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President Chief Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Showa University School of Medicine

Katsumi Mizuno
Message from President
Creating Options to Save Little Lives
Japan's neonatal care is one of the best globally, and many infants weighing less than 1,000 grams survive. When babies are saved, I want them to grow healthier. I think this is a wish that everyone has. Especially for infants born small, the way they are nourished after being stabilized makes a big difference in their prognosis. Nutrition that puts too much strain on their immature intestines may even put their lives at risk again. A life preserved through medical treatment should not be lost due to poor nutrition. Donor milk is an option to enrich the first nourishment of these newborns' lives.

Recent studies have shown that the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis in tiny babies is about twice as high when they are milk formula-fed versus donor milk-fed. We believe that it is our responsibility to make the human milk bank system widely known and establish a structure where the families of babies can actually choose donor milk. We will do everything in our power to create a better future with better nutrition.
Executive Director
Mari Tanaka
Message from Executive Director
Support the smiles of babies and their families.
At The Nippon Foundation Human Milk Bank, doctors, midwives, researchers, and administrative staff work hard to save little lives and ensure infants' healthy growth. We will continue to create an environment and structure that unlocks each staff member's full potential, leading to improved activities and building a better world. We will also continue to create an open and transparent organization to understand and cooperate with donors and medical professionals, who are indispensable to the human milk bank system. We hope that our activities will become a bridge to support the smiles of more babies and their families.
Akihiko Sekizawa
Professor and Chief
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Showa University
M.D., Ph.D.
Kazuo Tanaka
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Showa University School of Medicine
M.D., Ph.D.
Akira Oka
Japan Pediatric Society
M.D., Ph.D.
Minako Koyasu
Certified Public Accountants
Risa Asaoka
Director of Social Program Division, NHK News Department
Asako Imao
Director of The 2nd Department., Editor in Chief of VERY; Kobunsha Co., Ltd.
Akiko Miyamoto
Director, Clinical Medical Editing Division, MEDICUS SHUPPAN,Publishers Co., Ltd.
Kazuhiro Yoshikura
Executive Director of The Nippon Foundation
Our Staff
Project Department
Senior Researcher
Miori Tanaka
Human Milk Bank
General Affairs Department
Contact Us5,000 infants Need Donor Milk
Five thousand infants born preterm or with very low birth weight
need donor milk every year in Japan.