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Yōhei Sasakawa (笹川 陽平, Sasakawa Yōhei, born 8 January 1939) is chairman of The Nippon Foundation, the World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, and Japan's Ambassador for the Human Rights of People Affected by leprosy. His global fight against leprosy and its accompanying stigma and social discrimination is an issue to which he has remained highly committed for more than 40 years. As chairman of The Nippon Foundation, Japan's largest charitable foundation, he is seen as a pioneer in guiding public-interest activities by the private in modern Japan. Sasakawa received his degree from Meiji University’s School of Political Science and Economics. Sasakawa's father was businessman, politician, and philanthropist Ryōichi Sasakawa.

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After serving as chairman of the Japan Motorboat Racing Association, and as a director of the Japan Foundation for Shipbuilding Advancement (now the Ocean Policy Research Foundation), Yohei Sasakawa was named president of the Nippon Foundation in 1989. In July 2005, he was appointed chairman, following the retirement of Ayako Sono, the previous chair.

Known as a social entrepreneur with insight into a wide range of issues, Sasakawa is internationally recognized for his proactive planning and leadership on a global scale. Key projects include:

  • Medical examinations for 200,000 children victimized by the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident;
  • Establishment of a system through which users would pay for the support of safe navigation through the Strait of Malacca;
  • Development of the next generation of leaders through a global scholarship network of 69 universities;
  • Establishment of a program to bring 2,000 Chinese doctors to Japan for training, and;
  • Development of Arctic Sea lanes that are usable year-round.

His international aid activities have focused on three areas essential to life: food security, healthcare and education. His aid activities within Japan have focused on areas not addressed by government policies, including the development of the nation's nongovernmental organizations and volunteer activities, the enhancement of services for senior citizens and those with disabilities, and the donation of 20,000 care vehicles to social-welfare organizations throughout Japan.

Both within Japan and around the world, Sasakawa works on the front lines of humanitarian aid, believing that effective support for public interest activities demands not only funding, but personal commitment and participation.

Sasakawa has continually stressed that modern problems demand collaborative solutions, and has built wide-ranging networks encompassing the political, governmental, academic, and private sectors. One such example is Forum 2000, which he has overseen with former Czech President Václav Havel for 11 years. This initiative brings together experts and distinguished individuals from around the world to discuss global issues, and has generated a number of innovative programs as a result of their interaction.

His domestic work also transverses a wide number of areas, including the development of measures to combat maritime piracy, the publicizing of the operation of North Korean spy ships, the training of hospice nurses, and the building of networks to support crime victims. Sasakawa is also known for his efforts to ensure passage of Japan's Basic Ocean Law in 2007, and his central role in organizing the Tokyo Marathon. Through his focus on cooperation, he has been able to achieve goals that would not have been possible working single-handedly.

Leprosy elimination

Yohei Sasakawa sees leprosy elimination as a personal mission, inherited from his father, Ryoichi Sasakawa. In 1965, he accompanied his father to a leprosy treatment facility in South Korea, and the shock at seeing, first-hand, the discrimination faced by people affected by leprosy, convinced him of the need for leprosy control, leading him to conduct own activities.

Sasakawa works to advance dialog between people affected by leprosy, government leaders, the media, and other parties in many countries, with a particular focus on places where the disease is endemic. He focuses a special amount of effort on promoting an accurate understanding of the disease: particularly the fact that it is curable and as part of this drive, he has served as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination since May 2001.

In the 1990s, Sasakawa worked to promote the distribution of multidrug therapy (MDT) as a means of controlling leprosy. However, realizing that people affected by leprosy, and even their families, continue to face discrimination in areas such as employment and education even after they have been cured, he has advocated that leprosy be approached not simply as a medical issue but as a social one involving human-rights concerns.

In July 2003, he visited the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, seeking to bring the issue before the United Nations Human Rights Committee (now the United Nations Human Rights Council). Subsequently, in March 2004, he raised the matter at a plenary session of the Commission. As a result, in August 2004, the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights initiated studies to formally address leprosy and its related discrimination issues as a human-rights issue, eventually unanimously approving a resolution calling on national governments, leprosy-related organizations and UN institutions to improve the current state of affairs.

Since then, Sasakawa has continued to work to resolve leprosy's social aspects, for example establishing the Sasakawa-India Leprosy Foundation in 2006 to assist the independence of people affected by the disease.

