Donations in Support of I-House

The International House of Japan (I-House) is playing an important role in deepening international understanding of Japan and Japanese understanding of the world. Your gifts will catalyze further dynamic growth and programming at the I-House.

Deduction for U.S. tax purposes

Your gifts to Photo: American Friends of I-House the American Friends of International House of Japan, Inc, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in New York (hereinafter called “AFIHJ”) (for AFIHJ, please see below) are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. AFIHJ will use your gift in line with their aims to assist the I-House to:
(1) Expand its membership, especially through the new Next Generation Fellows Program, for young American leaders in US-Japan relations
(2) build community among members, and
(3) enhance programming at the I-House.

If you are filing tax in Japan and would like to receive the tax advantages in Japan, your gifts made directly to the I-House are generally deductible for Japanese tax purposes. Please visit the relevant area of this website in Japanese or contact I-House for further details.

Type of Donations

1. Cash Donations

Cash donations to the AFIHJ are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

2. Bequests

Please consider leaving an instruction in your will -- a bequest -- that a certain portion of your estate be given to a named beneficiary after your death. A bequest to the AFIHJ may be deductible for estate tax purposes in the U.S.

3. Retirement Plan Assets

You may also designate the AFIHJ as a beneficiary of your individual retirement account (IRA) or retirement plan account. Designating the AFIHJ as a beneficiary of your retirement plan assets has tax advantages in the U.S.

4. Gift from the Estate

Family members of the deceased may also donate a portion of the estate to the AFIHJ. Such contributions may be deductible for tax purposes in the U.S.

We would prefer your donation to be in the form of cash. In the case of donations other than in cash (real estate, securities, etc.), you are requested to convert to cash before giving to the AFIHJ. Especially when considering making a bequest, we strongly recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified legal, estate and/or tax professional to determine the consequences of any gift.

American Friends of the International House of Japan

The American Friends of the International House of Japan Inc. (AFIHJ) was established in 1988 under the Not-for-Profit Corporation law of the State of New York to support the I-House, particularly for its program activities. Its tax-exempt status was subsequently authorized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code and the AFIHJ had helped the I-House by raising funds in support of various programs and activities at the I-House.

Until recently the AFIHJ had been relatively dormant, but some strong “American friends” stood up to revive the organization. Thanks to the contributions of Dr. Kent E. Calder, Mr. David Baskerville, Mr. David Janes and other devoted people, new Board Members have been elected, and its tax-exempt status was reinstated in the summer of 2017.

Photo: AFIHJ Board Meeting
The picture above:
front row from left,
Jay Rockefeller, Ken’ichiro Sasae
back row from left,
Keiko Morito, Sam Kidder, David Janes, Victoria Lyon Bestor, Kent E Calder, Takehiro Shimada, Robert “Skipp” Orr, David Baskerville

To celebrate the new start of the AFIHJ, a board meeting was held on December 6, 2017, at the Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C., in the presence of Jay Rockefeller IV (ex-United States Senator from West Virginia) and Ken’ichiro Sasae (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America) as special guests. The board meeting was followed by a special reception.

The new AFIHJ launched the “Next Generation Leaders Fellows Program” in spring 2018. AFIHJ will be planning various types of support for I-House.

Please visit their website for further details. We look forward to members’ support of AFIHJ.


1. Administrative Office, The International House of Japan, Inc.
Tel: 81-3-3470-3212 (Mon.-Fri. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in JST)
Fax: 81-3-3470-3170

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