The JCIE family mourns the death of Tadashi Yamamoto, who passed away in Tokyo on April 15, 2012, after a short illness. In 1970, as Japan was reemerging on the world stage as a major power, Tadashi founded JCIE in order to strengthen his country's contributions to the international community. In Japan, at the time, the idea of creating a wholly independent international affairs institute that was not sponsored by the government or a business and which would be involved in political exchange and policy affairs was considered revolutionary. However, with help from friends in Japan and around the world, JCIE survived its difficult first years and, under Tadashi's leadership, grew to become one of the country's leading international affairs institutes.
His long legacy includes the ties that he nurtured between political leaders in Japan and overseas through dialogue programs—most notably the groundbreaking US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program—that have brought more than 1,000 political leaders to one another's countries, as well as the many initiatives he spearheaded to educate and nurture the younger generation of Japanese political leaders by engaging them in substantive foreign policy discussions with domestic and foreign experts. Among other accomplishments, this legacy extends to his contributions to stronger Korea-Japan and ASEAN-Japan ties, his work behind the scenes to promote the adoption of human security as a pillar of Japanese foreign policy; and his extraordinary success in helping to encourage Japan to expand its contributions in the global fight against HIV/AIDS and other deadly communicable diseases.
With all of his achievements, though, he reserved the greatest pride for his beloved wife, Chiyoko, who passed away in 2007, and his four sons, four daughter-in-laws, and eight grandsons, who survive him.