I am going to visit London this week for the release of the final report on a five-year project exploring how Japan and the United Kingdom are adapting to a changing world and for the launch of two books of mine on the fight against leprosy.
On May 29, I will participate in an event to release the final report on the UK-Japan Global Seminar Series that The Nippon Foundation launched together with the Royal Institute of International Affairs, known as Chatham House, and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation in 2013. The series explored ways in which the two countries can deepen and expand their cooperation to address a number of pressing regional and global challenges.
The focus of this partnership has been a series of high-profile annual conferences, alternating between London and Tokyo, as well as numerous smaller workshops and discussion seminars. The final report represents the culmination of all these activities from 2013 to 2017.
I will then attend an event on May 30 jointly organized by the Japanese Embassy in London and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation to mark the publication and launch of two English-language books on my battle to eliminate leprosy.
No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me: One Man's Quest for a Leprosy-free World published by Hurst Publishers, depicts my mission in life to eliminate leprosy from the world and end the social discrimination it causes as Chairman of The Nippon Foundation and World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination.
In this volume, I described in detail for the first time what has driven me in pursuit of a leprosy-free world for more than 40 years, starting with how I came to devote myself, as my father did, to humanitarian activities−especially leprosy work.
Through this book, my hope is that readers will come to understand the path that I and The Nippon Foundation have taken in our quest for a world free of leprosy and the discrimination it causes.
My Struggle against Leprosy, published by Festina Lente, is a compilation of my introductory messages from more than 90 issues of the WHO Goodwill Ambassador’s Newsletter for the Elimination of Leprosy issued since 2003 and 20 articles on anti-leprosy themes that I issued through the news and opinion website Huffpost in 2017.
The Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation’s Office of Joint Program on Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) have provided context for these pieces with a background summary.
I am looking forward to attending these events in London and exchanging views with many friends and partners on stepped-up Japan-UK cooperation and on the global battle against leprosy.
You can read a review of No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me: One Man's Quest for a Leprosy-free World in the March 4 issue of Nature HERE.