Yada To Chair AUICK
the resignation of Mr. Kazutoshi Sasayama, Mr. Tatsuo Yada assumed the
chairmanship of the Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe (AUICK) on 1
A native of Kobe, Mr. Yada graduated from Mikage High School in March
1958, and started his career as an official of the Kobe City Government
in April 1959. Since then, he has consistently devoted himself to the
development of Kobe City and promotion of the citizens’ life.
His broad experience in city administration includes comprehensive city
planning, social welfare, economic affairs, housing and airport
development. As an all-round player, the social welfare
experience is the richest and most interesting to him. In April 1994 he
was promoted to Director General of the Airport Project Head Office. In
April 1997 he was appointed Director General of the Public Health and
Welfare Bureau. In March 2000 he retired from the Kobe City Government,
and served as Executive Director of Kobe City Social Welfare Council.
In April 2001 he was named to Deputy Mayor of Kobe. In November 2001,
he was elected as the 15th Mayor of Kobe, and succeeded Mr. Sasayama
who had served as mayor for 12 years or three terms. In November 2005
he won reelection as mayor.
In 1971 Mr. Yada obtained a graduate degree
from the Faculty of Law,
Kansai University. He likes to jog and work out despite his busy
schedule. His favorite phrase is “One for All, and All for
One”. He is a good husband as well as a good father of one
son and one daughter with four grandchildren.
Mr. Sasayama, who will become 82 years old this year, keeps in quite
good health, and continues to work actively for AUICK as a special
advisor from 1 April 2006.