Ms Yukiko Nakanishi was born and raised in Japan. She graduated with a BA in foreign languages and literatures and an MA in English literature, both from the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo. Ms Nakanishi is currently the Founder and President of the Asia Disability Institute, a member of the Normalisation Editorial Committee, the Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, President of the Committee on Public Information and Awareness Raising (Japan NGO Network on Disabilities), a member of the Support Committee on Persons with Disabilities for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as well as a member of the Committee for Disability Policy Reform for the prime minister.
In addition to her advocacy for the disabled, Ms Nakanishi also teaches at St Paul University, Open University of Japan, and the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine. Some of her recent publications include “Deliberation on Possibilities to Develop IL Movement in Developing Countries” (2008, Institute on Developing Economies) and “Human Security and Disabled Persons” (2008, Research Room for Disarmament).
For her work, Ms Nakanishi has received various honours, including the Prime Minister’s Award Commemorating International Day for Disabled Persons (2002), Female Volunteer Grand Prize, Soroptimist Japan (1996), and the Kazuo Itoga International Memorial Award (2002).