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The Yokochi Fund
The Yokochi Fund, officially called the Chihiro and Kiyoko Yokochi Fund, was established in January 1999 through a donation by Chihiro Yokochi, M. D., Emeritus Professor of Anatomy of the Kanagawa Dental College, Yokosuka, Japan in memory of his beloved wife, the late Kiyoko Yokochi, who died in September 1995. It was her wish to organize a scholarship program for German medical researchers. The aim of the fund is to promote a special program to financially support young German researchers who wish to pursue basic medical research in medical schools, dental schools or institutes in Japan.
From February 2000 to the end of March 2019, the Yokochi Fund in The Ichiro Kanehara Foundation has granted subsidies to 25 people including one who is scheduled to receive the subsidy beginning in May 2019. The total subsidy amount over this nearly two-decade period is expected to be 83,870,000 yen. This achievement is the result of support and cooperation of all concerned parties. We are sure that the Yokochi Fund Scholarship has been a very useful program for those studying in Japan from research institutes in Germany, and we are convinced that the long-nurtured hope of Dr. Chihiro Yokochi and Mrs. Kiyoko Yokocho was fulfilled in the creation of the Yokochi Fund and its successful operation over many years.
In accordance with the intention expressed by Prof. Yokochi, the founder, applications for the Yokochi Fund Scholarhip program have been closed as of the 31st day of March 2019 – 20 years after the establishment of the program. The Yokochi Fund will terminate its role as soon as the subsidy for those who are currently financially approved is completed. The Ichiro Kanehara Foundation would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone concerned for their efforts and cooperation over the years.