Tatsuhei Morozumi (Tatsu) @tppay
Youth worker/ youth policy researcher / translator in & across Japan and Sweden.
Also, I am a…Data Collector at Youth Policy Press (Berlin) Director of NPO Rights (Tokyo) Member of Cabinet office Promotion of Development and Support for Children and Young People (2011, Tokyo) Member of Japan Citizenship Education Foundation (Tokyo) Founder of the Youth Empowerment Committee (Shizuoka, Japan)
I humbly describe myself as a Japanese geek on youth work and youth policy of Japan and Sweden. Comparing these two incomparable-countries is one of my attempts for the sake of the development of the youth policy in general.
My journey of youth work started in 2009 when a professor Hiroshi and I launched a youth organization, the Youth Empowerment Committee, in Shizuoka, Japan, which focuses on local Youth Work and Youth Participation.
In 2010, I joined a study trip held in Sweden and I was fascinated by their youth policy, youth work and education systems which, in the end, drove me to study abroad in Sweden.
Then, I became the member of a Japan based, non-profit organization; Rights, Tokyo, Japan based, which encourages political participation of youths at a national level by disseminating, advocating and researching youth issues. The main topic is to lower the minimum voting age from 20 to 18. In 2011, I coordinated a study trip to the U.K with the theme; Youth Work and Citizenship Education as a part of their project.
After a year and half living in Stockholm with the experience of youth-work internships at several local youth centers as well as taking a university course at Stockholm University in Child and Youth Studies, I ended up in Berlin, and took an opportunity to work for the Youth Policy Press which is curated by the Democracy & Dialogue.
After going back to Japan and graduate the University of Shizuoka, I, again, based myself in Berlin and work as a data collector at the Youth Policy Press. And now from the September of 2014, I, again, have backed to Stockholm and started my master’s program in International and Comparative Education at Stockholm University.
Along with being Europe, I also worked as a translator of European youth policy documents, as an interpreter and coordinator of a study visit from Japan in the youth field. So far, I have visited more than 40 youths-related organizations (mainly in Sweden and few in the U.K and Germany).
In this blog, I’m going to handle the theme of youth work, youth policy, youth empowerment, especially in Japan, Sweden and Europe with international-young (wide and free) -Japanese-biased perspectives. Also, this is an attempts to reveal the unknown, but decent Japanese youth work and youth policy to the world.