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Around the globe, Panasonic has established many foundations and scholarship programs to promote education, the development of global leaders, the advancement of science and technology as well as coexistence with the natural environment.
Inaugurated in 1983 with the support of Panasonic's founder- Konosuke Matsushita, the Foundation aims to promote the development and dissemination of science and technology by awarding the prestigious Japan Prize, holding seminars open to the general public on latest scientific and technological developments and providing research grants to young scientists.
Referred to as Japan's Nobel Prize, the Japan Prize is presented annually to scientists and researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology as well as to the promotion of peace and the prosperity of mankind.
Established in October 1968, on the centennial anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, by Panasonic founder Konosuke Matsushita, the institution aims to preserve and maintain historical monuments and sites located in the Ryozen hill of graves, where participants in the Meiji Restoration movement are enshrined, as well as to pass on the spirit of the pioneers who built the foundation for a modern Japan to subsequent generations, especially young people.
To fulfill its mission, the institution established and currently manages the Ryozen Museum of History dedicated to the Meiji Restoration and the end of the Tokugawa shogunate and is promoting activities to help many visitors learn from the leading spirit of forerunners.