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Yasunobu Ishii

Director

Nippon Foundation, the (TNF) Expertise: Inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities. He is also an expert on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction.

Mr. Yasunobu Ishii works for The Nippon Foundation, which has various humanitarian programs in fields such as social welfare, education, and disaster relief in over one hundred countries. As well as directing the foundation’s disability programs around the world, he is also in charge of the UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction, which has been conducted by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) since 1986.

After the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster in 2011, Mr. Ishii initiated a Relief Support Project for Deaf Victims to implement services for the improvement of the psychological health of the deaf and hearing impaired, who have been struggling to rebuild their lives in the affected areas. He also launched the Video Remote Interpreting Project for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

In light of the lessons learned from the earthquake in Japan, Mr. Ishii has been engaged in the promotion of disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction. He has worked on the production of the documentary film "Messages of Life: Twice as Many Persons with Disabilities Passed Away on March Eleventh”. He has also organized various international meetings on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction.

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