Sasakawa's international achievements in controlling leprosy have resulted in a number of international prizes, such as the Yomiuri Shimbun’s Yomiuri International Cooperation Prize (2004), and India's International Gandhi Award (2007). Most recently, the Japanese foreign ministry appointed him as its Ambassador for the Human Rights of People Affected by Leprosy.

Maritime affairs

Today, Sasakawa is also active in the very different field of maritime issues. He has proposed the establishment of a new fund through which users would voluntarily contribute to the costs involved in securing maritime safety in the Strait of Malacca, one of the world's busiest sea lanes. By explaining the need for this, in light of today's international conditions, he advances activities intended to overturn the traditional idea that use of all sea-routes should be free of charge. In addition, he is advancing new initiatives to address maritime issues in Japan, including the establishment of the nation's first Basic Ocean Law, working to change the Japanese paradigm that it is a country protected by the sea, to one that protects the seas. Beyond the shores of Japan and the wider region, Sasakawa also established in 2004 the United Nations – Nippon Foundation Fellowship Programme to contribute to the building of a new generation of ocean leaders and professionals.

Advocating for the importance of information disclosure by public-interest groups, Sasakawa maintains a daily blog (in Japanese) of his activities and thoughts. Under Sasakawa's leadership, The Nippon Foundation's disclosure efforts have won high marks amid government reforms of the public interest field. In addition to creating a website (CANPAN CSR Plus) that helps businesses to participate directly in social-welfare activities, fulfilling their corporate social responsibility (CSR), Sasakawa advocates for work toward a society based on an integration of national and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and corporate CSR efforts. The aim is a society where all members participate in creating the common good.

2018

  • Announced the launch of the CHANGE FOR THE BLUE project as a new, large-scale, nationwide initiative bringing together multiple stakeholders including private-sector entities, the government, and academic institutions to find and implement practical programs to address the problem of marine debris.
  • Launched the 13th Global Appeal to end stigma and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy, endorsed by Disabled Peoples’ International, from New Delhi, India. Held the National Leprosy Conference in Myanmar, attended by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, calling for an end to discrimination against persons affected by leprosy.
  • Signed the Myanmar Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) between the Myanmar Government and two ethnic armed organizations as a witness and in the capacity of Special Envoy of the Government of Japan. As with the NCA signed in 2015, Japan was the only non-adjacent country invited to this signing ceremony and pledged continued support for the peace process.
  • Held a ceremony to mark the completion of 460 schools built in cooperation with the Government of Myanmar. Begun in 2002, the school construction program in Myanmar has built 300 schools in Shan State, 100 schools in Rakhine State, and 60 schools in Ayeyarwady Region.
  • Held the True Colours Festival, an arts festival featuring performances by artists with disabilities from 18 countries, in Singapore.
  • Opened The Nippon Foundation Para Arena, a dedicated para sports gymnasium in Odaiba, Tokyo, that will provide a training environment for athletes aiming to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
  • Held the first international conference in Asia dealing with human rights issues faced by persons with albinism, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, in close collaboration with the United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism.

2017

  • Was awarded Gandhi Peace Prize for his contributions towards leprosy eradication in India and around the world. Former winners of Gandhi Peace Prize include Nelson Mandela (2000) and Desmond Tutu (2005). Jury for the award is chaired by the Prime minister of India.
  • At a plenary meeting of the United Nations Ocean Conference, proposed that the United Nations establish an intergovernmental panel for comprehensive ocean governance.
  • Together with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), launched Global Appeal 2017, for the elimination of stigma and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy, from New Delhi, India.
  • Held a ceremony to mark the completion of buildings for conflict-affected people in southeast Myanmar as the part of the First Rehabilitation Programme, started in March 2016. Based on a further request from the Myanmar side, started the Second Rehabilitation Programme, which includes construction of houses, schools, health care centers and wells, in Kayin State and Mon State with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Signed a partnership agreement with the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games for cooperation and coordination in the area of volunteer activities for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. �

