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Articles of Association

A copy of the Articles of Association of RCC in Japanese can be accessed from here.


The board meets once a year. It develops strategic action plans for fulfilling our mission and reviews the progress.

Members of the board

George Archibald
Dr. Archibald's visionary leadership in international conservation efforts over the past 40 years has given flight to crane conservation worldwide. In 1973, when many species of cranes were on the brink of extinction, Dr. Archibald, along with a colleague, Dr. Ronald Sauey, established the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin as the world center for the study and preservation of cranes. Dr. Archibald is a true conservation ambassador who uses his unique brand of crane diplomacy to work in sensitive places. He leverages the charisma of cranes to unite people from diverse cultures and countries to work together to preserve the landscapes necessary for the survival of both cranes and people. Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada, Dr. Archibald received his undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1968, and completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1977. In recognition of his many accomplishments, Dr. Archibald has received four honorary doctorates and many awards including the Gold Medal from the World Wildlife Fund, a Fellows Award from the MacArthur Foundation, the Wildlife Conservation Medal from the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Lilly Medal presented by the Indianapolis Zoo, and the Douglas H. Pimlott Award from Nature Canada. In 2013, Dr. Archibald was awarded the Order of Canada on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, and received the inaugural Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership from the National Audubon Society. He and his wife, Kyoko, live in the Baraboo countryside where they enjoy gardening and aviculture.

James Brumm
Mr. Brumm is Chair of the Board of the International Crane Foundation. He was an executive for Mitsubishi Corporation in the US and was on the board of Mitsubishi Corporation in Japan (1995-2002). He has served or been serving on the board of many other organizations including American Bird Conservancy (2003-2013), Forest Trends (an international environmental non-profit organization that works to increase the value of forests to society: 2003-11), First Peoples Worldwide (an organization dedicated to the development of indigenous peoples and protection of their rights: 2011-present), State University of New York's Centre ValBio for biodiversity and health research in Madagascar (2011-present), The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture (2012-15), International Fund for Animal Welfare (2013-15), NatureServe (a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action: 2014-present) and the Amazon Conservation Association (2016-present). As part of management, a lawyer, and as a board member of various companies, he has dealt with the full range of corporate governance. He has been in charge of legal matters, media relations and environmental and social responsibility issues and, in particular, in stakeholder engagement and shaping corporate social responsibility policies and practices.

Shinichi Hanawa (Vice chair)
Mr. Hanawa was born in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture and studied animal ecology at the Tohoku University. He then joined the Research Division of the Wild Bird Society of Japan. He was the founding editor of Strix, the scientific journal published by the Research Division. Since 1984, he has conducted aerial surveys of red-crowned cranes in Hokkaido with a predecessor of the RCC. His collaboration on research and conservation of the red-crowned crane continued when he joined the Nature Conservation Unit of WWF Japan in 1991. Mr. Hanawa prepared a briefing on the research and conservation of the red-crowned cranes in Hokkaido when His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, the president of WWF International, visited Kushiro Wetlands in 1997. Currently, Mr. Hanawa is a freelance conservationist. Aside from the collaboration with the RCC, he has been involved in projects on conservation of wetlands through the Ramsar Convention and conservation of subtropical forests and coral reefs in Okinawa Prefecture. Mr. Hanawa is passionate about conservation of the Kushiro Wetlands and hopes that the red-crowned cranes and Blakiston’s fish-owl will find their habitats into the future.

Dongyu Hu
Professor Dongyu Hu works at the Shenyang Normal University and the Paleontological Museum of Liaoning, China. As a child, he loved to catch and keep some small animals at home. He studied biology at the Northeastern Normal University in China. Two teachers studying birds at this university had a great influence on him, and he decided to pursue ornithological research as his career. When he was 30 years old in 1993, he had a chance to study at Hokkaido University in Japan and started to observe and learn about the red-crowned crane. One of his mentors at Hokkaido University introduced him to Professor Masatomi, and then Professor Masatomi introduced him to the red-crowned crane in Japan. He spent a full five years to complete his doctoral thesis, “Behavioral ecology of the wintering Red-crowned Cranes, Grus japonensis, at major feeding stations in eastern Hokkaido, northern Japan”, and received his Ph.D. in 1998. Those five years were the hardest and most struggling time, but also they were the happiest five years of his life. He will never forget those fairyland-like scenes: between the blue sky and white snow in Kushiro, eastern Hokkaido, and against the background of magnificent Mount Akan, red-crowned cranes in flocks landed in front of him and showed him their simple yet elegant and superior beauty and sophisticated affection between family members. After graduating from Hokkaido University, he worked for an environmental assessment firm for seven years. During this period, he travelled all over Hokkaido to observe wildlife. Since 2005, Professor Hu’s main research topic has shifted to the origin and early evolution of birds, but as a board member of RCC, he continues to contribute to conservation of the red-crowned crane. He believes that conservation of the red-crowned crane not only ensures the long-term survival of this species possessing a nearly perfect image but also preserves the precious human culture in the area.

