Founder and Director,
Yoshioka Tatsuya is the Founder and Director of the Peace Boat Group, Japan’s largest cruise organization.
From its foundation in 1983 on a two-week Asia-Pacific friendship voyage, Peace Boat has grown into a thriving social business that has organized 88 global voyages, and taken more than 55,000 people to over 200 ports on 7 continents. In recent years, Peace Boat’s operations out of Japan amount to over 300,000 passenger days per annum.
The voyages, which combine commercial cruise elements with lifelong learning and socially conscious programming, are a unique product that recognizes that educational activities, people-to-people cultural exchanges, and volunteer activities can be both attractive tourism activities and a positive contribution to the world.
Over the past 30 years, under Yoshioka's leadership, the Peace Boat Group has developed its affordable model of three-month around the world cruises, and a worldwide network of partners for innovative shore programs. As the cruise market expands in Asia, Peace Boat is working with its partners in Korea, China and beyond to cultivate a new, green cruising model.
At the heart of these ambitions and strong commitment to environmental sustainability is Peace Boat’s Ecoship project. Yoshioka is currently spearheading the development and construction of the world's first 10-mast cruise liner. Featuring a hybrid engine, zero NOx and SOx emissions, biophilic design for enhanced comfort and 740Kw of solar power generation, the Ecoship will be the greenest modern cruise ship to ever sail around the world.
Besides Yoshioka’s cruise-based work, he has addressed United Nations’ bodies on issues including a culture of peace, and is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.