About the Foundation

Objectives

Supporting youth who will create the future
Providing an environment that enables youth with high aspirations and exceptional talents to develop their skills, and contributing to the future of humankind

Activities

The Foundation conducts the following programs.

  1. Scholarships for those who create the future
  2. Management of facilities to help foster those who create the future
  3. Support for environments that help foster those who create the future
  4. Holding meetings and events that enable those supported by the Foundation to meet and interact with employed persons
  5. Support for researchers and research institutions that will contribute to the further development of civilization
  6. Other activities that enable organizations to meet their goals

Profile of the founder

Masayoshi Son

Masayoshi Son is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of SoftBank Group Corp (SBG), a global technology company that aspires to drive the Information Revolution. Founded in 1981 initially as a PC software distribution business, SBG and its portfolio of companies have expanded to cover a range of technologies, including advanced telecommunications, internet services, AI, smart robotics, IoT and clean energy.

Mr Son has overseen investments in some of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies. In May 2017, SoftBank announced the first major close of the SoftBank Vision Fund, with over $93 billion of committed capital to support the transformational companies at the forefront of the Information Revolution. Through these investments, and the continued evolution of its operating companies, SBG is transforming from a telecommunications carrier into a strategic holding company. Mr Son serves on the Vision Fund’s Investment Committee and is actively engaged in advancing SoftBank’s cluster of No.1 technology strategies.

Alongside his responsibilities at SBG, Mr Son is Chairman of SoftBank Corp. (the domestic telecommunications subsidiary of SBG), Director of Yahoo Japan Corporation, Director of Alibaba Group Holding Limited and Chairman of Sprint Corporation, the US communications services company. He also serves as Chairman and Director of the world’s leading semiconductor IP company, Arm Limited, which SoftBank acquired in September 2016.

Following the Great East Japan earthquake of March 11, 2011, Mr Son founded the Renewable Energy Council, the Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Initiatives Foundation and the Renewable Energy Institute. In December 2016, the Masason Foundation was established to provide an environment that enables youth with high aspirations and exceptional talents to develop their skills, and to support those who will create the future in the coming age of Singularity.

About Foundation

Name
Masason Foundation
Established
December 5, 2016
Location
1-9-1 Higashi-shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Executives

Directors
President
Masayoshi Son | SoftBank Group Representative
Vice President
Shinya Yamanaka | Director/Professor of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University, Japan
Directors
Makoto Gonokami | President, The University of Tokyo
Yasuhiro Sato | Chairman, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
Takeshi Kunibe | Director President and Group CEO; Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.
Fumihiro Aono | Executive Vice President and CHRO & CCO, SoftBank Corp.
Councilors
Yoshiharu Habu | Professional shogi player
Hiromitsu Kumada, M.D. | Federation of National Public Personal Mutual Aid Associations Toranomon Hospital
Bernhard Hodler | Chief Executive Officer, Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd.
Koji Nagai | President and Group CEO, Nomura Holdings, Inc.
Yoshifumi Kobayashi | Attorney at Law, KOBAYASHI YOSHIFUMI LAW OFFICE
Taizo Son | Founder, Mistletoe, Inc.
Auditors
Junichiro Yamada | Honorary Chairman, Founder, Yamada & Partners Certified Public Tax Accountants' Co.
Naoto Nakamura | Attorney at Law; NAKAMURA, TSUNODA & MATSUMOTO

About Members

MEMBERS
145 members
AGE COMPOSITION (AS OF AUGUST 2018)
Youngest: 7 years old
Oldest: 27 years old
8 – 9 years old: 4 scholars (3%)
10 – 19 years old: 57 scholars (39%)
20 – 29 years old: 84 scholars (58%)