EWC Mourns Passing of Board Member Tadashi Yamamoto


The East-West Center joins many in the international relations community in mourning the April 15 passing of EWC Board of Governors member Tadashi Yamamoto, a strong advocate of the development of a vibrant, internationalized civil society in Japan and of deepened Japanese ties with other countries.

The founder and longtime president of the Japan Center for International Exchange, Mr. Yamamoto helped establish several key international dialogues, including the US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program and the Trilateral Commission. He received numerous honors and awards, including in 2011 the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan’s national honor for distinguished achievement in international relations. He served as an international member of the East-West Center board from 2004 until his death Sunday at age 76.

"There is no one whom I would count as a closer or more generous mentor, teacher and friend,” said EWC President Charles E. Morrison, who had a long professional and personal connection with Yamamoto. “Tadashi’s extraordinary achievements were rooted in visionary thinking, a focus on achieving goals, and the passion and dedication he brought to every task. An extraordinary intellect and a true internationalist, he will be tremendously missed."