ETS Profiles: Yoshioka Tatsuya Peace Boat Founder

ETS Profiles: Yoshioka Tatsuya Peace Boat Founder

It’s 38 degrees in a windy New York City, and Yoshioka couldn’t possibly wear a more encouraging smile. Just outside the United Nations headquarters—he’s visiting the Peace Boat offices—for interviews and a check-in with the PB team. “What is peace?” Yoshioka asks, leaning forward in his chair. “We have to understand that (peace) beyond the border (globally), what kind of people live there and what they are thinking—I believe to change the world, one of the most important things is to make friends (purposeful connections).”

On January 23, 2017, Zpryme sat down with Yoshioka Tatsuya Peace Boat Founder. Headquartered in Japan, Yoshioka leads the NGO for the purpose of raising awareness and building connections internationally among groups that work for peace, human rights, environmental protection and sustainable development—most recently he’s championing the Ecoship Project. The next stage of Peace Boat’s journey to promote peace, human rights and sustainability around the world.

In this ETS Profiles, Yoshioka discusses his journey from early life in Japan to a social floating community that combines four pillars: education, business, advocacy and travel.

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The latest in a series on thought leadership from Zpryme, covering the curious and brilliant minds of energy.

Made Possible by Peace Boat

Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. Peace Boat seeks to create awareness and action based on effecting positive social and political change in the world. We pursue this through the organization of global educational programmes, responsible travel, cooperative projects and advocacy activities. These activities are carried out on a partnership basis with other civil society organizations and communities in Japan, Northeast Asia, and around the world. Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The ship creates a neutral, mobile space and enables people to engage across borders in dialogue and mutual cooperation at sea, and in the ports that we visit. Activities based in Japan and Northeast Asia are carried out from our eight Peace Centers in Japan. For more information, visit