2016

  • Jointly organized the International Symposium on Leprosy and Human Rights in the Vatican with the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers and the Good Samaritan Foundation. The Symposium adopted and approved Conclusion and Recommendations calling for an end to stigma and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy.
  • Established The Nippon Foundation Ocean Innovation Consortium, a nationwide initiative that engages the industrial, academic, public, and private sectors with the aim of building human capacity in offshore development.
  • Completed a distribution program to provide food and humanitarian assistance in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar, reaching a total of approximately 500,000 people over five years.
  • Launched the Rehabilitation Program, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and with the agreement of the Government of Myanmar, to build houses, schools, health clinics and other facilities for conflict-affected people in Myanmar. The program covers the region under the influence of the ethnic armed organizations that signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in 2015.
  • Launched the Seabed 2030, an initiative to map the world's ocean floor by the year 2030.
  • The Japan-China Sasakawa Medical Fellowship, established to promote mutual understanding and friendship between China and Japan in medicine and health care in 1987, marked its 30th anniversary and saw the number of fellows reach approximately 2,200.

2015

  • Launched the Maritime Safety and Security Policy Program (MSP), one of the few programs to offer a master's degree in this field. This joint effort with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), and the Japan Coast Guard nurtures specialists in the field of maritime safety and security in Asia.
  • Established The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center to strengthen the functions of national Para sports federations and to raise public awareness of paralympic movements, toward the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games and beyond.
  • Led the Japanese government delegation of election observers in the Myanmar General Election. Confirmed that the elections were held in a fair manner as a significant first step towards progress in democratization.
  • Signed the Myanmar Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement between the Myanmar Government and eight ethnic armed organizations as a witness and in the capacity of Special Envoy of the Government of Japan. Japan was the only non-adjacent country invited to this Signing Ceremony and pledged continued support for the peace process.

2014

  • The number of Sasakawa Fellows from the International Maritime University (IMU) and the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) combined passed the 1,000 mark.

2013

  • Appointed as Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for National Reconciliation in Myanmar. Assisted in promoting dialogue between the Government of Myanmar and ethnic armed organizations at their request.

2012

  • Led the distribution of US$3 million of food and medicine to conflict-affected people in inaccessible areas of Myanmar under the influence of ethnic armed organizations.
  • Initiated a series of regional international symposia on leprosy and human rights to raise awareness and enhance implementation of the UN resolution and accompanying Principles and Guidelines on elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members. The first symposium was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Subsequent symposia were held in New Delhi (2012), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2013), in Rabat, Morocco (2014) and concluded with the final symposium in Geneva (2015) incorporating a research report and recommendations by an International Working Group.

2011

  • Conducted various relief work projects in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami including distribution of emergency aid supplies, support for nearly 700 volunteer groups working in affected areas, and a symposium where world-leading experts on radiation and health discussed the health risks for people in Fukushima. These initiatives were funded by both domestic and overseas public donations.
  • Initiated the Tokyo-Washington Dialog to develop bilateral policy proposals

2010

  • Assisted the Japanese government in submitting a resolution on “elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members” together with accompanying “Principles and Guidelines” to the UN Human Rights Council. The resolution was subsequently adopted by the UN General Assembly.
  • Established schools of prosthetics and orthotics in Indonesia and the Philippines

2009

  • Launched ASEAN Secretariat – The Nippon Foundation Project on Leprosy and Human Dignity

2008

  • As the Japanese Government's Goodwill Ambassador for the Human Rights of Persons Affected by Leprosy, assisted the Japanese government in submitting to the UN Human Rights Council a draft resolution on “elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members” by the UN Human Rights Council.

2007

  • Established the Aids to Navigation Fund, a new initiative for the protection of the Malacca-Singapore Straits

2006

  • Established the Sasakawa-India Leprosy Foundation in New Delhi
  • Launched the Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy

2004

  • Launched the Traditional Medicine Project in Mongolia

2000

  • Built an international network of maritime universities

2000

  • Initiated The Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals (API Fellowships) in five countries in Asia

1999

  • Provided pediatric medical assistance to victims of the Chernobyl Disaster

1993

  • Chaired an international joint research program to develop an Arctic shipping route

1991

  • Contributed extensively to the WHO program to eliminate leprosy

1987

  • Established the Sasakawa Medical Scholarship Program to train 2000 Chinese medical doctors

1987

  • Created the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF), a grant-in-aid program which has resulted in a network of 69 major universities worldwide

1986

  • Initiated the Sasakawa Global 2000 Program to enable African nations to achieve self-sufficiency in staple crop production

