Books For Smiles TOTALS

Donating used books to support Japan's young care-leavers into vocational training and jobs

We are delighted to report that, after another successful season of BCCJ member company book drives, our Books For Smiles (BFS) community initiative has now raised a total of . . . 


With over 50 organisations – including the British Embassy - having completed a book collection, we can confirm that we are now able to cover tuition fees for multiple care-leavers throughout the Tokyo region. And, the project has recently expanded to include care-leavers living in welfare facilities affected by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake.


For approximately JPY1.8m, a care-leaver can complete his / her studies over three years and obtain a certificate for employment.

The more donations we receive, the more care-leavers we can support . . .

Can you or your company donate books to help support care-leavers into vocational training and jobs? See HOW TO DONATE or, email

Thank you VERY much to everyone who has supported and who continues to support this very impactful, multi-stakeholder initiative.


Special thanks

In line with its mission to help people make progress through learning, Pearson has generously donated over 200,000 books to the Books for Smiles initiative. This donation will generate JPY6.5m in funding, helping to support 4 care-leavers into vocational training and to receive a diploma that will enable them to enter the work-force after 3-4 years of education. DHL Supply Chain generously provided logistics support for this project.

Special thanks must also go to: Unilever Japan for kindly hosting "Drinks Night for Books for Smiles in June 2013; to Oakwood and Regus for consistently collecting books from guests and tenants at locations throughout Tokyo; to BT Japan for generously donating their CEO's speech honorarium; and The British School in Tokyo for involving students, parents and staff in the project. 

Grand Hyatt Tokyo holds an internship program for high school students from children's homes and provides an environment in which they are immersed in their hotel business. This serves as a great opportunity for in-care children usually with limited access to the society outside of their schools and children's homes (see thank you notes from an intern to GHT at the bottom of this page).


DONORS: Thank you!

BCCJ Members: Partners:

British Airways
British Council
British School in Tokyo
Business Link Japan K.K.
BT Japan Corporation
Canning Professional K.K.
Clifford Chance Law Office
Compass Offices
Conrad Tokyo
Custom Media K.K.
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Dyson K.K.
Eat Creative K.K.
FEW (For Empowering Women)
GlaxoSmithKline K.K.
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Hilton Tokyo
Michael Page International Japan K.K.
MIE Project Co., Ltd.
Oakwood Tokyo
Okamoto & Company, Inc.
Pearson Japan K.K.
Price Global
Rain Interactive Co., Ltd.
Refugees International Japan
Regus Japan K.K.
Rolls-Royce Japan Co., Ltd.
SCT Inc.
Smith & Nephew Wound Management K.K.
UBS Securities Japan Co., Ltd.
Unilever Japan
Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.
White & Case LLP

Abax ELT Publishers
British Hills
Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
English Adventure
Hayashi Nozomu Office
Kanda University of International Studies
KVH Co., Ltd.
Morrison & Foerster
Nishimachi International School
Showa Women's University Library
Taisei Coins Corporation
Ten Nine Communications Inc.
Tobin Ohashi Gallery
United Nations University 


Donate to Books For Smiles

Taking part in the programme is simple!

How to donate - GUIDELINES (English/Japanese) HERE

FAQ (English/Japanese)

Application Form (to be sent with each donation of books)

Book donations from British Embassy Tokyo and Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan, and from British Consulate-General, Osaka

Book donations at White & Case LLP and Oakwood residences

Thank you notes from Books For Smiles intern to the Grand Hyatt Tokyo