The Honorary Director of the World Mate Emergency Hospital
Dr. Haruhisa Handa (a.k.a. Toshu Fukami) was born in 1951. He attended Doshisha University where he received a degree in economics. He then went on to study with the Master Class at Musashino Academia Musicae where he graduated with a major in vocal music. He earned a masters degree in creative arts from WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts) at Edith Cowan University, West Australia, as well as a Ph.D. in Literature from the Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University.
In Cambodia, Dr. Handa was conferred the title of Commander of the Royal Order of Sahametrei. He is also a recipient of the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon of Japan. He won the Honorary Award of Contribution towards the Chinese Choral Enterprise, he has received a distinguished service medal from the State of Western Australia, as well as the keys to the City of Perth and the City of Swan. He is an Honorary Citizen of Melbourne, the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Cambodia in Fukuoka, Japan, and the Vice President of the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
Dr. Handa has founded and supports numerous not-for-profit organizations in Japan and internationally, and is committed to developing many other humanitarian and cultural programs. He serves as the Managing Director of B.C. Consulting Ltd and manages more than a dozen companies in Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom. He is also an active author and has written more than 220 books that have been translated into seven languages. Some of the best sellers include “Secrets for running a Small Business”, “Understanding Japan” and “Lucky Fortune” – of which more than a million copies have been sold.
The World Mate Foundation
For the past 20 years Dr. Haruhisa Handa has been generously supporting the development of Cambodia and it’s recovery from decades of war through numerous organizations that he leads. This support has included the formation and development of the University of Cambodia, the Sihanouk Hospital, the Future Light Orphanage of World Mate, the opening of the South East Asia Television Stations, various programs of the Cambodian Red Cross, and several other important initiatives.
In 2013 a charity called the World Mate Foundation was founded by Dr. Handa to expand the impact of the World Mate membership in some of the poorest countries of Southeast Asia. It is registered in Cambodia as a non-political, non-religious, not-for-profit organization that provides high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambodia, regardless of their income. The World Mate Emergency Hospital is managed by The Handa Foundation, however the generous funding that allows it to provide free medical care to thousands of patients every year comes from the World Mate Foundation – which is supported by the heartfelt goodwill of many individual World Mate members in Japan. Dr. Haruhisa Handa currently serves as the Honorary Chairman of the World Mate Foundation and as the Honorary Director of the World Mate Emergency Hospital.