Commemorative Ceremony and Celebration of the 50th Anniversary
of the Foundation of Nomura Center for Lifelong Integrated Education

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

from 11:30 to 13:00
at Akebono Room, Hotel Okura Tokyo
from 13:00 to 15:00
at Heian Room
Opening Address Toast
Mrs. Masuko Tamatani
Executive Director, Nomura Center
Prof. Akihiro Chiba
Advisor, Institute for Educational Research and Service
International Christian University
Addresses from the Guests Violin
Mr. Kihei Maekawa
Director-General, Minister's Secretariat
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Congratulatory Addresses
Prof. Colin N. Power
Former Deputy Director-General & Assistant Director-General for Education of UNESCO
Mrs. Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta
Director, UNESCO Office in Dakar and Regional Bureau for Education in Africa
Mr. Naoki Murata
Director-General, Public Diplomacy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Arne Carlsen
Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
Dr. Barbara Ischinger
Director, Directorate for Education, OECD
Mr. Noboru Noguchi
Director-General, National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan
Video Film Performances of Japanese drums
"Founder Yoshiko Nomura" Congratulatory Addresses
Prof. Magnus Haavelsrud
Professor emeritus of Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Address Mrs. Fujiko Hara
President, Diplomatt, Inc.
Mrs. Yumiko Kaneko
Director General, Nomura Center
Prof. Dr. Hans Koechler
President, International Progress Organization
Mrs. Amal Abou Emara
Chief of the Palestinian Branch, Nomura Center
Closing Remarks
Mrs. Yasuko Ubukata
Director, Nomura Center

Determined to create a bright future for all children and mankind, the members of the Nomura Center for Lifelong Integrated Education have since the founding of the Center in 1962 pushed ahead in earnest and consistent efforts in our search of truth, and before we knew it our efforts and deeds became a history of fifty years.
At a time when the very term "lifelong education" was still very new to us, our Founder Mrs. Yoshiko Nomura was blazing trails across new frontiers. Under her leadership of more than forty years and under the leadership of Director General Mrs. Yumiko Kaneko of about ten years, the Center's activities have at all times involved families, the community and international society.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Center, 390 people came together at the Akebono Room in the Hotel Okura Tokyo on Sunday, March 4. There was a group of special people whom we had come to know in the course of our work and who demonstrated to us over the years their deep understanding and friendship as well as their empathy and support without reservation. Among our overseas guests were representatives from UNESCO, and from other international organizations including the OECD, and ambassadors to Japan from Bulgaria, Timor-Leste and Nepal. Also in attendance were representatives of networks with whom we have maintained relations through our work for many years, members from our overseas branches and distinguished guests from all sectors of society, and leader members of the Nomura Center from every region of Japan. After the conclusion of the smooth proceedings of the anniversary ceremony, guests proceed to Heian Room to enjoy a celebratory reception. Mr. Yukio Watari, deputy chief of the Course on Human Studies, presided at the ceremony and Mrs. Rie Mori, chief of the Kagoshima chapter, served as mistress of ceremonies during the reception.
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Details of the Ceremony and Celebration are on our English newsletter "Nomura Center News No.63".

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