1967

  • Provided support for a navigational safety program in the Malacca-Singapore Straits
  • Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for National Reconciliation in Myanmar [2013–Present]
  • Goodwill Ambassador for the Welfare of the National Races in Myanmar

(Appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan) [2012–Present]

  • Goodwill Ambassador for the Human Rights of Persons Affected by Leprosy

(Appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan) [2007–Present]

  • World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination [2001–Present]
  • Trustee, Foundation Franco-Japonaise Sasakawa
  • Trustee, United States-Japan Foundation
  • Trustee, Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation
  • Trustee, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
  • Advisor, The Tokyo Foundation
  • Advisor, The Sasakawa Japan-China Friendship Fund

Honorary degrees

  • 2019 Doctor of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
  • 2018 Honorary Doctor, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mongolia
  • 2018 Advisory Professor, Jilin University, China
  • 2017 Doctor of Laws, University of Minnesota, USA
  • 2016 Doctor Honoris Causa, Sofia University, Bulgaria
  • 2013 Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University, University of York, The United Kingdom
  • 2012 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • 2012 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Agricultural Development Honoris Causa, Hawassa University
  • 2010 Honorary Academician, Russian Academy of Natural Science
  • 2009 Honorary Professorship, Yunnan University, China
  • 2008 Honorary Degree of Doctor in Humane Letters, University for Peace
  • 2008 Honorary Professorship, Dalian University of Foreign Language, China
  • 2007 Honorary Doctor of Humanity, University of Cambodia, Cambodia
  • 2007 Honorary Professorship, Guizhou University, China
  • 2007 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
  • 2006 Honorary Professorship, Dalian Maritime University, China
  • 2005 Doctor Honoris Causa, Jadavpur University, India
  • 2004 Honorary Professorship, Shanghai Maritime University, China
  • 2004 Doctor Honoris Causa, World Maritime University, Sweden
  • 2004 Honorary Professorship, Heilongjiang University, China
  • 2004 Honorary Professorship, Harbin Medical University, China
  • 2003 Honorary Professorship, China Medical University, China
  • 2003 Doctor Honoris Causa, The Academy of Management, Mongolia
  • 2000 Doctor Honoris Causa, The University of Bucharest, Romania
  • 2000 Doctor Honoris Causa, The University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • 2000 Honorary Professorship, Yanbian University, China
  • 2019 No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me: One Man's Quest for a Leprosy-Free World, C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd, London (English)
  • 2019 My Struggle against Leprosy, Festina Lente Japan, Tokyo (English)
  • "Shukumei No Senki, Yohei Sasakawa Hansenbyou Seiatsu No Kiroku (My Life's Work, Yohei Sasakawa The Battle Against Leprosy)" Fumihiko Takayama(2017), Shogakukan
  • "Shukumei No Ko, Sasakawa Ichizoku No Shinwa (Born with a Mission, The Story of the Sasakawa Family)" Fumihiko Takayama(2014), Shogakukan
  • "Social Change, Yohei Sasakawa Nippon Zaidan To Ikikata Wo Kataru, (Social Change, Yohei Sasakawa Discusses Life and The Nippon Foundation)" Takashi Ito (2019), Chuo Koron Shinsha

