Aflac Announces Participation in TOMADACHI Initiative
Aflac Supports International Training Program for Pediatric Cancer Specialists
COLUMBUS, Ga., Jan. 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ga., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Aflac, the number one provider of
supplemental insurance in the United States and Japan, announced its
participation in the TOMADACHI Initiative, a joint enterprise led by the
United States Government and the U.S.-Japan Council. TOMADACHI is a
public-private partnership that invests in the next generation of Japanese and
Americans in ways that strengthen relationships between the United States and
Japan over the long-term.
The pediatric specialist program will lay the foundation for broader
understanding of research and treatment protocols for childhood cancer, and
enhance communication and cooperation between U.S. and Japan cancer
specialists. Beginning in June 2013, Japan-based pediatric cancer specialists
will come to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's
Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia to observe and share best practices related to
the care and treatment of children with cancer.
"Aflac, our employees, and sales agents are committed to funding initiatives
that will help promote excellent care and help find a cure for childhood
cancer," said Aflac Chairman and CEO, Dan Amos. "We are honored to participate
in this initiative, as we believe that the exchange of ideas will help improve
the standard of care for children fighting cancer."
Dr. William G. Woods, Director of the Aflac Cancer Center, commented, "We are
very excited about the TOMODACHI-Aflac Scholarship Program, and believe that
it will help enhance the training of Japanese pediatric oncologists in
clinical care as well as research. We want to improve the lives of the brave
children battling cancer in Japan, and their families who support them. We are
also confident that the program will further strengthen the friendship
betweenJapan and the United States."
About Aflac When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits
fast. For more than 58 years, Aflac insurance policies have given
policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In
the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable
insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one life insurance company in terms
of individual policies in force. Aflac individual and group insurance products
provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For six
consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of
the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2013, FORTUNE magazine recognized Aflac
as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 15th
consecutive year. Also, FORTUNE magazine included Aflac on its list of Most
Admired Companies for the 11th time in 2012. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune
500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To
find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com or espanol.aflac.com.
TOMODACHI is a public-private partnership, led by the United States Government
and the U.S.-Japan Council and supported by the Japanese Government, that
supports Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and invests in
the next generation of Japanese and Americans in ways that strengthen cultural
and economic ties and deepen the friendship between the United States and
Japan over the long-term.
Media Contacts: Analyst and Investor Contact:
Laura Kane Robin Y. Wilkey
Aflac Incorporated Aflac Incorporated
706.593.0786 (cell) Fax: 706.324.6330
Jon A. Sullivan
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