Yohei Sasakawa

No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me

One Man's Quest for a Leprosy-Free World


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“No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me” is a compelling memoir by Yohei Sasakawa, chronicling his tireless efforts to eradicate leprosy. With compassion and determination, he shares personal experiences, global campaigns, and transformative encounters, inspiring readers to join the fight against leprosy and its enduring stigma for a brighter, inclusive world.

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“No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me” is an inspiring and captivating book that chronicles the extraordinary life and tireless efforts of Yohei Sasakawa, a renowned philanthropist, and his unwavering commitment to eradicating leprosy from the face of the Earth.

Drawing from his personal experiences, Sasakawa takes readers on a transformative journey through the pages of this memoir, unveiling the challenges, triumphs, and poignant encounters he faced while fighting against the stigma and discrimination surrounding leprosy. With compassion and determination, he shares his vision of a world free from the physical and social burden of this ancient disease.

In his early years, Sasakawa witnessed the devastating impact of leprosy on individuals and communities, motivating him to dedicate his life to combating the disease and restoring dignity to those affected. As the Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, one of the world’s largest private philanthropic organizations, Sasakawa embarked on a global campaign to raise awareness, mobilize resources, and create partnerships to fight leprosy and its associated stigma.

“No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me” invites readers to join Sasakawa on his transformative odyssey, traversing continents, cultures, and countless lives impacted by leprosy. From the remote villages of Africa to the bustling streets of India, and from the halls of international diplomacy to the hearts of leprosy patients themselves, Sasakawa’s relentless pursuit of a leprosy-free world unfolds with each turn of the page.

Through vivid storytelling, Sasakawa recounts the heart-wrenching stories of individuals affected by leprosy and shares the innovative approaches and programs he initiated to address their needs. His initiatives encompassed medical research and treatment, education, vocational training, social integration, and advocating for human rights, all with the ultimate goal of eradicating leprosy and ending the discrimination that has plagued those affected for centuries.

“No Matter Where the Journey Takes Me” serves as a testament to the power of one person’s unwavering commitment and determination to effect meaningful change. It is a call to action, inspiring readers to look beyond the confines of prejudice and fear, and to join the global movement towards a world where leprosy is not only curable but also devoid of the societal stigma that has haunted its sufferers for far too long.

Yohei Sasakawa’s incredible journey and his relentless pursuit of a leprosy-free world will leave readers inspired, enlightened, and ready to contribute to a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

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Weight 598 g
Dimensions 24.3 × 16.8 cm