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Background of the Establishment of the Foundation

The York-Benimaru Foundation was established in memory of Yoshio Ohtaka, founder of York-Benimaru Co., Ltd., who passed away on September 23,1980. Throughout his life, Mr. Ohtaka believed that all business ventures should ultimately contribute to the greater good, and that the nurturing of human resources is the key to the progress of both commerce and society. To achieve that goal, he began sending employees abroad annually in the 1950's to foster in them a global perspective. His heirs established the foundation so that his vision for a generation of truly cosmopolitan Japanese could be realized.


The Foundation's Programs

Since 1985, as its main program, the foundation has sent high school students from Fukushima prefecture on 30th International Exchange Programs, with a total of 769 participants (700 students and 69 teachers). In addition, the foundation began the International Exchange Program for Manitoba Youths in 1989, and has invited a total of 209 participants (180 high school ・ college students, and 29 chaperones) from the Manitoba 4-H Club on 14 programs, which take place every other year.


Sponsoring Organization

The Foundation is supported by York-Benimaru Co., Ltd., which has more than seventy years of experience in the Tohoku region of Japan, and operated 224 supermarkets as of September 2018, in Fukushima, Miyagi, Yamagata, Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures.

List of Exectives

Trustees of the Foundation

Chairman Zenko Ohtaka
(Chairman, York-Benimaru Co., Ltd.)
Trustee Chieko Honda
(Homemaker)
Vice-Chairman Takehiko Abe
(Chairman, Fukushima Prefecture Association of Senior High School Principals)
Trustee Shintaro Kikuchi
(Principal, Kikuchi Clinic)
Vice-Chairman Yoshio Yamada
(President, Fukushima Family Co., Ltd.)
Trustee Aiichiro Ohtaka
(SEVEN & i HLDGS. Co., Ltd.)
Trustee Ryo Mori
(Chairman, Fukushima Prefecture Association of Private Secondary Schools)
Trustee Yukio Mafune
(President, York-Benimaru Co., Ltd.)
Trustee Fusako Sato
(Homemaker)
Trustee Masataka Seino
(Former Director, York-Benimaru Co., Ltd.)

Councilors of the Foundation

Councilor Kiyonori Ito
(President, Mutsu TEC Consultant Co., Ltd.)
Councilor Takashi Misawa
(Director, York-Benimaru Co., Ltd.)
Councilor Takenori Imaizumi
(Vice-President, Imaizumi Gakuen Educational Corporation)
Councilor Masami Kumada
(Adviser, Lifefoods Co., Ltd.)
Councilor Yoko Takahashi
(Director, Aoimado Kodomo atelier)
Councilor Toshiaki Nakano
(General Maneger, York-Benimaru Co, Ltd.)

Auditors of the Foundaion

Auditor Katsunori Hashimoto
(President, Hashimoto-Katsunori Certified Tax Accountant Office)
Auditor Takashi Saito
(Auditor, York-Benimaru Co., Ltd.)

Links

York-Benimaru Co., Ltd.
Manitoba Agriculture
4-H in Manitoba
A.C.E.