Hiroyuki Masatomi
Professor Masatomi is the world authority on behavior of the red-crowned crane. He was born in Hokkaido in 1932 and studied animal behavior at Hokkaido University. After receiving his Ph.D., he became the director at the Kushiro City Museum. He started his research on the red-crowned crane while in Kushiro. He then took up a professorship at the Hokkaido College of Senshu University and also served as the president of the college. He retired in 2003. In 1982, Professor Masatomi was the chief organizer in starting a predecessor of the RCC. He still actively participates in field research and publishes scientific papers and books. He remains active because he believes that, for coexistence of endangered wildlife and people, it is essential that we acquire scientific understanding of the species and formulate conservation strategies on the basis of scientific data. However, a major challenge in continuing the monitoring program of long-lived organisms such as cranes has been to secure the long-term commitment for funding. Professor Masatomi has received several medals and awards for his long-term commitments to education as well as research and conservation of red-crowned cranes in Japan.

Yoshiyuki Masatomi
Dr. Masatomi was born in Hokkaido. He studied natural language processing (NLP) at Hokkaido University until 2003. NLP is a field of study in computer science that explores the capacity of machines to learn the structure and meaning of natural languages (such as Japanese and English) and can be applied to problems in voice recognition and translation. The NLP may seem a world apart from living organisms; however, when he was studying the NLP, research scientists in computer science were exploring possibilities of mimicking function and evolution of living organisms and developing fields of research such as the neural network and genetic algorithm. His exposure to these research topics led Dr. Masatomi to become interested in living organisms, and he decided to study the red-crowned crane. His choice of the study organism was strongly influenced by his father, Professor Masatomi, who had been leading research on the red-crowned crane. Dr. Masatomi received his Ph.D. from Hokkaido University in 2007, and his doctoral thesis was titled ‘A population viability analysis of Tancho Grus japonensis in Hokkaido, Japan’. He joined the RCC in the same year. Currently, Dr. Masatomi studies the population dynamics of the red-crowned crane and the estimation of suitable habitats for the cranes.

Haruo Miyata
Professor Miyata works on North-South Relations for the Environment and Development at Niigata University. He worked for the Ministry of the Environment (Japan): the Kushiro Wetland National Park Office (1988-89). This brief service in Kushiro eventually led him to engagement with the RCC when it was established as a none-profit organization. During his service for the Ministry of the Environment (Japan), he was seconded to the UN Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1983-86), to the UN Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok (1989-91), and the World Bank (1993-95). He was responsible for projects related to developing countries in the Ministry for the Environment (Japan). He hopes that these experiences in different institutions are of use for the RCC.

Kunikazu Momose (Chair)
Mr. Momose still vividly remembers his first encounter with the red-crowned crane at the Bekkanbeushi wetlands in the 1970s. He was on a train to Nemuro to do some fieldwork on the mudflats at Furenko. In 1979, Mr. Momose met Dr. Archibald at Fukushimagata Bird Banding Station in Niigata Prefecture and was invited to spend some time at the International Crane Foundation in the USA. That was the beginning of his long association with cranes. Back then, he was a freelance ornithologist, enjoying bird banding and working at Gyotoku Wildlife Conservation Area in Chiba Prefecture. Mr. Momose met Professor Masatomi at Izumi, Kagoshima Prefecture when he participated in a research project on hooded cranes and white-naped cranes. He was invited to join Professor Masatomi in Hokkaido to work on research projects that provided a scientific basis for conservation of the red-crowned crane. In 1982, with Professor Masatomi and others, he started a predecessor of the RCC. In 1986, Mr. Momose joined Yamashina Institute for Ornithology in Chiba Prefecture. His main responsibility was collecting and curating scientific specimens. However, he continued to participate in the aerial surveys, winter censuses and banding of chicks of red-crowned cranes in Hokkaido. In 2004, Mr. Momose moved to Kushiro so that he could spend more time on research and conservation of the red-crowned crane. Mr. Momose has been the chairperson of the board of the RCC. He is also a council member of the International Red-crowned Crane Network which has been formed in 2010 and the chairperson of the International Hooded and White-naped Cranes Network which has been formed in 2015. Mr. Momose joined the steering committee for the Crane Specialist Group of the Wetlands International and the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2012.

