Philippine Ambassador Witnesses the Ceremonial Handover of MUFG’s Donation Letter to AFSJ to Benefit Filipino Students in Japan

28 August 2020 – Ambassador Jose C. Laurel V of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo witnessed the ceremonial handover of the letter of donation from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) to the Association of Filipino Students in Japan (AFSJ) during an online ceremony held on 28 August 2020.

Left Side: Mr. Takayoshi Futae of MUFG; Middle: Amb. Jose C. Laurel V (Online as shown on the Screen);Right Side: AFSJ Officers (L-R): Mr. Patrick Razo, Mr. Christian Kalaw, Ms. Ea Kristine Tulin, and Mr. Clyde Co Soriano (Photo Courtesy of AFSJ)

MUFG was represented by Mr. Takayoshi Futae, Member of the Board, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Chief Executive, Global Commercial Banking Business Unit and Chief Operating Officer – International, Mr. Akira Watanabe, Managing Director and Deputy Head of Corporate Planning Division, Mr. Kanji Nishiyama, Director, Global Commercial Banking Planning Division, and Vice President Ayano Sato, Corporate Planning Division.

On the other hand, AFSJ was led by its President, Mr. Patrick Razo, with Mr. Christian Kalaw, Vice President for Internal Affairs, Ms. Ea Kristine Tulin, Vice President for Alumni Affairs, and Mr. Clyde Co Soriano, Vice President for Socio-Cultural Affairs.

The Embassy presented Certificates of Appreciation to MUFG and AFSJ during the same online ceremony on 28 August 2020. This is in recognition of MUFG’s generous donation and AFSJ’s continued support for Filipino students. MUFG has collaborated with AFSJ for assistance in implementing the program and distributing the donation to the concerned Filipino students.

(Photo of Amb. Jose C. Laurel V reading the citations on the Certificates of Appreciation for MUFG and AFSJ)

In his message, Ambassador Laurel mentioned that it is very fortunate that Filipino community continues to receive such donations and support for international students from the Philippines who are having financial difficulty due to the Covid-19 situation in Japan. The Embassy looks forward to AFSJ’s updates on their current batch of students receiving assistance as well as on the plans in the coming months for the remaining donation.

MUFG is a Japanese financial services company with headquarters in Tokyo. MUFG bank was established in 2006 through the merger of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and UFJ Bank.
It has offices in Japan and in 40 other countries including a Manila Branch located in Makati City.

MUFG has supported investment and business activity in the Philippines, both through their Manila Branch and their local partner, Security Bank Corporation (SBC). MUFG continues to be grateful to the Philippine Government for its ongoing assistance in their endeavors in the country. They also hope to contribute to the development of economy of the Philippines.