Thomas Takashi Tanemori
Mr. Tanemori's Essay: "The Final War"
Thomas Takashi Tanemori, MA
3371 Moraga. Boulevard, Suite 1000
Lafayette, CA 94549-4641
Objective: Cultural Consultant / Speaker / Educator
* Extensive experience as cultural consultant / presenter to community
organizations, business executives, governmental entities and educational
* Exceptional communication skills; dynamic, articulate speaker.
* Insight into subtleties of cultural, economic and political differences
with proven ability to foster mutual understanding and respect.
* Skilled translator / interpreter with excellent command of both Japanese
and English languages.
* Strong combination of experience and education in international relations,
business, economics, sociology and philosophy.
Public Speaking / Educating:
* Appeared on CNN, German International Radio & Television and numerous
American and Japanese television and radio programs addressing diversity
issues and cultural sensitivity.
* Interviewed for the documentary "Hiroshima" produced and broadcast by the
* Represented and promoted an international peace foundation through a
variety of media; social educational programs, books, presentations, art
exhibits and news articles.
* Developed and presented lectures and educational workshops to business and
community groups focusing on, cross-cultural understanding and respect.
* Acted as catalyst to further the "military-to-peace" conversion at the
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
* Served as guest lecturer for international relations / international
marketing courses at universities, community colleges and high schools.
* Consulted with professors and instructors to design culturally sensitive
coursework and educational materials.
· Consulted with both American and Japanese executives providing
understanding, insight and effective tools to bridge communication
difficulties and cultural differences.
· Advised business and governmental representatives as to culturally
specific norms regarding business practices, conducting meetings, sales and
· Served as interpreter and cultural advisor to both English and Japanese
· Translated documents and correspondence.
· Assisted Japanese interpreters to understand and communicate American
cultural nuances and business customs.
International Marketing / Public Relations:
· As consultant to the California State Agricultural Department,
successfully promoted and established products from 3( agricultural
companies and-57 wineries in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the
· Researched Pacific Rim markets assessing cultural tastes and preferences;
designed and implemented effective marketing strategies and created targeted
and appropriate promotional materials.
· Developed product recognition and consumer demand for California goods
through appearances on Japanese television and radio shows, seminars and
· Received $30,000 grant from the Foreign Market Development Export
Incentive Program for promotional efforts in Japan.
· Coordinated and facilitated negotiations between California delegates and
Japanese officials debating issues regarding rice cultivation and export.
· Oversaw all aspects of major receptions promoting international relations
and goodwill for the Golden Bear - Pacific Rim Market.
M.A., Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Minneapolis, MN
* Focus on: Western Influences on Japanese Culture and Jewish History B.A.,
Pillsbury Baptist College, Owatonna, MN
* Focus on: Sociological Behaviors and Human Relationships
SILKWORM PEACE INSTITUTE
The Silkworm Peace Foundation is committed to promoting peace, healing and
cultural understanding both in the U.S. and abroad through showcasing the
experiences and journeys of individuals and groups who are on the path of
transforming revenge and anger into peace and forgiveness.
Less than a mile from ground zero, seven year old Thomas Takashi Tanamori's
life was shattered when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on
Hiroshima in 1945. The bomb killed both his parents, most of his close
relatives virtually all of his friends. Only the day before, he was a happy
child laughing and playing, possessing very little knowledge about the war
his country was engaged in. Now, he would experience life as a starving
orphan in the ashes of post-war Japan.
Bitterness and anger against the United States filled Mr. Tanamori's heart.
At the age of 18 he immigrated to the country that took so much away from
him. Filled with hatred and revenge, he still hoped for a better life in
this new country.
Over time, he began to experience Americans as individuals rather than a
foreign government. He found peace and healing in transforming his hatred
into love and his desire for revenge into forgiveness. Like most Americans,
he enjoyed a successful life. He got married, raised a family and became a
citizen. He became a Baptist Minister, educator and writer, and later he
owned a restaurant.
In 1987 he experienced yet another reminder of his painful past. He
discovered he was losing his eyesight as a long-term consequence of the
bombing in Hiroshima. Today, he is almost totally blind. However, he has
vowed not to lose sight of the important things in life--love and peace.
He has dedicated the remainder of his life to serving others and has founded
the Silkworm Peace Institute to make the world a safer and more peaceful
place to live. The Institute is named after the silkworm, honored in Japan
for producing delicate fibers that are transformed into the most exquisite
fabric on earth - silk. Silk was also responsible for the development of
commerce and trade that first brought East and West together.