultural relations from her time with the British Council (including a lengthy period in Japan). She has a strong interest in Japanese contemporary culture, as well as in sustainability and innovation. I am confident that she will make a significant contribution to the development of the Foundation’s work in the coming years.

CEO Jenny White writes:

I am delighted and honoured to be joining the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and continuing the excellent work of my predecessor. This is truly an international organisation, supporting and celebrating what can be achieved when people connect and share culture and ideas. I am very much looking forward to working with my colleagues, our Trustees and partners to develop these connections to make a real difference in UK-Japan relations and help find solutions to some of the many global challenges we face today.

Recently Funded

  • “Reinventing Texture” by Toshiki Hirano is the experimental Japan pavilion for London Design Biennale, Somerset House, 1st – 27th June 2021. Curated by Clare Farrow Studio and partnered by MA Interior Design at the Royal College of Art and MSCTY Studio.
  • House of the Setting Sun is a programme of events by Lakeland Arts, Cumbria, celebrating artistic exchange between Britain and Japan, including an exhibition ‘The Lure of the Floating World: Japan and its enduring influence’, 18th May – 10th October 2021.
  • Japanese video artist Meiro Koizumi is shortlisted for the Artes Mundi 9 Prize, with his work to be exhibited as part of the Artes Mundi 9 exhibition in Cardiff, along with five other international artists, 13th February – 6th June 2021.
  • Previously held in London, photographer Fumio Nabata will present ‘Positive Energies’, an exhibition of photographs featuring children with Down’s syndrome, at Shibuya Hikarie 8 / CUBE in Tokyo, 22nd July – 3rd August 2021.
  • Drawing Room in London presents FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer , an exhibition exploring the influence of Hans Bellmer on modern and contemporary artists, including Japanese works by Fuyuko Matsui, Kumi Machida and Tabaimo, 9th September – 31st October 2021.
  • 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 a forthcoming exhibition expected to open in Spring 2022 at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

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

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The Japan-UK Season of Culture is a series of wide-ranging activities to celebrate and encourage relations between the two countries.
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