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Birth : 1964

Place : Fuji Shizuoka JAPAN


Master of Science, May 2003

Major: Community Services

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A


Bachelor of Science, May 2001

Major: Child Development and Family Life,

Major: Early Childhood Education

Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.A


Mass Communication, March 1984                         

Tokyo Technological Art Vocational School

Yoyogi, Tokyo, Japan


Yoshiwara High School, March 1982  

Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan



Home Economist, Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan 


Fuji City Councilor, Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan                 

May 2007- April 2011, May 2015-present


Graduate Assistant, MSU Child Development Laboratories, East Lansing, MI  

August 2002 – April 2003


English Instructor for Children, Yamaha Kid’s English School, Numazu Shizuoka, Japan, January 1991 – December 1996


Swimming Instructor, A-1 Swimming School, Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan,

 January 1990 – December 1990, April 1985 – November 1988


Travel, Art, Ballroom Dance, and Haiku (stage name:Izumi Sayaka)


Izumi Yamashita is a home economist by trade and a city councilor in Fuji, Japan. She strives to establish family-life programs to educate women and their families on various topics, such as communication skills, healthy interpersonal relationships, and self-esteem, to encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Izumi says, "As a city councilor, I faced up against patriarchal politics. I now strongly believe that empowering women is urgent."


Izumi learned about VGIF during the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2012. She says, "I thought VGIF was really good for citizens and grassroots activities because the foundation offers small amounts of money to people who long to accomplish their projects". Izumi's friend, and former development committee member, Reiko Aoki convinced her to become a VGIF member. One day she told me, "Izumi, you always said you want to build international relations. VGIF will be very good for you."


Izumi supports VGIF's international liaison efforts in Japan. And just like VGIF is good for her, Izumi is very good for VGIF.


Izumi Yamashita

VGIF member, Japan



GWI congratulates JAUW Coordinator of International Relations (CIR), Izumi Yamashita, on her re-election to the

Fuji City Council, Japan. This marks Izumi’s second term on the Council, having previously held the position of city

councillor in 2007-2011. Her professional background in home economics, especially family support services, will

inspire her work on the Council work to promote political commitments for children and their families. The

empowerment of women is a priority issue for Izumi, especially combatting patriarchal norms.

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