A Better Future for the Planet Earth

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About the Foundation & Afterword (2012-2016)


The Asahi Glass Foundation strives to contribute to the creation of a society that can transmit the genuine wealth of human civilization by supporting advanced research in the fields of science and technology and by recognizing efforts to solve environmental issues that call for global solutions.


1. Research Grant Program

Grants are awarded to researchers at universities in Japan and in Thailand and Indonesia. To date, the Foundation has awarded ¥9.8 billion in research grants for approximately 7,900 projects.

2. Commendation Program

Awarding of the Blue Planet Prize, an international environmental award, and the annual survey on the global environment, have been conducted since 1992. Based on the results of the survey, the Environmental Doomsday Clock is reset every year.


The Asahi Glass Foundation was established in 1933 as the Asahi Foundation for Chemical Industry Promotion, to commemorate the 25th anniversary (in 1932) of the founding of Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. Over most of its first half-century, the Foundation focused primarily on fostering research in the field of applied chemistry.

In 1990, the foundation undertook an overall redesign of its programs, expanding the scope of its activities and establishing its commendation program. At the same time it was renamed the Asahi Glass Foundation. Since then, the activities of the foundation have focused on its grant-awarding and commendation programs.


1933 The Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. donated \500 thousand and established the Asahi Foundation for Chemical Industry Promotion.
1934 The Asahi Foundation for Chemical Industry Promotion recognized as a nonprofit organization and its basic endowment increased to \1 million.
The Foundation began providing research grants to university researchers in the field of applied chemistry.
1945 Last grants were awarded for the year prior to all activities being suspended at the end of World War II.
1955 Research grant program restarted.
1961 The Foundation changes its name to the Asahi Glass Foundation for Industrial Technology.
1982 The Foundation started a research grant program for Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
1988 The Foundation started a research grant program for Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia.
1990 To support the expansion of its activities, the Foundation made a full revision of its article of association and changes its name to the Asahi Glass Foundation.
1992 Awarding the Blue Planet Prize awards commenced.
Annual survey Questionnaire on Environmental Problems and the Survival of Humankind started. 
1997 The Foundation issued A Better Future for the Planet Earth, a publication commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Blue Planet Prize.
2002 Published Toward the Future of the Blue Planet -10-Year History of the Blue Planet Prize.
10th Anniversary commemorative lectures Toward the Future of the Blue Planet held.
2006 Special Round Table Conference on Global Environment Problems started.
2009 Published Our Vision: Conditions for Survival (in Japanese and English, successively in Chinese through 2011).
The Foundation transitioned into a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation.
2010 The Kondo Grant, an environmental research grant program commenced.
Published Conditions for Survival - Toward a Solar Energy-Based Society Full of Vibrant Life (in Japanese and English) and its popular edition containing the abstract summary in Japanese.
2011 Publication of Conditions for Survival in other languages (Chinese and Korean in 2011, and Arabic in 2012) started.
Symposium Conditions for Survival held.
2012 The Foundation started research grant program for King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand.
The Blue Planet Prize laureates jointly presented a paper titled Environment and Development Challenges: The Imperative to Act.
Published Environment and Development Challenges: The Imperative to Act.
2017 +25 years commemorative conference of the establishment of The Blue Planet Prize held.

Financial Information

Statements of Changes in Financial Position (Million Yen)

FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Basic endowment 23,002 21,449 25,722 21,196 29,299
Special & other assets 2,752 2,840 3,173 2,902 3,608
Total (Net Worth) 25,754 24,290 28,894 24,097 32,906


A Quest for Securing the Blue Planet

Directors and Councillors

February, 2018


Kazuhiko Ishimura Chairman & Representative Director, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.
Senior Executive Director
Kunihiko Adachi Former Deputy General Manager, Technology Office of Glass Company, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.
Yoshiki Chujo Professor, Kyoto University
Yoshihiro Hayashi President/ Director General, National Museum of Nature and Science; Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Kimihiko Hirao Director, RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science; Former Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo
Hiroshi Ishiwara Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tisato Kajiyama Chairman, Board of Trustees, and President Fukuoka Women's University; Professor Emeritus, Former President, Kyushu University
Shinichi Kawakami Exective Offiser, General Manager, General Affairs Division Asahi Glass Co.,Ltd.
Yukiharu Kodama President, The Mechanical Social Systems Foundation; Former Administrative Vice-minister of International Trade and Industry
Takamitsu Kumasaka Chairman & CEO, THE SANKEI SHIMBUN
Keisuke Kutira Former President, Seikei University
Masayoshi Mishina Professor, Ritsumeikan University; Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Hideo Miyahara Professor Emeritus, former President, Osaka University;
Akio Morishima Director General, Japan Environment Association; Professor Emeritus, Nagoya University
Ryoji Noyori Director-General, Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency
Kenjiro Omura Professor Emeritus, University of Tsukuba
Takuya Shimamura Member of the Board, President & CEO, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.
Sawako Shirahase Professor, The University of Tokyo
Katsuhiko Shirai Honorary Advisor, Waseda University
Hiroshi Yoshikawa Professor, Rissho University; Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Principal Fellow, Japan Science and Technology Agency; 
Hiroyuki Yoshikawa Member of Japan Academy; Former President, Science Council of Japan;
Former President, The University of Tokyo
Katsunori Nagayasu Senior Advisor, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.. 
Takashi Terashima Former Corporate Auditor, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.
Tatsuo Wakabayashi Chairman, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation


The Blue Planet Prize was established in 1992, the year of the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, and celebrated its 25th year in 2017.

Over these past 25 years, awareness around the world about global environmental issues has increased, and the ranking of countries influencing the global environment has also changed with China becoming the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide.

While seeking international agreement to preserve the global environment, it has deteriorated. It’s true that we could not move quickly because of the time it takes to coordinate among countries, but this does not mean that we are completely lost, as Professor Robert Watson told us at the 25th anniversary symposium held on September 8, 2017.

Many countries recognized the critical phase of the global environment, which prompted them to sign the Paris Agreement in 2015. Although within two years, the United States stated its intention to withdraw from the agreement, all of the other signatories, including China, the largest carbon dioxide emitter, have remained.

Even in the United States, some states and cities made the announcement that they would follow the agreement. This shows that awareness about the global environmental issues has been shared beyond the boundaries of international politics.

Over the past 25 years, people around the world have cooperated in solving global environmental issues as individuals.

The Asahi Glass Foundation is also working harder in the hope that the Blue Planet Prize will contribute to such activities to save the global environment.

Kunihiko Adachi
Senior Executive Director,
Asahi Glass Foundation

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