The Nippon Foundation, MetLife Launch “Better Life Better Place” Program for the Elderly and Children in Japan (1) [2021/09/24]
With Mr. Dirk Ostijn (right), MetLife Japan Representative Statutory Executive Officer, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, at a press conference to launch “MetLife Foundation x The Nippon Foundation: ‘Better Life Better Place’ for the Elderly and Children” program on September 16, 2021.
The Nippon Foundation and MetLife Insurance K.K. (“MetLife Japan”) have launched “MetLife Foundation x The Nippon Foundation: ‘Better Life Better Place’ for the Elderly and Children” program to develop a total of 12 care facilities for older persons and children across Japan over three years from September 2021.
MetLife Foundation, the philanthropic arm of MetLife, a global provider of insurance and other financial services headquartered in New York, will donate $3.75 million (approx. 400 million yen) to The Nippon Foundation to undertake the project.
Starting this month, the program will begin developing 10 home-like hospice facilities for older persons as well as two “Third Places for Children” that are neither homes nor schools where children raised in challenging environments can spend time after school.
The Nippon Foundation will build and operate these facilities nationwide and MetLife Japan employees will have opportunities to support the facilities and their residents through volunteer programs, including much-needed support for users and care workers and educational and financial empowerment programs for children.
At a press conference to announce the launch at The Nippon Foundation on September 16, Mr. Dirk Ostijn, Japan Representative Statutory Executive Officer, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metlife Japan, said: “MetLife Foundation is delighted to partner with The Nippon Foundation to build a strong, multi-year program to help those in communities where we work and live.”
“With the grant from MetLife Foundation, The Nippon Foundation and volunteers from MetLife Japan, we will all work together to tackle the societal challenges facing the elderly and children in Japan with the aim of building a sustainable society where no one is left behind.”
I said that we were very grateful to receive this donation of more than 400 million yen to be granted over the next three years, in recognition of The Nippon Foundation’s activities to date, adding: “We look forward to working with MetLife Japan and MetLife Foundation to address issues facing older persons and children.”
(To be continued)