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Yoshiko Shiotani

Ex-governor of Kumamoto / Board Chairperson, Japan College of Social Work: Japan

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Born in Saga Prefecture, Japan, Yoshiko Shiotani graduated from Nihon Shakai Jigyo University. After working as a social work manager in Oita Prefecture, Prof. Shiotani became the head of the Ji Ai En Infant Home in Kumamoto Prefecture. In 1999, she was appointed vice-governor of Kumamoto. She assumed the office of governor in 2000 and served 2 terms. She advocated for "Universal Design" as a basic principle for the prefectural government. In April 2009, she became the president of Nagasaki International University. She retired from Nagasaki International University in March 2012. In May 2012, Prof. Shiotani became the director of Nihon Shakai Jigyo University.

Publications :

  • Picture Book:   Kokoro No Memory.  (authors) Yoshiko Shiotani and Yoshikazu Shiotani, (illustrator) Chizuru Iwasaki, (publisher) Gallery Vansankan, May, 2005.

  • Supervisor:   Oomori, Kai, and Moriyama. "Kodomo wo miru henka wo mitsumeru hoiku".  Hoiku No Shinkadai (New Topics in Childcare ), Oct. 2005 issue 10.

Community Work Experience:

  • 1998 March, Director, Foundation for the Promotion and Development of Human Rights Education
  • 2008 September, Council member, Joint Management Council of Kyushu Institute of Technology
  • 2009 July, Committee member, Management Committee of National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • 2010 April, Council member, Joint Management Council of Nagasaki University
  • 2011 June, Director, Kenkou-Ikigai Development Foundation Society
  • 2011 June, Board Member, Japan Association of Christians in Social Work
  • 2011 June, Member, Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare "Investigative Commission on the Current State of Illnesses of Atomic Bomb Survivors"
  • 2012 March, Chair, Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, Economic Partnership Agreement, "Investigative Commission on Applicants to the National Exam for Certified Care Workers"
  • 2012 March, Director, Kyusyu Lutheran College
  • 2012 April, Special Adviser, Saga Prefectural Gender Equality Center and Lifelong Education Center "Avance"
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