October 28, 2017
RASAfs Financial Assistance for Asian Students
Rural Asia Solidarity Association (RASA) is an NGO which is engaged in international cooperation and exchanges with developing countries. Thailand was the country for RASA to have special commitments. RASAfs Financial Assistance is a part of its activities to help Asian students studying in Japan learn more comfortably to attain skills and information for development of their mother countries.
This assistance was initiated with donation made by SANfICHI-KAI, the alumni society of the seminar of Professor KOMATSU Ryuji of the then professor of Keio University, Tokyo in 1985. MTB15, another leading sponsor, joined in 1986. Thereafter many individual and group donors have participated in this assistance program.
This financial assistance, which amounted to one hundred thousand Japanese yen for a student, was designed to avail awardees of some extra expenses, which were not affordable from regular sources of income. RASA and all sponsors wished if awardees could spend this assistance for whatever purposes such as a trip for fun, expensive equipment, a set of books and any other aims fulfilling needs of students which were not easily possible in daily life.
RASAfs Financial Assistance had a policy to serve for students who had difficulties to receive scholarship from other sources. Therefore, it highlighted the under-privileged Asian students studying in Japan, and set special conditions for eligibility for this assistance. More specifically an applicant had to satisfy one of the following conditions:
1) 30 years old or older,
2) A gkenkyu-sei (research student)h or gbekka-sei (student in a special course)h,
3) A refugee or asylum seeker.
RASAfs fund for the financial assistance was exhausted through the assistance made in 2017. Therefore, the fiscal year 2017 is the final year for RASA to conduct this assistance program. RASA is grateful to all people and parties for this program to be materialized for past 33 years.
Since 2003 RASA has released profiles of awardees, as follows. While most of them are written in Japanese, some of awardees wrote a profile in English: