Yuka Saionji Matsuura is a Deputy Chairperson of Byakko Shinko Kai, an organisation dedicated to world peace and raising the consciousness of humanity that originated in Japan over fifty years ago: WWW.BYAKKO.ORG. It was founded by Yuka’s grandfather, Masahisa Goi who came up with the universal peace prayer “may peace prevail on earth”. Yuka is also a representative of the Goi Peace Foundation www.goipeace.or.jp which promotes peace through education and building cooperation among people from diverse fields. The Goi Peace Foundation initiated the Fuji Declaration, an international alliance of individuals and organizations that are united by a shared commitment to live and collaborate toward the advancement of a more harmonious and flourishing world. She is a board member of the Miratsuku (meaning: Emerging Future), a nonprofit organization working on community-building and social innovations.
Yuka was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan but also lived in the United States and Germany during her childhood years. She has a degree in law from Gakushuin University in Japan. She has a published book in Japan called The Notebook of the Heart, which was introduced in local newspapers. Yuka Saionji with Bob Stilger wrote a book chapter on their work in Japan after the triple disasters. Published as part of the International Leadership Association’s “Leading with Spirit, Presence and Authenticity” volume of the building leadership bridges series, the book chapter highlights the power of resilience of communities in Japan after the triple disaster.