George Yoshida
Tokyo, Japan

Koji (George) Yoshida

George Yoshida of Tokyo, Japan, was appointed to serve a three-year term as a Kiwanis Children’s Fund trustee, beginning October 1, 2022.

Yoshida is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Tokyo, where he served as the 2014-15 club president. He also served the Japan District as distinguished secretary (2011-13), lieutenant governor (2014-15) and distinguished governor (2018-19). He was a trustee of the Asia Pacific Board in 2018-19. In 2021, Yoshida was appointed to the Kiwanis International Committee on Young Children. As a supporter of the Kiwanis Children’s Fund, he is a George F. Hixson Fellow and a charter Walter Zeller Fellow.

Yoshida especially enjoys making Kiwanis dolls for children in hospitals and teaching others to do the same. Yoshida views Kiwanis International and the Kiwanis Children’s Fund as “the two motive wheels of a vehicle,” each of them “indispensable” in the cause of serving the children of the world.

In addition to his work with Kiwanis, Yoshida tutors and prepares lunch for primary school children at a local Buddhist temple. He has also helped to plan and implement a cafeteria specifically for children in need of nourishing food and socialization.

Yoshida holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Keio University in Tokyo. Until recently, he was an independent insurance consultant after retiring as the managing officer of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. Ltd. In his free time, Yoshida enjoys golf, tennis, photography, classical music, travel and playing the game of go.

He and his wife, Masako, have two children and four grandchildren.

 


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