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template message Yōhei Sasakawa 笹川 陽平 Sasakawa Yōhei born 8 January 1939 is chairman of The Nippon Foundation the World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and Japan s Ambassador for the Human Rights of People Affected by leprosy His global fight against leprosy and its accompanying stigma and social discrimination is an issue to which he has remained highly committed for more than 40 years As chairman of The Nippon Foundation Japan s largest charitable foundation he is seen as a pioneer in guiding public interest activities by the private in modern Japan Sasakawa received his degree from Meiji University s School of Political Science and Economics Sasakawa s father was businessman politician and philanthropist Ryōichi Sasakawa Contents 1 Overview of activities 1 1 Leprosy elimination 1 2 Maritime affairs 2 Major achievements at the Nippon Foundation 3 Other professional positions 4 Honors 4 1 Honorary degrees 5 Publication 6 References 7 External linksOverview of activities EditAfter serving as chairman of the Japan Motorboat Racing Association and as a director of the Japan Foundation for Shipbuilding Advancement now the Ocean Policy Research Foundation Yohei Sasakawa was named president of the Nippon Foundation in 1989 In July 2005 he was appointed chairman following the retirement of Ayako Sono the previous chair Known as a social entrepreneur with insight into a wide range of issues Sasakawa is internationally recognized for his proactive planning and leadership on a global scale Key projects include Medical examinations for 200 000 children victimized by the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident Establishment of a system through which users would pay for the support of safe navigation through the Strait of Malacca Development of the next generation of leaders through a global scholarship network of 69 universities Establishment of a program to bring 2 000 Chinese doctors to Japan for training and Development of Arctic Sea lanes that are usable year round His international aid activities have focused on three areas essential to life food security healthcare and education His aid activities within Japan have focused on areas not addressed by government policies including the development of the nation s nongovernmental organizations and volunteer activities the enhancement of services for senior citizens and those with disabilities and the donation of 20 000 care vehicles to social welfare organizations throughout Japan Both within Japan and around the world Sasakawa works on the front lines of humanitarian aid believing that effective support for public interest activities demands not only funding but personal commitment and participation Sasakawa has continually stressed that modern problems demand collaborative solutions and has built wide ranging networks encompassing the political governmental academic and private sectors One such example is Forum 2000 which he has overseen with former Czech President Vaclav Havel for 11 years This initiative brings together experts and distinguished individuals from around the world to discuss global issues and has generated a number of innovative programs as a result of their interaction His domestic work also transverses a wide number of areas including the development of measures to combat maritime piracy the publicizing of the operation of North Korean spy ships the training of hospice nurses and the building of networks to support crime victims Sasakawa is also known for his efforts to ensure passage of Japan s Basic Ocean Law in 2007 and his central role in organizing the Tokyo Marathon Through his focus on cooperation he has been able to achieve goals that would not have been possible working single handedly Leprosy elimination Edit Yohei Sasakawa sees leprosy elimination as a personal mission inherited from his father Ryoichi Sasakawa In 1965 he accompanied his father to a leprosy treatment facility in South Korea and the shock at seeing first hand the discrimination faced by people affected by leprosy convinced him of the need for leprosy control leading him to conduct own activities Sasakawa works to advance dialog between people affected by leprosy government leaders the media and other parties in many countries with a particular focus on places where the disease is endemic He focuses a special amount of effort on promoting an accurate understanding of the disease particularly the fact that it is curable and as part of this drive he has served as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination since May 2001 In the 1990s Sasakawa worked to promote the distribution of multidrug therapy MDT as a means of controlling leprosy However realizing that people affected by leprosy and even their families continue to face discrimination in areas such as employment and education even after they have been cured he has advocated that leprosy be approached not simply as a medical issue but as a social one involving human rights concerns In July 2003 he visited the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights seeking to bring the issue before the United Nations Human Rights Committee now the United Nations Human Rights Council Subsequently in March 2004 he raised the matter at a plenary session of the Commission As a result in August 2004 the Sub Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights initiated studies to formally address leprosy and its related discrimination issues as a human rights issue eventually unanimously approving a resolution calling on national governments leprosy related organizations and UN institutions to improve the current state of affairs Since then Sasakawa has continued to work to resolve leprosy s social aspects for example establishing the Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation in 2006 to assist the independence of people affected by the disease Sasakawa s international achievements in