Tadateru Konoe

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Tadateru Konoe
近衛 忠てる
President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Assumed office
22 November 2009
President of the Japanese Red Cross
Assumed office
April 2005
Preceded by Yoichi Fujimori
Personal details
Born Moriteru Hosokawa
(1939-05-08) 8 May 1939 (age 78)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality  Japanese
Spouse(s) Yasuko Konoe (m. 1966)
Children Tadahiro Konoe
Alma mater Gakushuin University
Toyo Eiwa University

Tadateru Konoe (近衛 忠煇, Konoe Tadateru, born 8 May 1939) is the president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).[1]

Tadateru Konoe is the 50th Head of the Konoe family. President of Japanese Red Cross Society since 2005, Tadateru Konoe has dedicated his entire professional career to domestic and international Red Cross Red Crescent activities. In 2009 and again in 2013, Mr. Konoe was elected President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Family[edit]

He was born with the name Moriteru Hosokawa (細川 護煇, Hosokawa Moriteru) and his paternal ancestry, the Hosokawa clan, can trace back to the Japanese Imperial Family since the Hosokawa clan is a branch of Seiwa Genji. His mother, Yoshiko (温子), was the second daughter of Fumimaro Konoe, and her brother Fumitaka Konoe (近衛文隆, Konoe Fumitaka) died childlessly in the Soviet Union in 1956, so Tadateru became his heir and used the family name Konoe (近衛).

The Konoe family is the original (main) family of the Fujiwara clan, a powerful noble family in Japanese history. The family goes back to Fujiwara no Kamatari and Fujiwara no Michinaga, the patron and the model of Hikaru no Kimi of "Tale of Genji". They have been the main member of the Royal Family for over 1000 years.

On 16 December 1966, he married Princess Yasuko of Mikasa, a first cousin of Japanese Emperor Akihito. They have a son named Tadahiro and three grandchildren. Konoe and his wife are fourth cousins once removed by their shared descent from Nabeshima Narinao (1780-1839), the 9th lord of Saga Domain; as both are descendants of the Imperial House of Japan in their paternal and maternal lines, they are also more distantly related multiple times over. Konoe is also a second cousin once removed of the Emperor Akihito, as both of them are descended from Prince Kuni Asahiko of the Kuni-no-miya imperial branch house.[2]

Academic career[edit]

Konoe was graduated in 1962 from Gakushuin University in Tokyo Japan. He received a B.A. degree in Political Science, after which he attended the London School of Economics in 1964 where he majored in International Relations. In 1994, he was lecturer on Micro study on International Relief Organizations at the Graduate School of Toyo Eiwa University, in Tokyo, Japan, and he is a lecturer, panelist, commentator, and speaker at various academic and other forums on topics including humanitarian aid, IHL, disasters, development, and bio-ethics.

Japanese Red Cross Society[edit]

President of Japanese Red Cross Society since 2005, Tadateru Konoe has dedicated his entire professional career to domestic and international Red Cross Red Crescent activities.

Before being elected president, Mr. Konoe served his National Society for 14 years as vice president (1991-2005) and as chairman for Japanese Red Cross Academy, which offered post-graduate courses for nurses. He also held the positions of director general of the International Department (1988-1991), director general of the social department (1988), international department deputy director general (1985-1988), and international director (1976-1981) for the Japanese Red Cross Society.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)[edit]

Mr. Konoe has held several posts in the IFRC. He has been a member of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross Red Crescent (1995-2003) and its vice chairman (1999), member of the IFRC finance commission (1985-1993), as well as officer (1972-1975) and director (1981-1985) of the IFRC disaster preparedness bureau where he started in 1972.

Red Cross Red Crescent Relief Missions[edit]

Between 1970 and 2008, Mr. Konoe was involved with over 30 Red Cross Red Crescent relief missions around the world. During his career, he has also been a board member in various associations and organizations, in addition to his work with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Ancestry[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Yomiuri Nenkan 讀賣年鑑 2010 p19 "東大教育近衞忠煇トこのえただてる 1939 《昭 14)58 (束京)日本赤十字社社長.国際赤十字,赤新月社連盟 ..."
  2. ^ a b "Hosokawa genealogy". Reichsarchiv. Retrieved 29 August 2017.  (in Japanese)

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