Sarvodaya Japan

Established in November 2009

Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne founded the Sarvodaya Shramadana movement, a rural community development movement in 1958, which gained increasingly great worldwide reputation in the following decades.  Since 1976, Dr. Ariyaratne has visited Japan a number of times. Many Japanese have been impressed by his lectures, and some visited Sri Lanka to take part in the Sarvodaya movement and others became supporters of the movement.  Young people from Japan and other countries who have visited Sarvodaya communities are engaged in activities applying their experiences in their social contexts. 


On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its foundation in 2008, individuals and organizations in Japan that had been associated with Sarvodaya in one way or another gathered in Tokyo, and discussed the establishment of the Sarvodaya Japan, which was realized in 2009. 


The purposes of the organization are to support the activities of the Sarvodaya movement in Sri Lanka, to learn from its philosophy and methodology of development and their experiences both successes and failures and apply them as a social development model in our community development and human resource development activities. 

We will conduct information dissemination, support activities and interactive activities together with the Sarvodaya movement.




To learn lessons from the philosophy of “Awakening of All” advocated by Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, and from its activities to develop communities, and to promote international cooperation.




- Deepening international understanding

- Extending economic cooperation to developing regions in the world

- Extending information and non-formal education on international cooperation

- Other activities necessary to achieve the purposes of the organization


2010 Oct.



Ms. Keiko Nakamoto

Former Assoc. Professor, Towa University

Prof. KuniakiYamashita

Professor, Kyushu University

Dr. Masato Homma

Founder & CEO, Learnology Co.Ltd.



Prof. Yoshikichi Hirono

Professor, Emeritus, Seikei University

Prof. Akihiro Chiba

Adviser,International Christian University

Prof. Shoji Nakamura

Fellow, Ryukoku University

Mr. Kimihiko Murakami

President, Japan Asian Association and Asian Friendship Society

Mr. Teturo Fukuyama

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary

Former State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

DPJ member of the House of Councilors


 Board of Directors

Ms. Chine Hayashi

Translator & Interpreter

Ms. Keiko Atsumi

Executive Director, Interaction Council

Mr. Kazuo Suzuki

President, One World One People

Prof. Yasuhiro Shigeta

Prof., Utsunomiya University

Rev. Hitoshi Jin

Executive Director, Zenseikyo Foundation

Dr. Masahiko Uemura

Assoc.Prof., Yokohama City University



Ms.Keiko Nakamoto

Former Assoc.Professor,Towa University




Professor Kuniaki Yamashita

Dept. of Multicultural Society

Kyushu University




Dr. Masato Homma

Adjunct Professor, Tezukayamagakuin University  




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