controlling leprosy have resulted in a number of international prizes such as the Yomiuri Shimbun s Yomiuri International Cooperation Prize 2004 and India s International Gandhi Award 2007 Most recently the Japanese foreign ministry appointed him as its Ambassador for the Human Rights of People Affected by Leprosy Maritime affairs Edit Today Sasakawa is also active in the very different field of maritime issues He has proposed the establishment of a new fund through which users would voluntarily contribute to the costs involved in securing maritime safety in the Strait of Malacca one of the world s busiest sea lanes By explaining the need for this in light of today s international conditions he advances activities intended to overturn the traditional idea that use of all sea routes should be free of charge In addition he is advancing new initiatives to address maritime issues in Japan including the establishment of the nation s first Basic Ocean Law working to change the Japanese paradigm that it is a country protected by the sea to one that protects the seas Beyond the shores of Japan and the wider region Sasakawa also established in 2004 the United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship Programme to contribute to the building of a new generation of ocean leaders and professionals Advocating for the importance of information disclosure by public interest groups Sasakawa maintains a daily blog in Japanese of his activities and thoughts Under Sasakawa s leadership The Nippon Foundation s disclosure efforts have won high marks amid government reforms of the public interest field In addition to creating a website CANPAN CSR Plus that helps businesses to participate directly in social welfare activities fulfilling their corporate social responsibility CSR Sasakawa advocates for work toward a society based on an integration of national and local governments nonprofit organizations and corporate CSR efforts The aim is a society where all members participate in creating the common good Major achievements at the Nippon Foundation Edit2018 Announced the launch of the CHANGE FOR THE BLUE project as a new large scale nationwide initiative bringing together multiple stakeholders including private sector entities the government and academic institutions to find and implement practical programs to address the problem of marine debris Launched the 13th Global Appeal to end stigma and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy endorsed by Disabled Peoples International from New Delhi India Held the National Leprosy Conference in Myanmar attended by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi calling for an end to discrimination against persons affected by leprosy Signed the Myanmar Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement NCA between the Myanmar Government and two ethnic armed organizations as a witness and in the capacity of Special Envoy of the Government of Japan As with the NCA signed in 2015 Japan was the only non adjacent country invited to this signing ceremony and pledged continued support for the peace process Held a ceremony to mark the completion of 460 schools built in cooperation with the Government of Myanmar Begun in 2002 the school construction program in Myanmar has built 300 schools in Shan State 100 schools in Rakhine State and 60 schools in Ayeyarwady Region Held the True Colours Festival an arts festival featuring performances by artists with disabilities from 18 countries in Singapore Opened The Nippon Foundation Para Arena a dedicated para sports gymnasium in Odaiba Tokyo that will provide a training environment for athletes aiming to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Held the first international conference in Asia dealing with human rights issues faced by persons with albinism focusing on sub Saharan Africa in close collaboration with the United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism 2017 Was awarded Gandhi Peace Prize for his contributions towards leprosy eradication in India and around the world Former winners of Gandhi Peace Prize include Nelson Mandela 2000 and Desmond Tutu 2005 Jury for the award is chaired by the Prime minister of India At a plenary meeting of the United Nations Ocean Conference proposed that the United Nations establish an intergovernmental panel for comprehensive ocean governance Together with the Inter Parliamentary Union IPU launched Global Appeal 2017 for the elimination of stigma and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy from New Delhi India Held a ceremony to mark the completion of buildings for conflict affected people in southeast Myanmar as the part of the First Rehabilitation Programme started in March 2016 Based on a further request from the Myanmar side started the Second Rehabilitation Programme which includes construction of houses schools health care centers and wells in Kayin State and Mon State with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Signed a partnership agreement with the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games for cooperation and coordination in the area of volunteer activities for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games 2016 Jointly organized the International Symposium on Leprosy and Human Rights in the Vatican with the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers and the Good Samaritan Foundation The Symposium adopted and approved Conclusion and Recommendations calling for an end to stigma and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy Established The Nippon Foundation Ocean Innovation Consortium a nationwide initiative that engages the industrial academic public and private sectors with the aim of building human capacity in offshore development Completed a distribution program to provide food and humanitarian assistance in conflict affected areas in Myanmar reaching a total of approximately 500 000 people over five years Launched the Rehabilitation Program