ARUN Newsletter No. 36 June 2014

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In This Issue

<1> Foreword 

<2> Series: Partner’s Essay

<3> Series: Book Review

<4> News

<5> Editor’s Note

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<1>Foreword

Thank you for your continual support for ARUN.
ARUN is a Limited Liability Company with 105 investors (private and incorporated).

We support social enterprises in Cambodia through investments, while aiming to build a social investment platform originating in Japan.

Last week, I visited Cambodia and Singapore. In Cambodia, a software engineer who was sent from Japanese company, is working for a social enterprise in which ARUN invests. The enterprise is selling solar panels to the areas of Cambodia where there is no electricity. It has been expanding its share with extended and careful services, and has asked to develop a system to solve challenges of accounting and customer management. The engineer, Mr. K, who has spent a little over half of the assigned three months there, seemed to have developed a very good relationship with the staff and felt part of the team.

He develops and improves the system by visiting solar panel users in the rural areas and having many discussions with the manager and local staff. He gained the trust of the manager with his sincere and serious work ethic. I was happy to see that the local staff values his work and, at the same time, gives criticism, such as “this part works too slow,” in order to truly understand and use the system as their own.

Experiencing the very close collaboration with the manager to develop the system, Mr. K values the experience as a chance to see the meaning of his work from the management perspective. I would like to increase such opportunities of collaboration between the skills and resources that are developed in Japan and the social enterprises we invest.

In Singapore, I attended the Impact Forum, which was organized by IIX/Shujog, an organization which promotes social investment in Asia. On the first day, I joined the panel session with the people who are in charge of corporate social responsibility from JP Morgan, Barclays, and Credit Suisse, on the new trend of finance. I was also inspired greatly by meeting IT ventures in India and Bangladesh as well as entrepreneurs who are taking the challenge of providing innovative services in the areas of water and energy.

At home, ARUN Seed, which has been approved recently by the City of Tokyo as a NPO organization is starting its activities in full force.
We are hosting a commemorative seminar celebrating its establishment on Tuesday, July 15th at 3 pm at Nippon Foundation.


Please join us!

Satoko Kono

<2>Series: Partner’s Essay

I Went to Kathmandu.

Maki Nakamura, ARUN Partner

My friend in Nepal invited me to her wedding recently, and so I went to Kathmandu during the May holidays. This was my second time in Nepal, but the first time to attend a wedding. I heard that the weddings there last about a week with various events. I attended both the “wedding” and “reception” which were the later part of the series of events. I also had an opportunity to meet a social entrepreneur. <Continues HERE

<3>Series: Book Review

Shinya Hanaoka, ARUN Partner
When you determine the investee in social investment, do you just look at the “people” of the enterprise, or take into consideration the person’s nationality/race or characteristics of the nation?
The title I am going to talk about should be an interesting read if you are interested in developing countries, even a little.
The volume is divided in two (in Japanese translation) and rather long, but there are many anecdotes that are easy to read like a story. The foreword of the translated copy in Japanese is lined with praises from dignitaries such as the economist who won the Nobel Prize in economics, and also from a well-known historian.<Continues HERE

<4>News

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 NPO ARUN Seed Seminar to Celebrate Its Launch


We are celebrating the establishment of NPO ARUN Seed with a seminar!

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■Date:Tuesday, July 15
14:30~ Door opens
15:00~16:30 Seminar
16:40~18:00 Networking
■Location:Nippon Foundation Building
(Nearest station:Tokyo Metro Tranomon、Tameike Sanno、Kokkai Gijido Mae)

■Program (Tentative):
1)ARUN Seed’s Vision and Plans

         Satoko Kono, ARUN Seed Representative Director

2)Presentation, Sessions
“New Social Contribution Through Social Investment” (tentative)

Seiichiro Yonekura, ARUN Seed Director, Hitotsubashi University Innovation Research Center Professor

Ms. Kaori Kuroda, Director of CSO (Civil Society Organization) Network Japan

3) Seminar closing
4) Networking

■Fee
- Pre-registration, bank deposit
General 4,000 JPY/Student 2,000 JPY
※Includes food and drink at the networking session.
- At door
General 5,000 JPY/Student 2,500 JPY
※Includes food and drink at the networking session.

■To Register
Please follow the link below by Friday, July 11th and complete the form.http://goo.gl/FYgTIy

We will send you an email with more information including bank deposit.


■Press Release

As we have announced in the last month’s Newsletter, ARUN partners have reached 100, and we published a news release. We wish to continue walking together with individuals and corporations who share ARUN’s visions. We appreciate your continual support.

<5>Editor’s Note

On May 24th in a event; WOMAN EXPO TOKYO 2014 in Tokyo Midtown, I presented a short speech entitled “I Change and I Shine! Let’s Start a New Life with Social Investment”.
It is my hope that through such opportunities, we can reach out to more ARUN women!
(S.I.)

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