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Scholarship Shortfall Hitting Orphans

TOKYO, Apr 04 (News On Japan) –
The Ashinaga Scholarship Foundation, identified for supporting college students who’ve misplaced their dad and mom, is experiencing its lowest scholarship acceptance charge ever.

Last month, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance donated roughly 15.7 million yen to the muse, raised via varied occasions.

Atsushi Nakamura, Vice President of Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance, expressed his hopes for the donation: “We hope to contribute to improving access to education and supporting the dreams of young people.”

The Ashinaga Scholarship Foundation is a personal nonprofit group that helps youngsters from households the place a guardian has handed away or can not work attributable to sickness or incapacity, primarily via scholarships. Much of its funding comes from donations, and throughout the award ceremony, the appearing president expressed gratitude. However, he additionally highlighted the difficult circumstances dealing with the students.

Acting President Haruji Murata spoke on the difficulty: “In many ways, disparities and poverty are becoming more severe. We had 1,800 applicants for the high school scholarship program for the 2024 academic year but regrettably, we could only accept 800.”

Despite receiving a document 1,800 purposes this 12 months, the muse may provide scholarships to lower than half attributable to a scarcity of funds.

Officials counsel that the rise in candidates in search of help is because of rising costs and lowered family incomes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The basis is intensifying its efforts to solicit donations to stop a rise in non-acceptance.

However, there is a notion that Japan lacks a tradition of donation. Posts on social media mirror this sentiment, stating, “In Japan, making a donation is often criticized as self-promotion or hypocrisy” and “Because the spirit of charity is weak among Japanese, actions are dismissed as hypocritical.”

Source: ANN