Back in 2003, after 6 months studying Political Science in San Diego, California, Tsutomu worked for United Nations Development Programme in Tokyo, with interest in HIV/AIDS, dedicating to Public Relations Unit assisting in some International Conferences and analysing UNDP website by qualitative and quantitative methods.
Tsutomu has been a peer educator in Tokyo, Japan for over 5 years. He recognizes himself as gay/MSM, and has been focusing on general youth including gay/MSM population.
He has facilitated a number of workshops taken in both Japanese and English. In 2005, Tsutomu had the opportunity to get involved with youth cafe event as Master of Ceremony (MC) at the 7th International Conference on HIV/AIDS in Asia and Pacific regions in Kobe (western part of Japan) (ICAAP7) , facilitated around 10 youth performances and bridged peer education between ones overseas in Asian Countries and that of Japanese.
As a leading youth advocate in Japan, in April, 2006 Tsutomu was selected as a GYCA National Focal Point for Japan and wrote a National Youth Report from the perspective of his peer education experience for UNGASS+5 Review meeting held in New York City. In May 2006, with the help of GYCA, Tsutomu successfully advocated to getting youth into the national delegation of UNGASS+5 and was the very first youth in the national delegation of Japanese history in UNGASS. After the UNGASS+5, Tsutomu was given a great opportunity to join the youth pre-conference in Toronto and the main 16th International AIDS Conference 2006.
Upon returning to Japan, Tsutomu co-chaired and helped spearhead a huge campaign called ‘wAds’ (World AIDS Day Series), where local youth held World AIDS Day activities with the theme ‘Voice’. The campaign lasted 2 months from October 27th – December 21st, 2006 and comprised of 32 events, ranging from AIDS awareness raising clubs, condom distribution throughout Tokyo, international visual symposiums, and a lot of media coverage on HIV/AIDS. As a result, Tsutomu and his colleagues collected the voices of over 2000 Japanese youth who were unsatisfied with what they learned in public education with regard to sex and HIV/AIDS.
In 2007 at the 8th ICAAP in Colombo, Tsutomu serves as Youth Chief Rapporteur on behalf of the voice of the Asia and Pacific region.
In 2008, Tsutomu joined the youth-pre conference and the main 17th Internaitonal in Mexico City.
Apart from his active involvement in GYCA, Tsutomu is currently working at the African-Japan Forum as publishing 1,200-reader-subscribe e-magazine namaed "Global AIDS update" in Japanese for more than 4 years. Recently he has been a member of "Gay Japan News" as editor and advocate.
He has a Bachelors degree in International Relations from the University of Tsukuba and is seeking master of science (Health Science) at University of Tokyo. He speaks English, Japanese and intermediate Spanish (porque se quedo en Guatemala durante 3 meces para hacer vountario, El les enseno Espanol y matematica a chiquitos jeje).
With the regard to have fun =)
Tsutomu likes to chill out with friends in the weekend and go clubbing. Also big fun of Japanese story-telling (Rakugo). He is a finisher of full marathon!
That is all. Thanks for reading!
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