Make a Wish of Japan


Make-A-Wish of Japan was founded as an official affiliate of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® International in December, 1992. Make-A-Wish of Japan follows the bylaws and regulations set forth in policy by the Make-A-Wish Foundation® International. Make-A-Wish of Japan, like the other international affiliates, must support all of its endeavors and wishes without financial assistance from the Make-A-Wish Foundation® International.

Make-A-Wish activities in Japan started in 1992. Susan Albright, a physical therapist then living in Okinawa, wished to start Make-A-Wish activities in Japan, as she had been moved by "the bright eyes of children who have their own dreams despite having to cope with illness." In 1994, Make-A-Wish of Japan relocated its headquarters to Tokyo and is now active throughout Japan with branches all over the country.

Make-A-Wish of Japan officially received its status as a regular foundation on Jan. 5, 2009. Unlike most other countries, a foundation status is far more difficult and time-consuming to obtain, though recent changes in the law have made it easier than before.

In 1993, a child's wish to visit an amusement park was granted by Make-A-Wish of Japan. It has helped to grant many wonderful wishes, such as "I want to swim with wild dolphins." "I want to fight together with Ultraman the Great." "I want to touch a Hercules Beetle, the largest beetle in the world." "I want to play with Santa Claus," etc.

Make-A-Wish volunteers do not simply "grant" wishes, but are the catalysts who make wishes come true by bringing together and coordinating everything necessary to allow a child's wish to come true. As we join forces with the child and her or his parents, the precious experience of fulfilled a wish becomes reality. If the experience of being granted a wish gives a child the strength to live for tomorrow, how wonderful it will be!

Make-A-Wish of Japan will do everything in its power to grant as many of the children's wishes as possible and to see their beautiful smiles


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