Book Publication & Launch EventRecord of the battle against the most discriminated disease in history

Date & Time: Thursday, May 30, 2019; 6pm. (London Time)
Location: Embassy of Japan in the United Kingdom (101/104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT)

Leprosy is a disease that has created severe stigma and discrimination since the beginning of recorded history. The Nippon Foundation, based in Tokyo, has been engaged in activities to eliminate leprosy around the world for 50 years. In recognition of his leading contribution to these activities, The Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa was awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize by the government of India in 2018, and was decorated with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, conferred by the Japanese Emperor in May 2019.

Subsequently, the book “No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me: One Man’s Quest for a Leprosy-Free World” has been published by Hurst Publishers.*
Mr. Sasakawa, who also serves as WHO Goodwill Embassador for Leprosy Elimination, has travelled extensively to many leprosy-affected regions including India, Africa, Brazil, and remote islands. This book records those experiences, as well as dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church.
To commemorate the publication of this book, the Embassy of Japan in the United Kingdom and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation will jointly hold the event outlined below.

About the event

Date & Time Thursday, May 30, 2019; 6 pm. – 8 pm. (Doors open 5.30 pm) Local time
Location Embassy of Japan in the UK (101/104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT)
Details Remarks by
  1. H.E. Koji Tsuruoka (Ambassador of Japan)
  2. The Earl of St Andrews (Chairman, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation)
  3. Professor David Heymann CBE (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
  4. Mr. Michael Dwyer (Publisher, C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd.
  5. Mr. Yohei Sasakawa (Chairman, The Nippon Foundation)

About the book

“No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me: One Man’s Quest for a Leprosy-Free World”

Author: Yohei Sasakawa
Publisher: C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd.
Price: £25.00 (US$ 35.00)
Month of Release: May 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1787381377, ISBN-10: 1787381374

  • C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. – Hurst is an independently owned non-fiction publisher based in central London. Founded in 1969, Hurst now publishes ninety books annually, mainly in the fields of African Studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, South Asian Studies, War and Conflict Studies, and History and Politics.

Front cover
The front cover of “No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me”

The book can be purchased online at:
Hurst Publishers(external site) site)


For inquiries regarding the book

The Nippon Foundation – Special Project Division
Ms. Makiko Tanaka
The Nippon Foundation building, 1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8404, Japan

  • Tel:+81-(0)3-6229-5181
  • Email:

For inquiries on the event day

The Nippon Foundation – Special Project Division
Mr. Masato Seko

  • Tel:+81-(0)90-9248-5162