Veritas is committed to giving back to our community and making a positive contribution to Japanese society.
We actively and enthusiastically support the following groups and organizations.
Friends of Leukemia Research Fund
The Friends of Leukemia Research Fund (FLRF) is a nonprofit corporation that was approved and established in 2005, evolving from its previous form as a volunteer organization called Friends of Japan Leukemia Research Fund founded in 1992. The FLRF's objective is to eradicate leukemia by supporting leukemia research grants around the world.
Leukemia, which used to be regarded a fatal disease, has now become a treatable disease and more and more patients' lives have been saved by advances in medical science. However, it is still a life-threatening disease and patients have to undergo strenuous treatment with severe side effects and strict physical management that healthy people can't imagine. About half of the cases of pediatric cancer involve leukemia, and we believe that babies who have been separated from their mothers and are fighting this disease in a sterile room deserve our best efforts. Elderly patients with leukemia are waiting for new therapies while they are fighting this disease while waiting to see how things turn out, because they cannot physically tolerate harsh treatments. At this very moment, hundreds of thousands of leukemia patients around the world are fighting the disease, and at the same time enthusiastic researchers are working on their research activities to eradicate leukemia. Veritas fully supports the activities of Friends of Leukemia Research Fund by volunteer activities, financial contributions and public relations.
Veritas has worked to support the FLRF in all aspects since it commenced its activities and assists with publicity and fundraising activities by holding a wide range of charity events and by sending out relevant information. This organization has achieved growth through two main activities: an annual charity golf event titled the Sakura-chan Cup, and the Open Symposium of the Japanese Society of Hematology.
Through these activities, the Japan Leukemia Research Fund—established as a certified specific charitable trust in 1992—has cumulatively provided a total of 311,200,000 yen to support 430 people in their research as of 2019.
The Sakura-chan Cup was first held in Tokyo in 1997 and has gained supporters from many locations in Japan. This golf event is now held in eight locations throughout Japan: Sapporo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Tokushima and Kagoshima, in addition to its original home in Tokyo. This event continues to develop as a vital activity for raising money to support the Japan Leukemia Research Fund.
The Sakura-chan Cup takes its name from Sakura Kurosawa, a girl who battled childhood cancer. The picture of a tulip that she drew before passing away at the age of five is used as the symbol of this charity.
The Open Symposium of the Japanese Society of Hematology has been held annually since the year 2000 onward. It is currently organized as part of the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Hematology, a gathering of medical specialists and researchers involved in leukemia. Each year this symposium provides information to patients and their families about the progress of cutting-edge treatments in this field.
From left to right:
(Department of Hematology, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Science, University of Tsukuba)
(President of the Japanese Society of Hematology/Professor, Kyushu University)
(Department of Pathology, Kurume University)
ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS / "Art lasts forever, but life is short." This Latin phrase from the Roman times is actually part of a quotation regarding medicine by a Greek philosopher and doctor, Hippocrates. As with Leonardo da Vinci, many of the ancient artists were also scientists. Art is now limited to the field of fine art, but it originally represented scientific works including medical science. In the 21st century, when science has stepped into more precise domains and next-generation sequencers generate vast amounts of gene information, we consider it important to accept science as part of "art" once again.
We wish to follow a path that will further contribute to human welfare by accepting science as part of art and feeling directly how science and technology will appeal to people. We actively promote activities of VAN (Veritas Ars Necessaria: Veritas thinks of art as a necessary and irreplaceable friend).
Our modern art collection
Following recommendations from its art advisor, Veritas now has its own modern art collection with some artwork displayed on the walls of its office. In addition to art by internationally renowned Frank Stella, Veritas also owns artwork by up-and-coming artists in Japan.
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Veritas holds the VAN Contest every year, featuring works produced by students as well as artists with occupations in other fields decorating
our office area. This location allows for the wide range of people who visit Veritas to view the art, in addition to our own staff.
We relay our visitors' comments to the artists, and through doing so we wish to offer them encouragement and new ideas in their endeavors and future creations.
The offices feature different creations from the artists that switch over in short increments throughout the course of the contest. This allows people to enjoy the variety of changing exhibits while taking a few moments to relax during work.
As we strive to support these highly talented artists in their endeavors, we are invigorated by their creations and receive hints for our own work from them.
Artists participating in the exhibition
As a painter, I instructed my mind and my eyes to look at all the shapes around and appreciate the beauty in everyday things. I find old Japanese books very charming and fascinating.
In this exhibition I would like you to observe these painting-objects and allow yourself to be curious and nostalgic, while wondering about nature and quietness.
I have been drawing and playing the violin since my childhood.
Through my experience of drawing, I started thinking that I wanted to express invisible music in paintings. My paintings displayed at this exhibition were associated with music, for example, turning a consecutive arrangement of leaves into musical notes, extracting images from the music I have listened to, and using musical scores as a motif. I hope that various paintings I created in such a way will provide harmony at the exhibition.
PAPER CUP is used at this office every day. I carefully looked at its material, not just viewing the cup as something we use for drinking.
I took apart all the features of the material including its shape, color, pattern, and letters and reproduced the cup in similar processes to how it was made with printmaking techniques. Shifts that occurred deliberately or randomly during these production processes transferred the cup into something else that still retains its original features.
“Bringing a point into shape of what does not touch any of our senses” and “consciously bringing out and revealing the shapes of ‘the distorted’ in lines we unconsciously draw” are mutual concepts of my artworks.
As kids, we look at our bodies and contemplate upon them. Our point of views flies into no end, and as a result, become skeptical of our surroundings. The form of self-existence loses its shape.
“Not touching any senses” and “the point of unconsciousness and distortion” is what corresponds to “the moment of all skepticism”. What enters our vision in that very moment is the ultimate truth to me. Because that sensation cannot be experienced for long, I attempt to replicate them by exploring the shapes and alignment of colors.