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ALIVE Founder/Director Fusako Nogami Dies After a Long Illness

The founder and director of ALIVE, Fusako Nogami passed away on October 10 at the age of 63 following a long period of illness. Nogami lived an active life and her death came peacefully.

Nogami made respect for the sanctity of all living things her highest priority. She worked to implement changes to Japan's animal-related laws and her efforts were pivotal in achieving many improvements in animal welfare and bioethics in various areas in Japan.

It was Nogami's will that no funeral be held, but those who were close to her have formed a group to organize a memorial gathering in her honor. The group is currently in the process of planning the gathering and information about the event will be posted on this site at a later date.

On behalf of Nogami, we would like to thank everyone for their support and good wishes. The ALIVE staff as well as her close friends are deeply saddened and we would like to offer our deepest condolences to all who are grieving at her loss.

Since this summer, we have been preparing for the present situation. As Nogami stated in the ALIVE Newsletter No.104, as soon as the organization's statute amendment is completed, the new representatives Takashi Kitamura and Yasuhiro Seino will take over Nogami's roles. In the meantime, in accordance with the statute, the current vice-chairperson Kitamura will act as the organization's representative. We were in the process of reinforcing personnel, and re-organizing administrative procedures and activities. We understand that it was the founder's intention for us to cooperate with each other to sustain and expand the organization and its activities. We will continue working hard to fulfill our mission in full keeping with Nogami's will.

We appreciate your continuous support of ALIVE's activities.


Takashi Kitamura
Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Yasuhiro Seino
Director Administrative