About the Foundation

Introduction Video of Masason Foundation
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, SBG and its portfolio companies cover a range of technologies, including advanced telecommunications, internet services, AI, smart robotics, IoT and clean energy. In May 2017, SBG announced the first major close of the SoftBank Vision Fund to support the transformational companies at the forefront of the Information Revolution.

Mr. Son is also Chairman of SoftBank Corp. (the domestic telecommunications subsidiary of SBG), Director of Z Holdings Corporation, which owns Yahoo Japan Corporation, and Chairman and Director of the world’s leading semiconductor IP company, Arm Limited. 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.

About Foundation

Name
Masason Foundation
Established
December 5, 2016
Location
1-23-21 Shibuya, Shibuya-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 | Chairman of the Board, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.
Fumihiro Aono | Executive Vice President and CHRO, SoftBank Corp.
Councilors
Yoshiharu Habu | Professional shogi player
Hiromitsu Kumada, M.D. | Federation of National Public Personal Mutual Aid Associations Toranomon Hospital
Philipp Rickenbacher | Chief Executive Officer, Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd.
Koji Nagai | Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nomura Holdings, Inc.
Yoshifumi Kobayashi | Attorney at Law, KOBAYASHI YOSHIFUMI LAW OFFICE
Taizo Son | Founder, Mistletoe Japan, Inc
Auditors
Ryota Miura | Attorney at law : Miura & Partners Legal Profession Corporation (LPC)
Makiko Fuse | YAMADA Consulting Group Co.,Ltd. Director

About Members

MEMBERS
219 members
AGE DISTRIBUTION (As of July 1, 2020)
Youngest: 9 years old
Oldest: 29 years old
Under 10 years old: 3 (1%)
10 – 19 years old: 80 (37%)
20 – 29 years old: 136 (62%)