Toyama Atsuko

Toyama Atsuko (遠山 敦子) (born December 10, 1938) is a former bureaucrat in the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science, and Technology. She is a trustee of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the head of the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center in Shizuoka.

Toyama Atsuko
Native name
遠山敦子
BornDecember 10, 1938
Kuwana, Mie
NationalityJapanese
OccupationBureaucrat

Early life and education

Toyama was born in Kuwana, Mie, Japan. She grew up in Shizuoka. She graduated from Tokyo University.[1]

Career

After graduation in 1962 Toyama joined the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science, and Technology. She was one of the first women to become a bureaucrat there, rising quickly to head departments and bureaus.[1] She worked mostly in higher education, and became the director-general of the higher education bureau. After leaving government work, she became the ambassador to Turkey in June 1996[2] and the director of the National Museum of Western Art in April 2000.

Toyama was the Minister of Education, Culture, Sport, Science, and Technology in the first Koizumi Cabinet in 2001.[3] She worked there for two and a half years, until 2003.[4] During her tenure Toyama released a plan to reform Japan's national universities by reorganizing internal structures and make thirty of Japan's universities "world-class".[5] There were also changes to how researchers obtain funding, including the newly established "Centers of Excellence", which made academic departments compete for funding. The "Toyama plan" was built on work that she had done during her previous government work.[6]

Toyama was the president of the New National Theater Foundation, the Toyota Foundation, the Panasonic Foundation and the Japan Ikebana Art Association.[7] Toyama also taught at the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies.[8]

In April 2013 Toyama was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun.[9]

In 2017 she became the head of the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center in Shizuoka.[10] Toyama is also a trustee of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.[11]

Selected bibliography

  • Toyama, Atsuko (2013). Koshikata no ki : Hitosuji no michi o ayunde gojunen. Kamakurashunjusha. ISBN 9784774005942. OCLC 848060489.]
  • Tōyama, Atsuko (2004). Kō kawaru gakkō kō kawaru daigaku. Tōkyō: Kōdansha. ISBN 4062123215. OCLC 55864164.
  • Toyama, Atsuko (2001). Toruko seiki no hazama de. 日本放送出版協会. ISBN 4140806494. OCLC 675831637.

References

  1. "Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology". japan.kantei.go.jp. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  2. "Erdogan to attend Japan emperor's enthronement ceremony". wt.iletisim.gov.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  3. "Japan urges protection of all children". The Japan Times Online. 2002-05-12. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  4. Segers, Rien T. (2008-03-13). A New Japan for the Twenty-First Century: An Inside Overview of Current Fundamental Changes and Problems. Routledge. ISBN 9781134054084.
  5. Whitley, Richard; Gläser, Jochen; Engwall, Lars (2010-07-22). Reconfiguring Knowledge Production: Changing Authority Relationships in the Sciences and Their Consequences for Intellectual Innovation. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199590193.
  6. Segers, Rien T. (2008-03-13). A New Japan for the Twenty-First Century: An Inside Overview of Current Fundamental Changes and Problems. Routledge. ISBN 9781134054084.
  7. "Special Tanner Lecture - 21世紀の女性の生き方 -". www.ocha.ac.jp. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  8. "科学技術理解増進政策に関する懇談会 委員名簿:文部科学省". www.mext.go.jp. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  9. "【叙勲・褒章】 平成25年春の叙勲・褒章決まる―浅葉克己氏、深井隆氏ら | Art Annual online" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  10. Shizuoka, Mt Fuji World Heritage Centre. "Message from the Director". Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  11. "Councillors|The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games". The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
Political offices
Preceded by
Nobutaka Machimura
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
2001
Succeeded by
Takeo Kawamura
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