Medicine and social Welfare

Medical sector

Shoriki Welfare Foundation

The Yomiuri Shimbun has a reputation for particular strength in the field of medicine. This goes beyond our coverage of the subject in newspapers and includes the Yomiuri Group's Shoriki Kosei-kai (welfare foundation), which offers support to Japanese patients and their families. It is a public foundation that takes its name from Matsutaro Shoriki (1885-1969), the former head of The Yomiuri Shimbun. In its earlier incarnation, the foundation's activities focused on donating wheelchairs to welfare facilities.Currently, the foundation offers grants to cancer organizations and patients so they can utilize medical facilities and improve their quality of life. It also hosts the Cancer Treatment Forum and holds hospital concerts for people receiving cancer treatment.

The Shoriki Kosei-kai hosts the cancer treatment forum at sites including the National Cancer Center.
The Shoriki Kosei-kai offers support to Japanese patients. In this file photo, cancer patients encourage each other by gathering together.

Yomiuri Clinic

The Yomiuri Clinic at the Yomiuri Shimbun Building in Otemachi, Tokyo, is open to the public and provides medical services to the community. Its history dates back to the Yomiuri infirmary founded in 1929.

Social welfare

Yomiuri Light and Humanity Association

The social welfare body of the Yomiuri Shimbun Group, the Yomiuri Light and Humanity Association, supports the disabled and disaster victims. The association collected \2.9 billion in donations following the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake to support victims of that disaster. Other projects include grants to organizations that employ the disabled, allowing them to receive better wages, and the offering of corneal transplants for patients whose sight can only be restored through that procedure. The association also operates an elderly care facility in Kawasaki, Kanazawa Prefecture.

The eye bank card operated by the Yomiuri Light and Humanity Association
The eye bank card operated by the Yomiuri Light and Humanity Association

Yomikaki-no-mori nursery

The Yomikaki-no-mori nursery for children under school age is located in the Yomiuri Shimbun building in Otemachi, Tokyo. It is available both to employees of the Yomiuri Shimbun Group and employees from partnering nearby companies. Founded in 2014, this was the first nursery in Japan to be established within the offices of a newspaper company.

The Yomikaki-no-mori nursery features warm wood tones.
The Yomikaki-no-mori nursery features warm wood tones.

Medicine and social welfare awards

Seeking to improve the quality of Japan's medicine and social welfare, we confer awards on individuals and groups performing outstanding work. The Iryo Koro-sho (achievement in medicine award), established in 1972, recognizes Japanese medical practitioners who have made long-term contributions to healthcare in Japan's remote mountain regions and islands, as well as developing countries overseas. The Yomiuri Fukushi Bunka-sho (welfare and culture prize), established in 2003, recognizes individuals and groups for their achievements in supporting the disabled and elderly.