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2017 Facilitators




Aya Kasai

Expressive Arts Therapist, California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Lecturer at Miyazaki International College, Miyazaki, Japan.

Aya Kasai, Ph.D. studied counseling psychology with a concentration in expressive arts therapy at California Institute of Integral Studies. She has also completed trauma training at Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Aya works as a therapist in private practice, schools and hospitals, and conducts workshops and teaches expressive arts therapy. Having been born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan and having studied and worked in multiple countries she has special interests in cross-cultural issues and how historical and collective trauma affects individuals and communities. Committed to promoting personal and social healing, Aya collaborates with therapists, educators, artists and peace workers and uses creative arts to facilitate therapeutic groups that enhance community building and dialogue.


Cheryl Woelk

Program Coordinator, Language for Peace, Seoul, South Korea

Cheryl Woelk is a language instructor and a peace educator. She has worked in various cultural settings, including China, South Korea, East Timor, and with newcomer communities and university language programs in the US and Canada. She currently serves as the head teacher at Connexus language institute and coordinates the Language for Peace project, integrating language and peace education curriculum. She grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada, and she holds a BA in English, a certificate in TEFL, an MA in Education from Eastern Mennonite University, and a graduate certificate in peacebuilding from EMU's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Cheryl lives in Seoul, South Korea with her spouse and son.



Atsuhiro Katano

Adjunct Instructor of International Studies, Hokusei Gakuen University, Sapporo, Visiting Research

Fellow, International Peace Research Institute, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo. Atsuhiro (Hiro) Katano graduated from Chuo University (Tokyo) with an MA in international politics and from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (US) with an MA in peace studies. He also completed Mediation Skills Training Institute at Lombard Mennnonite Peace Center (US). He teaches peace studies, international relations and legal studies at several universities around Sapporo area. He is a member of Sapporo Bethel Mennonite Church and actively involved in writing and teaching ministry on Christian faith and peace issues. He is a board member of Peace Missions Center, which is in charge of promotion of NARPI among Mennonite churches in Japan. He has contributed chapters to Peace Movements and Pacifism after September 11 (Edward Elgar, 2008), Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics (Routledge, 2009) and Overcoming Violence in Asia (Cascadia, 2011). He holds the third-dan black belt of Daitoryu Mudenjuku, a school of Japanese classical martial arts.



Jae Young Lee

Executive Director, Korea Peacebuilding Institute, Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute

Lee Jae Young graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with an MA in Conflict Transformation, with a focus on Restorative Justice. He has founded several organizations in the fields of Restorative Justice, Peacebuilding, and Conflict Transformation. He has conducted various workshops on peace education, restorative justice, and mediation training for schools, government, NGOs, and organizations in Korea. He is one of the first facilitators for the victim offender reconciliation program in Korea, including at Seoul Family Court. He has facilitated a mediation course at Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) in the Philippines. He is also a co-author of the conflict resolution manuals Public Dispute Management (2005) and Peace and Conflict Resolution Education (2002). He translated Dr. Hizkias Assefa's book, Peace and Reconciliation as a Paradigm (2005), and co-translated the mediation training manual Mediation Skills Training Manual (Nancy Good Sider, 2007) and Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools (Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz and Judy Mullet, 2011). Currently he lives with family and staff in Peace Building Community.


Kathy Matsui

Professor, Global Citizenship Studies, Seisen University (Tokyo, Japan)

Kathy R. Matsui, Ph.D. is professor at the Department of Global Citizenship Studies, Seisen University (Tokyo, Japan) and teaches courses on conflict resolution and peace related subjects. She received doctorate degree from Leadership Studies Program, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington. Her research concerns are development of capacities for conflict resolution and reconciliation. She works with peace researchers and educators internationally in International Institute on Peace Education and Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict. As a peace educator, she focuses her activities on Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI) and Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI). She is currently an advisory board member for Hague Appeal for Peace, Global Campaign for Peace Education. She is also active in her participation in inter-religious dialogue and cooperation for world peace as a member of the Women's Executive Committee, Peace Research Institute and the Peace Education Task Force of World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP).

 
Kyoko Okumoto

Chairperson, Northeast Asia Regional Peacebulding Institute; Professor, Department of International & English Interdisciplinary Studies, Osaka Jogakuin University; Secretary-general, Peace Studies Association of Japan; Board Member, Transcend Japan; Regional Convener for North East Asia, Transcend International; Board Member, Nonviolence Peaceforce Japan; leader, ACTION-Asia

Kyungmook Kim, Ph.D. was born in Tokyo and raised and mostly educated both in Tokyo and Seoul. After graduating with a B.A. from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, he completed his M.A. and Ph.D. at University of Tokyo. While he was doing his Ph.D. project, he also worked as a program officer at Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC), and got involved in the Korean peninsula and the former Yugoslavia. Currently he is a professor at Waseda University, and before joining Waseda, he taught Peace Studies at Chukyo University as a course manager for 11 years. He serves a board member of JVC and Oxfam Japan. He has several book publications/chapters including: a textbook for Peace Education, Kim, Bell and Menadue-Chun(eds.) A North Korean Refugee: Hana's Stories, Asiapress, 2016.