with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and with the agreement of the Government of Myanmar to build houses schools health clinics and other facilities for conflict affected people in Myanmar The program covers the region under the influence of the ethnic armed organizations that signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in 2015 Launched the Seabed 2030 an initiative to map the world s ocean floor by the year 2030 The Japan China Sasakawa Medical Fellowship established to promote mutual understanding and friendship between China and Japan in medicine and health care in 1987 marked its 30th anniversary and saw the number of fellows reach approximately 2 200 2015 Launched the Maritime Safety and Security Policy Program MSP one of the few programs to offer a master s degree in this field This joint effort with the Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies GRIPS and the Japan Coast Guard nurtures specialists in the field of maritime safety and security in Asia Established The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center to strengthen the functions of national Para sports federations and to raise public awareness of paralympic movements toward the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games and beyond Led the Japanese government delegation of election observers in the Myanmar General Election Confirmed that the elections were held in a fair manner as a significant first step towards progress in democratization Signed the Myanmar Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement between the Myanmar Government and eight ethnic armed organizations as a witness and in the capacity of Special Envoy of the Government of Japan Japan was the only non adjacent country invited to this Signing Ceremony and pledged continued support for the peace process 2014 The number of Sasakawa Fellows from the International Maritime University IMU and the International Maritime Law Institute IMLI combined passed the 1 000 mark 2013 Appointed as Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for National Reconciliation in Myanmar Assisted in promoting dialogue between the Government of Myanmar and ethnic armed organizations at their request 2012 Led the distribution of US 3 million of food and medicine to conflict affected people in inaccessible areas of Myanmar under the influence of ethnic armed organizations Initiated a series of regional international symposia on leprosy and human rights to raise awareness and enhance implementation of the UN resolution and accompanying Principles and Guidelines on elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members The first symposium was held in Rio de Janeiro Brazil Subsequent symposia were held in New Delhi 2012 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia 2013 in Rabat Morocco 2014 and concluded with the final symposium in Geneva 2015 incorporating a research report and recommendations by an International Working Group 2011 Conducted various relief work projects in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami including distribution of emergency aid supplies support for nearly 700 volunteer groups working in affected areas and a symposium where world leading experts on radiation and health discussed the health risks for people in Fukushima These initiatives were funded by both domestic and overseas public donations Initiated the Tokyo Washington Dialog to develop bilateral policy proposals 2010 Assisted the Japanese government in submitting a resolution on elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members together with accompanying Principles and Guidelines to the UN Human Rights Council The resolution was subsequently adopted by the UN General Assembly Established schools of prosthetics and orthotics in Indonesia and the Philippines 2009 Launched ASEAN Secretariat The Nippon Foundation Project on Leprosy and Human Dignity 2008 As the Japanese Government s Goodwill Ambassador for the Human Rights of Persons Affected by Leprosy assisted the Japanese government in submitting to the UN Human Rights Council a draft resolution on elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members by the UN Human Rights Council 2007 Established the Aids to Navigation Fund a new initiative for the protection of the Malacca Singapore Straits 2006 Established the Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation in New Delhi Launched the Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy 2004 Launched the Traditional Medicine Project in Mongolia 2000 Built an international network of maritime universities 2000 Initiated The Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals API Fellowships in five countries in Asia 1999 Provided pediatric medical assistance to victims of the Chernobyl Disaster 1993 Chaired an international joint research program to develop an Arctic shipping route 1991 Contributed extensively to the WHO program to eliminate leprosy 1987 Established the Sasakawa Medical Scholarship Program to train 2000 Chinese medical doctors 1987 Created the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund SYLFF a grant in aid program which has resulted in a network of 69 major universities worldwide 1986 Initiated the Sasakawa Global 2000 Program to enable African nations to achieve self sufficiency in staple crop production 1967 Provided support for a navigational safety program in the Malacca Singapore StraitsOther professional positions EditSpecial Envoy of the Government of Japan for National Reconciliation in Myanmar 2013 Present Goodwill Ambassador for the Welfare of the National Races in Myanmar Appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan 2012 Present Goodwill Ambassador for the Human Rights of Persons Affected by Leprosy Appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan 2007 Present World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination 2001 Present Trustee Foundation Franco Japonaise Sasakawa Trustee United States