On Monday, March 30, 2015, Ashinaga President Tamai delivered a letter of appointment of Kenjin-Tatsujin Council to Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, the honorable president of St. Luke’s International Hospital.
Dr. Hinohara was born in 1911; and will be turning 103 years old this year. Dr. Hinohara is a medical practitioner and a doctor of medicine who introduced the first complete medical checkup system in Japan. Dr. Hinohara received a Cultural Medal in 2005 for his effort and dedication to improve Japanese medical science, propelling methods of preventive medicine and terminal care. Dr. Hinohara also received the Albert Schweitzer’s Award in 2013 from Austria.
Living more than a century, he always keeps himself busy. His schedule is full of appointments for the next two to three years. He is also known as a great author not only of medical science books but also of instruction books in the ways of life, including his best seller Expert of life which sold 1.2 million copies. In addition to his great medical career, Dr. Hinohara’s compassionate, vibrant, and positive character attracts people and gains respect through his books, television and radio programs. He is greatly admired as an inaspiration to the older generation.
After Mr. Fujimura’s explanation about the Ashinaga Africa Initiative, Dr. Hinohara remarked, “Oh, what a great vision! I am very excited for your grand plan.” Dr. Hinohara immediately and willingly accepted our proposal to join the Kenjin-Tatsujin Council supporting the Ashinaga Africa Initiative.
Dr. Hinohara adds power and influence to our Kenjin-Tatsujin Council. We expect that valid members of this council from all over the world will show their commitment and dedication to support our African scholars with their wisdom and networks. Ashinaga is taking a huge leap forward to make this vision become a reality.