 
Kyungmook Kim

Professor of Global Asian Studies - School of Culture, Media and Society - Waseda University

Kyungmook Kim, Ph.D. was born in Tokyo and raised and mostly educated both in Tokyo and Seoul. After graduating with a B.A. from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, he completed his M.A. and Ph.D. at University of Tokyo. While he was doing his Ph.D. project, he also worked as a program officer at Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC), and got involved in the Korean peninsula and the former Yugoslavia. Currently he is a professor at Waseda University, and before joining Waseda, he taught Peace Studies at Chukyo University as a course manager for 11 years. He serves a board member of JVC and Oxfam Japan. He has several book publications/chapters including: a textbook for Peace Education, Kim, Bell and Menadue-Chun(eds.) A North Korean Refugee: Hana's Stories, Asiapress, 2016.

Oyunsuren Damdinsuren

Senior Lecturer, National University of Mongolia; Steering Committee Member, NARPI; Board Chair, Amnesty International Mongolia

Oyunsuren Damdinsuren graduated from INALCO (France) with an MA in International Relations and the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University (USA) with an MA in International Affairs. She teaches courses on contemporary diplomacy, international organizations, and conflict resolution and peace studies. Recent publications in Mongolian include "Introduction to International Relations and Globalization" (co-author, 2016), "Introduction to Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Diplomatic Service" (co-author, 2009) and "Role of Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Status for Protecting Mongolia's National Security" (co-author, 2008). She translated Dr. Nigel Ashford's book "Principles for a Free Society" (2001), Amnesty International: Good News 2010, UNESCO's Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2011: The Hidden Crises: Armed Conflict and Education, UNESCO's Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2010: Reaching the Marginalized, and OHCHR's Rights of Migrant Workers (2009). In 2014, she initiated and organized the first peace studies conference in Mongolia and in 2015 successfully hosted the 5 th NARPI Summer Peacebuilding Training in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Ryozo Teruoka

Researcher at Kawasaki Peace Museum, Board Member of Kawasaki Peace Education Video Resource Selection Board; Part-time lecturer at Toyo Gakuen University; Part-time lecturer at Chuo University; Chairperson of Peace Education Program Committee, Peace Studies Association of Japan; Board Member of Peace Studies Association of Japan

Ryozo Teruoka graduated from University of Birmingham with a Master of Social Science in Russian and East European Studies and from European University Center for Peace Studies with a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies. During his student period, his focus area of study was nationalism and inter-ethnic conflicts in former Yugoslav states and former USSR states. After completing his study, he began to work in humanitarian NGOs conducting a mobile clinic project in Myanmar/Burma, vocational training in Kosovo/a and workshop camps aiming at multi-ethnic coexistence in Kosovo/a. He currently works as a researcher at Kawasaki Peace Museum, as well as teaching in universities and providing peace education workshops to elementary schools, junior-high schools, and high schools. In these years, his main area of interest is to develop a culture of coexistence in Asia/Eurasia and to reduce ethno-centrism/racism in Japan.

Syd Wang

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, Soochow University

Hsing-Chung (Syd) Wang has been a human rights educator since 2010 and has some experience with non-violent campaign training. He has worked with various civil society organizations, including a public policy think tank, election observations and human rights groups. He was the director of Amnesty International Taiwan from 2008 to 2010. He used to be a journalist and won the Outstanding Journalist Research Grant in 2001. Syd got his PhD degree in Political Science from Soochow University in 2009 and graduated from the Department of Law, National Taiwan University in 1991.

Tommy Lee Woon

Somatic Healer, Consultant, and Chair of the Board of Directors, Foundation for Human Enrichment and the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.

Born and raised in the United States Tommy, M.S. Counseling, recently retired as a cancer survivor. He was the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, a senior cabinet position at Naropa University, a unique school founded by a former Buddhist monk. He spent his career in multicultural affairs positions at several U.S. universities and has also taught emotional literacy and cultural competency self-care classes at the Stanford and Dartmouth Medical Schools. He holds certificates as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner from Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and as a Compassion Cultivation Teacher from the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research, and Education (C-CARE) at Stanford University Medical School. Committed to transforming the self to healing generational trauma. He is currently learning spiritual healing and consulting with Native Alaskans on using ePortfolios for cultural identity development and inter-generational wellness.


Yutaka Ohata

Co-Director, Nonviolent Peaceforce Japan

Yutaka Ohata is a former field volunteer for Peace Brigades International (PBI), for the Sri Lanka project. He facilitates Nonviolence Trainings for peace groups, anti-nuclear power groups, women's groups, and teachers. Recently he is involved with the anti-US military base movement in Okinawa, and now resides in Okinawa and works for Anti-War and Peace Museum in Ie Island, Okinawa. The museum was founded by Shoko Ahagon, who was called "Gandhi of Okinawa."