Yoshioka Tatsuya

Founder and Director of Peace Boat

Yoshioka Tatsuya is the Founder and Director of Peace Boat, an innovative social business and non-governmental organization based in Japan. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee, he has been a leading figure in Japanese civil society for the past 30 years, and has been active internationally in the fields of education, peace and conflict resolution.

Yoshioka founded Peace Boat in 1983, recognizing that travel can be an enjoyable and educational tool for fostering peace, sustainability and encouraging people-to-people dialogue.

From this vision, Peace Boat’s cruises have grown into Japan’s largest cruise organization, sailing over 90 voyages for peace, and taken more than 70,000 people to over 100 ports on 7 continents for study, volunteering, cultural exchange and tourism.

With a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, Yoshioka is currently spearheading the development and construction of Peace Boat’s Ecoship, the world’s most sustainable cruise ship. Featuring 10 solar-paneled sails, a hybrid engine, zero NOx and SOx emissions, biophilic design for enhanced comfort and 740Kw of solar power generation, the Ecoship will sail as a flagship for climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)..

Peace Boat is one of ten steering group members of ICAN, the 2017 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.