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Japanese language research fellowship; buy lip balm for charity

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Research fellowship

Hakuho Foundation, a public interest incorporated foundation, is accepting applications for the eighth Hakuho Japanese Language Research Fellowship Program.

To nurture rich human qualities in children — tomorrow’s leaders — Hakuho Foundation supports child education, particularly in the areas of language and culture, through such initiatives as the Hakuho Award for outstanding child educators, the Hakuho Research Grant for Child Education, the Hakuho Japanese Language Research Fellowship Program and the Hakuho Scheme for a Global Children’s Japanese Language Network.

The Hakuho Japanese Language Research Fellowship Program aims to enhance the fundamentals of research into and instruction of the Japanese language, and to promote the deepening and application of practical use of such research both in Japan and abroad by inviting leading international researchers to Japan to conduct research as residents.

Eligible researchers are those who are engaged in research into the Japanese language or Japanese-language instruction, university professors or associate professors with outstanding research results, or other persons with equivalent research backgrounds. Japanese nationals who have resided outside of Japan for 10 years or more and are active in the academic community of their country of residence will also be considered. They should be able to visit Japan alone since the grant is intended for researchers and accompanying family members cannot be accommodated.

Applications are accepted through Oct. 31, and the result will be announced in mid-January.

For more information or application forms, visit www.hakuhodo.co.jp/foundation/english.

CHARITIES

Lip balm campaign

The Body Shop, a British cosmetics manufacturer and retailer, has set up a new charity campaign under the company’s charity foundation called the Body Shop Foundation and will offer a special lip balm starting Sept. 14 at its shops in Japan.

The Body Shop Foundation is the Body Shop International PLC’s charitable trust, which supports innovative projects for social and environmental change.

The new lip balm is called Dragon Fruit Lip Butter and 100 percent of the profits from purchases will be divided between four selected charities. For every purchase people make in-store, they will get one token, which they can use to vote for the charity they would like to support. Three-quarters of the profits will be split across three charities, Japan Anti-Vivisection Association (JAVA) for animal protection, Polaris Project Japan for the protection of human rights and Sendai Honey Bee Project for conservation of the environment, and voting determines which charity will receive the highest percentage of the donation. The remaining 25 percent will go to the Body Shop Foundation.

The limited edition lip balm is available for ¥525 including tax and the profit is ¥100 each.

For more information, visit www.thebodyshop.com .