Tsuyoshi Akiyama, M.D

Board of Directors

In 1980, during my residency, I happened to treat an American patient, which made me interested in cultural psychiatry. Since 1982, I have been involved in a transcultural mental health organization called Tokyo English Life Line, http://www.telljp.com/ and since 1999 I have been serving as board chair.  This organization collaborates with embassies, international schools, foreign corporations and congregations.   My experience through this organization has taught me a lot about clinical service, outreach, management and marketing for cultural psychiatry. 
My currently responsibilities include: Secretary of Finances of World Psychiatric Association; Board Member of World Federation of Mental Health; Board member and Chair of International Committee of Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology; Executive board member of Japanese Society of Transcultural Psychiatry.
Regarding publication, beside those published in Japanese, I have co-authored following papers in English on cultural psychiatry. Namely: Onset Study of English Speaking Sojourners in Japan (Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology,  31:194-198, 1996); Panic Disorder Cases of  Westerners in Japan (Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 184:444-445, 1996); Outcome study of English speaking temporary residents in Japan  (International Journal of Social Psychiatry 45:171-179, 1999); The Japanese returnee experience: factors   that affect reentry (International Journal of Intercultural  Relations. 26:429-445, 2002); Peers’ perceptions of Japanese returnees (International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 27:641-658, 2003); Gender-related Stress among Japanese Working Women (Transcult Psychiatry. 2008 Sep;45(3):470-88); Asian models of excellence in psychiatric care and rehabilitation (Int Rev Psychiatry. 2008, 20:445-51); and Contrasting experiences in Japanese returnee adjustment: Those who adjust easily and those who do not (International Journal of Intercultural Relations.2009; 33:265-276).
If elected as board of directors of World Association of Cultural Psychiatry, I would like to bring in strategic thinking, as well as professional expertise as cultural psychiatrist, to the organization.  Also I want to promote cultural psychiatry in World Psychiatric Association.

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Culture impacts mental illness so that culturally relevant care is needed for patients of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. From a social point of view, there has been rapid social and cultural change, as well as migration within and between nations. Societies are becoming multi-ethnic and poly-cultural in nature worldwide. From a clinical perspective, there is a need to improve cultural competence to provide proper psychiatric care of each patient, considering the ethnic/race/cultural background, irregardless of minority or majority status.

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