Shinichi Oda
Mr. Oda was born and raised in Hyogo Prefecture which is near Osaka. He went to university in Tokyo and studied engineering economics. After graduating, he had opportunities to work for trading companies in New York and Los Angeles for six years. He then returned to Japan and found a job at an accounting firm in Kushiro. Mr. Oda decided to become a certified tax accountant and, after 10 years of study, earned his certificate. He started working with the RCC as an accountant eight years ago. As he attended board meetings and annual general meetings as RCC’s accountant, Mr. Oda became aware of many practical problems associated with continuing research projects and working with different stakeholders. He was impressed by never-ceasing enthusiasm of RCC members, so he became a member of the RCC to support conservation of the red-crowned crane. He became a board member in 2016 and hopes to strengthen his contribution to the RCC. He would like to see the population size and distribution range of the red-crowned crane to increase so that people in different parts of Japan could enjoy seeing the graceful flight of red-crowned cranes in the not-so-distant future.

Hiroki Teraoka
Hiroki Teraoka, D.V.M., Ph.D., is a Professor at School of Veterinary Medicine, Rakuno Gakuen University. One of his primary interests is environmental toxicology. He works on the assessment of accumulated pollutants in the red-crowned crane in Hokkaido, especially for elements analysis. He has found that cranes in Hokkaido have been highly and extensively contaminated with mercury due to unknown contamination sources. Mercury levels remain still high even now. He is also interested in genetic background of red-crowned cranes in Hokkaido and the relationship between the island population and the continental population.

Midori Yamane
Ms. Yamane has always loved birds since her childhood, back when “birdwatching” was not a part of the vocabulary of most people. The red-crowned crane was her favorite as the most beautiful creature in the world although the species did not occur in her native area of Osaka. She spent a lot of time drawing cranes on her exercise books at her primary and junior high schools. Ms. Yamane studied Spanish at university, and when she was a junior, she spent one year at Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mexico. There were many ruins of Mayan civilization in the area, and she studied anthropology and archaeology. After graduating from the university, she worked at a liquor company in Japan. She worked in the overseas investment division (capital tie-ups and mergers & acquisitions) and the sales division (wine). Subsequently, she worked at a securities firm for 12 years. Her field was overseas corporate-financing for Japanese companies that issued corporate bonds and stocks. Currently, Ms. Yamane is a freelance translator who works mainly in the field of finance and accounting. She also teaches the introduction to ornithology at a vocational school. She is an avid bird bander. She obtained her bird banding license in 1992. She not only maintains her own banding station near her hometown but also finds great joy in being close to red-crowned cranes when she visits Hokkaido every year for RCC’s winter censuses and banding. She also publishes a journal for bird banders called “ALULA.”
As a board member of the RCC, she hopes to contribute towards realizing the long-term coexistence of red-crowned cranes and people. She lives in Takarazuka which is located between Osaka and Kobe.

Advisory board

Hiroyuki Ishi
Professor Ishi is a world renowned environmental scientist and journalist. Soon after graduating from the University of Tokyo with a degree in biology, he began his career as a science journalist at Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan's leading newspapers. During his tenure at the newspaper, he served as overseas correspondent in the New York, Nairobi and Vancouver bureaus, as well as science editor and senior staff writer. He has also undertaken field research in 130 countries around the world. In 1994, Professor Ishi left Asahi Shimbun for a Professorship at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences at the University of Tokyo. He has held a number of important positions, including that of Special Advisor to the Executive Directors of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He was also Special Advisor to the President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Visiting Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Chairman of the Japan Council of Sustainable Development (JCSD) and board member of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe in Hungary. In October 2002, he was appointed Japan's Ambassador to Zambia. Professor Ishi is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Boerma Award from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Global 500 Award from UNEP and the Mainichi Book Award. He is the author of more than 30 books, including the best-selling Crisis of the Global Environment, Acid Rain, The Destructions of the Earth and Undermined Forests.
Professor Ishi served as a board member of the RCC from 2007 to March 2014. Since May 2014, he has been an advisor to the RCC.

Steering committee

The steering committee is made up of the executive members of the RCC. It meets once a month and works towards implementing the action plans.

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