2004 Leadership Award Honoree
by International Leadership Foundation held in Washington D.C. on
July 15, 2004
Dr. Teruhisa Mokuno
Improving Care for the Elderly
Sixteen years ago, Dr. Mokuno founded the non-profit organization,
Sun-Life & Welfare Organization, which is to act as a care
services provider for the elderly in Japan. Some ten years
ago, he founded another non-profit organization; Sun-Vision & Welfare
Organization, which provides care services for the elderly
in institutional settings.
Today, Dr. Mokuno operates more than two dozen facilities
with satellite centers around the core of main facilities in
Japan. His organization more than 1,300 employees, who are
hold positions as administrators at the facilities, medical
doctors, social workers, occupational and physical therapists
and care given in addition to other supporting staff.
From the lessons he has learned at his facilities, Dr. Mokuno
travels the world to encourage the spread of quality care for
the elderly. He has developed international alliances with
universities and counterparts in foreign countries including
Australia, Sweden, and New Zealand. In the United States he
has worked closely with the National Asian Pacific Center on
Aging, and has developed "Elder Workshop Programs" in partnership
with John F. Kennedy University in California. He is a recognized
expert on the issue of care services for the elderly Asian
in foreign countries, most notably the United States.
Upon graduating from a technical college in Nagoya, Dr. Mokuno
began his career as an architect with his own urban development
firm, focusing on the development of a collaborative community
that promotes close interactions and friendships. He was awarded
a citation of excellence in his professional accomplishments
in this field by the Japanese government.
Dr. Mokuno has earned an Honorary Doctorate in Public Policy
from John F. Kennedy University and is currently a distinguished
visiting research scholar at the university.
Dr. Mokuno is the author of many theses and publications.
He is the father of three children and his wife, who is also
an active volunteer for the elderly, is one of the most active
social dance performers in Nagoya.