Grünwald foundation

Founding of Grünwald foundation prospectus

Our country has built a firm position as one of the major countries holding economic power in the world through the past half-century. This achievement was possible not only because of the postwar baby-boom generation, but also thanks to several generations which handed down the spirit of hard work as a Japanese virtue.
Japan has a unique culture that is rare in the world. It is rich in nature, beautiful scenery and architecture that we are proud to introduce to the world. I believe it is no exaggeration when we call it the ‘Shangri-la of the world’.

Unfortunately, I have to say that the number of people in the world who recognize this existence of Japan is not very big. I had the opportunity of studying abroad in Germany in my young days and experienced German society, which had a significant life changing influence on my mind. Therefore, I believe having experiences and seeing different countries in our youth when we are rich in sensitivity, expands an individual’s creativity and lets one have a wider vision of the world, which is the most important thing for potential growth in the future.
There are still many disputed regions in the world, which, in addition to global terrorism has been raising alarms. To work on building a peaceful world for the next generation in such a global situation, we need to work on generating opportunities to build mutual understanding and cultural exchange of young people globally, which will create the path to world peace. I would like to contribute a little to realize this path to world peace.

In order to realize this goal we have established a foundation to offer the opportunity for students all around the world to visit Japan, so that they can achieve a mutual understanding and experience exchange in culture, ideas, history, technology, etc.

Director of Grünwald Group

Intention of the Grünwald Foundation

The Grünwald Foundation offers students an exceptional opportunity for a three-month stay in Japan to get a huge knowledge in the culture, history, language and writing.<br />
Above all, the international exchange and intercultural friendships are supported fully.

Grünwald mayor

Cooperation between Grünwald and the rotary club


Activities content

  • Three month stay in Japan
  • Free stay in a beautiful apartment
  • 50,000 yen per month support
  • Japanese language school
  • Insurance and high safety standard
  • Mobile Phone and WIFI
  • Numerous events offered
  • Personal lessons from the Grünwald Management Group in history and language

Tasks of the trainee

  • Trainee should be involved in the Japanese culture, history and language and always uphold the principles of the Grünwald Foundation.
  • Active participation in the following events:
    • German General Consulate
    • Japanese and German Society
    • Suita International Friendship Association ( SIFA )
    • Suita Rotaract Club
    • Osaka German Wine & Culture Society
    • Deutsch Meetz
  • Developing an own opinion about the Japanese and German culture
  • Strengthening the Japanese-German friendship
  • Every two weeks: report in German and English

Qualification of the following

  • Student (20-25 year)
  • Great interest in Japanese culture
  • Initiative for international exchange
  • Independent and having a opinion about foreign cultures
  • Self-confident and with a global mindset

Selection by the Grünwald Foundation:

  • The selection committee in Munich leads the interview in Germany and discusses the recommendation withthe Grünwald Foundation in Japan.
  • If you are interested in the Grünwald Foundation please send a CV and an application with the wishes and goals for the Japan Scholarship.
  • Contact:
    • Grünwald Stiftung
    • 3-6-20 Katayama – cho, Suita -city, Osaka, Japan 564-0082
    • Phone: + 81-6-6339-7238
    • Email:

    Appearance of the Maedelhaus guesthouse of the Grünwald Foundation

    Selection committee of the Grünwald Foundation First congress with all of the trainees

    Grünwald Foundation board of directors

    Board of Directors President Yukiharu Okamoto Grünwald Company., Ltd.
    Chief executive officer
    Director Nobuko Wada Japanese and German Society Osaka, Secretary
    Director Gabriele Menacher menacher EVENT, CEO
    Director Christine Waldhauser-Künlen Journalist
    Director Nobuko Ikawa Hyogo Prefectural Nishinomiya High School
    German teacher
    Supervisory council Tetsuo Iwasa Retired professor of Osaka Institute of Technology
    Supervisory council Junichi Matsuoka Reform Design Co., CEO
    Supervisory council Yoko Okamoto Infinion Company, Ltd., Chief executive officer
    Auditor Mitsuo Ikegami Retired member of Toyama City Congress,
    Retired president of Toyama Prefecture committee on welfare and education,
    Retired vice president of Toyama Prefecture council of social welfare

    6. Former Trainees

    Tatjana Schuck (2011.1~3)

    January-March 2011
    SAE Munich

    >> 03.05.2011

    second visit to Japan, with the members of the Rotary Club Suita

    Christoph Brütting (2011.9~12)

    September-December 2011
    Technical University of Munich, TUM-BWL

    >> 10.10.2011
    >> 30.10.2011
    >> 26.11.2011
    >> 21.12.2011
    >> 24.01.2012

    Anastasia Czerny (2012.4~6)

    April-June 2012
    University of Augsburg, European Ethnology

    >> 05.06.2012

    Andreas Groemling (2012.9~12)

    September-December 2012
    University of Passau, Governance and Puplic Policy

    >> 09.10.2012
    >> 08.11.2012
    >> 25.02.2013

    Marina Steininger (2013.4~6)

    April-June 2013
    University of Passau, Business Administration and Economics

    >> 22.04.2013
    >> 20.05.2013

    Lorenz Vogel (2013.9~12)

    September-December 2013
    Aachen University, Environmental Engineering

    >> 7.10.2013
    >> 3.12.2013
    >> 28.12.2013

    Kathrin Held (2014.4~6)

    April-June 2014
    Technical University of Munich, TUM-BWL

    >> 19.04.2014
    >> 26.05.2014

    Astrid Kruppa (2014.11~2015.1)

    November 2014-January 2015
    Technical University of Munich, Biotechnology and Foodtechnology

    >> 16.11.2014
    >> 02.12.2014
    >> 14.12.2014
    >> 05.01.2015
    >> 27.01.2015

    Katharina Riederer (2015.3~2015.6)

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH)
    Mechanical Engineering
    Focus: Micro- and Nanotechnology

    >> 25.03.2015
    >> 16.04.2015
    >> 01.05.2015
    >> 31.05.2015

    Christina Held (2015.10~2015.12)

    >> 2015.10.18
    >> 2015.11.08
    >> 2015.11.23
    >> 2015.12.14
    >> 2016.01.06

    Anna Götz (2016年3月~2016年5月)

    >> 2016.4.11
    >> 2016.4.30
    >> 2016.6.8
    >> 2016.6.13
    >> 2016.6.17

    Benjamin Raithel (2016.09月~2016.12)

    >> 2016.10.16
    >> 2016.11.21
    >> 2016.12.08

    Anjuli Franz(2017.02~2017.05)

    >> 2017.2.18
    >> 2017.3.08
    >> 2017.3.27
    >> 2017.5.14

    Julian Maier (2017.04~2017.07)

    >> 2017.4.26
    >> 2017.5.14
    >> 2017.6.08
    >> 2017.6.23

    Luca Spring (2018.04~2018.07)

    >> 2018.5.1
    >> 2018.5.14
    >> 2018.6.12
    >> 2018.6.19
    >> 2018.7.19

    Christoph Jetter (2018.10~2018.12)

    >> 2018.10.30
    >> 2018.11.06
    >> 2018.11.25
    >> 2018.12.04

    Christoph Jetter (2018.10~2018.12)

    >> 2018.10.30
    >> 2018.11.06
    >> 2018.11.25
    >> 2018.12.04
    >> 2018.12.13
    >> 2019.2.26

    Mona Meiller (2019.03~2019.05)

    >> 2019.04.19
    >> 2019.05.07
    >> 2019.05.31
    >> 2019.06.07
    >> 2019.07.10
    >> 2019.08.29

    Leon Riccius (2019.10~2019.12)

    >> 2019.10.10