Japan Foundation Trustee Scandinavia Japan Sasakawa Foundation Trustee The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Advisor The Tokyo Foundation Advisor The Sasakawa Japan China Friendship FundHonors Edit2019 Person of Cultural Merit 2019 Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Japan 2018 Gandhi Peace Prize Awarded in 2019 1 2018 Honorary Citizenship of the Republic of Palau 2018 The Royal Order of Monisaraphon Knight Grand Cross Cambodia 2017 Ocean s 8 Award The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO 2017 Health and Human Rights Award International Council of Nurses 2017 Plus ratio quam vis Medal Jagiellonian University Poland 2017 Health for All Gold Medal WHO 2016 The Award of Distinction of the President of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences 2015 International Maritime Prize IMO Awarded in 2014 2014 The Rule of Law Award International Bar Association 2013 Gold Medal for Merits Republic of Serbia 2013 Friendship Medal Socialist Republic of Vietnam 2011 Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sahametrei Cambodia 2011 Commander of the Order of Recognition Central African Republic 2010 Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog Denmark 2010 Order of Timor Leste East Timor 2010 Ethiopian Millenium Gold Medal 2010 Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland 2010 Commander s Cross with Star of the Order of the Falcon Iceland 2010 Commander of the Order of the Defender of the Realm Malaysia 2010 Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit Norway 2010 Commander First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star Sweden 2010 Dr Norman E Borlaug Medallion of the World Food Prize 2010 The Diploma of an Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences 2010 The Patriarch s Chart of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill 2007 Order of the Pole Star Mongolia 2007 Coast Guard Legion of Honor Degree of Maginoo 2006 Commander of the National Order of Mali 2006 International Gandhi Award 2004 Yomiuri International Cooperation Prize Japan 2003 Commander of the Royal Order of Monisaraphon Cambodia 2003 National Construction Decoration Cambodia 2003 Officer of the National Order of Madagascar Republic of Madagascar 2003 The Special Award World Maritime University Sweden 2001 Vaclav Havel Memorial Medal President Vaclav Havel Czech Republic 2001 Millennium Gandhi Award International Leprosy Union 2000 Decerne la Medaille d Honneur de Menerbes France 2000 International Green Pen Awards honour Pacific Environmental Journalism Fiji 2000 Grand Officer of the Order for Merit Romania 1998 Al Hussein Bin Ali Decoration for Accomplishment First Degree Jordan 1998 Health For All Gold Medal World Health Organization 1997 China Health Medal Republic of China 1996 Francis Skorina Medal Belarus 1996 Commander of the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service Peru 1996 Kin Inka Sho Peru 1996 Order of Friendship Russian Federation 1996 Order of Merit Third Class Ukraine 1995 Order of the Grand Star of Djibouti Republic of Djibouti 1989 Grand Officer of the Order of Mono Togo Honorary degrees Edit 2019 Doctor of Humanities Ateneo de Manila University Philippines 2018 Honorary Doctor Institute of Engineering and Technology Mongolia 2018 Advisory Professor Jilin University China 2017 Doctor of Laws University of Minnesota USA 2016 Doctor Honoris Causa Sofia University Bulgaria 2013 Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University University of York The United Kingdom 2012 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities University of Malaya Malaysia 2012 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Agricultural Development Honoris Causa Hawassa University 2010 Honorary Academician Russian Academy of Natural Science 2009 Honorary Professorship Yunnan University China 2008 Honorary Degree of Doctor in Humane Letters University for Peace 2008 Honorary Professorship Dalian University of Foreign Language China 2007 Honorary Doctor of Humanity University of Cambodia Cambodia 2007 Honorary Professorship Guizhou University China 2007 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Rochester Institute of Technology USA 2006 Honorary Professorship Dalian Maritime University China 2005 Doctor Honoris Causa Jadavpur University India 2004 Honorary Professorship Shanghai Maritime University China 2004 Doctor Honoris Causa World Maritime University Sweden 2004 Honorary Professorship Heilongjiang University China 2004 Honorary Professorship Harbin Medical University China 2003 Honorary Professorship China Medical University China 2003 Doctor Honoris Causa The Academy of Management Mongolia 2000 Doctor Honoris Causa The University of Bucharest Romania 2000 Doctor Honoris Causa The University of Cape Coast Ghana 2000 Honorary Professorship Yanbian University ChinaPublication Edit2019 No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me One Man s Quest for a Leprosy Free World C Hurst amp Co Publishers Ltd London English 2019 My Struggle against Leprosy Festina Lente Japan Tokyo English References Edit Japan s Sasakawa Yōhei Wins International Gandhi Peace Prize for Hansen s Disease Work Nippon com 25 January 2019 Retrieved 20 September 2020 Shukumei No Senki Yohei Sasakawa Hansenbyou Seiatsu No Kiroku My Life s Work Yohei Sasakawa The Battle Against Leprosy Fumihiko Takayama 2017 Shogakukan Shukumei No Ko Sasakawa Ichizoku No Shinwa Born with a Mission The Story of the Sasakawa Family Fumihiko Takayama 2014 Shogakukan Social Change Yohei Sasakawa Nippon Zaidan To Ikikata Wo Kataru Social Change Yohei Sasakawa Discusses Life and The Nippon Foundation Takashi Ito 2019 Chuo Koron ShinshaExternal links EditThe Nippon Foundation Website Nippon Foundation YouTube Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Yōhei Sasakawa amp oldid 1028829883, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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