President's Greeting



Akiko Agishi


and President

My heartfel THANKS to all the friends & longtime supporters of Aurora Foundadation through our 20 ysars.


 I am truly delighted and grateful to have reached this wonderful milestone. 

This year, in appreciation of their longtime dedication to and support of the Aurora Foundation, George Sugimoto, Yoshihiko Masuda and Fujitsu Frontech North America, Inc. are receiving the International Ambassador Awards.  It gives me great pleasure to celebrate this significant anniversary with them and with so many of our supporters, sponsors, volunteers, and friends.


Milestone events such as this are times for looking back. Twenty years ago I was commemorating the 25th anniversary of my production company, Creative Enterprise International.  On the occasion of celebrating two and a half decades in the international entertainment/production industry, I reflected on the fact that it was due to my fortunate experience of coming to Los Angeles as a Fulbright Scholar that set in motion all the events that led up to that red-letter day.  I felt a deep appreciation for the many benefits which that scholarship brought me and was strongly inspired and determined to share and spread those benefits.  This was the motivation, the small seed that grew into the Aurora Foundation.


Since that start, our Foundation has persevered and grown. 

In the past twenty years our Aurora scholarships have sent sixty eight recipients to Japan and now we are proud to honor our three 2018 recipients;Vera Hanaoka, Japan Language Scholarship winner; John Nyboer, the Aurora Challange Grant recipient; Jessica Yoon, the All USA High School Speech Contest winner.  These are our Aurora ambassadors, our ambassadors of good will and great possibilities.


As we move into our third decade of service to the mission of the Aurora Foundation, we are mindful of today’s changing aspects of Japanese language education in the United States.  My fellow board members and I realize the value of exploring new directions and looking at fresh approaches that can further our long-term goals and enable us to deepen and enrich the Aurora scholarship experience.


It is especially meaningful to me to share this celebration with Masashi Sada who graciously gave his support to us twenty years ago at our very first Aurora Benefit Event and is with us again to complete this full circle of time. Over the past two decades he has always been a great source of support and he now serves a honorary chairman on the Aurora board.  I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to each and everyone who has given of their time and effort to help the Aurora Foundation.  Your continued support and advocacy endow us with encouragement, with inspiration, and with the determination to persevere in our efforts.