One of the main goals of PlaNet Finance Japan (PFJ) is to raise public awareness and disseminate knowledge regarding microfinance, poverty issues and sustainable development through business.
University Meets PlaNet Finance (UMPF), funded by Toyota Tsusho Corporation, delivers training programs to university students and business people. Carried out mainly by university students under an internship program, UMPF offers two kinds of workshops: sequence workshops delivered over two months and one-day workshops. Both consist of lectures and group- work which give participants a deeper understanding of microfinance. In 2011, PFJ held two sequence workshops from May to June and from September to October and three one-day workshops in February, August and November. The last one was held in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture for the first time and succeeded in attracting many students from West Japan.
On 20 August 2011, PFJ invited Connie Hina, Asia Regional Technical Advisor from PlaNet Finance’s South East Asia office to lead a workshop introducing microfinance practice and the current situation in the field. At the MOFA- hosted Symposium “Diversifying International Cooperation – NGO-Private Partnerships,” Kazuo Tanaka, Executive Director of PFJ gave a lecture titled “Microfinance Supporting Business and Partnership on Potential Survey of BOP Business.” In addition, PFJ delivered lectures in Keio Business School, Tama University and Toyo Gakuen University.