The Flying Star Fund is an employee-led initiative that was set up in order to make a small but sustainable contribution to the society, with the aim of helping to improve people's health and general well-being. Although participation is voluntary, around 5,200 Astellas Group employees in Japan are currently signed up to the scheme.
FY17, we support the following two activities through the Flying Star Fund.

Donation of wheelchair vans in Japan

In 1997,Flying Star Fund began annual donations of wheelchair accessible vehicles, and in fiscal 2014 donated six vans to the welfare centers in the following prefectures. A total of 183 vans have been donated since 1997.

  • Fukushima
  • Niigata
  • Nagano
  • Yamanashi
  • Mie
  • Okinawa

Further details are available at Japanese website.

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Donated wheelchair-accessible vehicles

Donation to the organizations which support children with rare diseases

Flying Star Fund supports the following four associations which bring smile to disabled people and-critically ill children.

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・NPO Japan Good Toy Committee
・NPO Japan Clini Clowns Association
・NPO Japan Hospital Clowns Association
・NPO Shine On! Kids

Matching Gift Program

We have introduced a Matching Gifts Program whereby we match all donations given to charity by our employees.