Yohko Hatada (Ph.D Oxford)
Founder & Director
Evolution of Mind, Life and Society Research Institute.org
Veram Vitam Ltd.
Yohko Hatada’s mission is to empower each person to maximize her/his quality of life. Through her life-long scientific research understanding of life and experience in improving political systems, Yohko is adept at grasping the big picture and the long term perspective.
- Registered/ licensed National Policy Secretary for both Houses of Japanese Parliament.
- Political activity: Information Openness, Gov2.0, Anti-Nuclear and Journalism Reform.
- Versatile and pragmatic programme innovator
- System developer consultant
- Worked and lectured in Asia, Europe and USA
Yohko created the EMLSRI and Veram Vitam programmes to help individuals to flourish through fundamental self-understanding among the current dramatic societal paradigm shifts triggered by exponential science/technological advancements. The programmes include own career creation, an active participation in the creation of society and as a paradigm shifting leader. These new programmes combine her experience in politics and her understanding from interdisciplinary scientific research at international institutions (e.g. University of Oxford in UK, Columbia University in NY city, Univ. of London in UK) in the followings:
- Evolution, Development, Plasticity, Adaptation
- Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Cognitive / Social Psychology, Neuro - Modelling
- Ecology, System biology, Complexity science
- Metaphysics, Mindful Contemplation
as well as
- Music performance
- Politics and Education
Education/Professional Experience: Summary
I have been exploring the program “Empowering every individual by finding of own calling” through my life. My own strong desire to unify art and science was the driving force of this journey in order to feel my own true fulfillment and happiness. Science did not give satisfaction of wholeness of understanding of life. Art did not give satisfaction of deepening the analytical explanation to life. Each gave only one facet of life satisfaction. Yet I felt the need to choose to be either a scientist or an artist, not both at the same time. This project gradually developed by my exploration in my own life in order to answer the question “what am I”? This project rescued me since I could help similar people who are struggling to find their own calling, which truly gives me fulfillment by doing so through my own experience and expertise. Also I found that with this project I could unify my scientific strengths of analytical critical mind and instinct for getting to the bottom of problems, in order to understand the individuals’ life and mind, with my artistic sensitivity to people / situations for responding and communicating appropriately in order to help individuals
In order to develop the best way to improve our quality of life, I approached this goal through scientific research of life science and cognitive psychology of the individual mind as well as through social system improvement in education, politics and information building. I also exposed myself to diverse cultures and civilizations in order to understand the universalities and differences among people’s lives and value systems. When individuals find and express their own calling in the majority of their lives and contribute into society by helping each other based on their own calling, each individual will feel fulfillment within the self. Since one desires to be fulfilled and happy naturally, one could become fulfilled by own determination and persistence to use one’s own skills of mind, and understanding of nature of function of own mind which Buddhism tradition has explored and taught us for millennia. If everyone were “living by own calling” then each individual becomes fulfilled, happier and resilient. When the world has more fulfilled unique individuals and peaceful minded people, the world would become a more peaceful and democratic society with higher potential to evolve with larger complexity, dynamically sustainable beautiful ecosystem. When an individual seeks own calling and happiness, this person starts to express own limitless potential. “Finding own calling and to live true to self” is not difficult but natural and actually a “must” for everyone and the most exciting project in the own life.
Chronology of motivation, educations, professional experiences
2013 Founder and directer of Veram Vitam Ltd (Latin for: True Life), EMLS RI (Evolution of Mind, Life and Society Research Institute.org). I developed the Veram Vitam programme which was awarded UnLtd Higher Education Social Enterprise Award for producing systematic programmes promting individual quality of life at various levels in institution from individual to society.
2012 After the nuclear accident I felt that being an activist was emotionally exhausting. Although it was an incredible experience to know diverse people, I learned and experienced the full corruption. This made me re-think how we need to fight this wisely. Part of this brought me to establish the concept of universal calling right for everybody.
The programmes is for that each individual can find own true calling and live the calling by contributing own talent with fulfilment to create the alternaitve future society with each own vision in the context of current dramatic paradigm shift in the world which nature is science-technology driven and maniphested as political economic system, business and societal instability with conflicts from all stakeholders. I used academic scientific research advancements and pragmatic mindfulness practice, metaphysics and philosophy of Buddhism system for improvement/ development of individuals’ quality of life, “find and execute own true calling”. I have unified the scientifically reported positive effects of meditation practice with studies of brain neural plasticity (e.g. behavioural change, attention control), personality effects, gender differences, genetics profile difference, value system/cultural differences. For finding own calling, my particular interests are the role that individuals actively take to empower their own mind in order to understand the self, by means of gaining skills of controlling own mind, i.e. meta-awareness, along attention focus and analytical skills. In order to produce better effective program of “empowering every individual by finding own calling by the self” I am developing two parallel programs: theoretical and practical.
- to make a structured science for "Finding own Calling" (Calling here means "true to self" kind of self expression in work or life, contribution to the society in secular sense, but religion is not excluded.) for everyone with interdisciplinary approaches.
- to make a practical contemplative (and imagery training, lucid dreaming) program to gain insight to what the individual's own calling is.
2011/3/11 Japan experienced the East-Japan earthquakes and nuclear plant disaster.
- I immediately built up an information network site for helping Fukushima Tohoku people who were affected to evacuate. This information was featured in the Yomiuri National Newspaper (March 20th).
- I also wrote about the corrupted IAEA and WHO role for the security administration management for nuclear energy safety (Nature April 29).
- Also I wrote about nuclear plant cleanup workers’ working conditions/health conditions and improper employment advertisement. I pointed out the problems with suggestion for how it should be done and submitted it to New York Times, Guardian and der Spiegel (story was not placed). Also I suggested to university professors and Google-Japan to urgently build up an internet based emergency health network for everyone to use.
- I helped Russian TV (RT) journalists visiting Fukushima to interview peoples to document the situation of the nuclear disaster on the people.
- I advised American anti-nuclear campaigners (who were working with the US Congressman Dennis Kucinich) how to make interactive educational webpage and anti-nuclear movement by inviting former Japanese PM (Kan Naoto) who had recently ordered the stop of the Hamaoka nuclear plant. I directly asked Mr. Kan to help the anti-nuclear campaign group and advised the US group how they should make the contact between Kan Naoto and Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
2010 I was selected and registered as DPJ national politics election candidate, so we returned to Japan in 2010.
- I passed an exam to be eligible as policy maker secretary for upper and lower house of Japanese Parliament and registered for such a position.
- I also suggested a framework for local government information infrastructure network building.
- I made an outline for a book on journalism revolution in Japan and joined women politicians movement.
2002-2010 Japan, France, UK, China international collaboration; extremely long lasting prism adaptation aftereffects with multi components interactions in normal human.
- Following from my work on the mechanisms of plasticity at neuronal cellular level with small neural network (2000) I started to develop a hypothesis about how this would affect whole individual system behavioural change in a way that could be subject phenomenologically felt and that would allow direct behaviourally measurement during the plastic modification. Since the whole brain neural network is interconnected, I predicted that one appropriate learning would be sufficient to plastically affect wide areas of the neural network proportionately with appropriate time orders in the brain and that the effects could be measured in various components. I modelled this into a unified theory. Based on this work I made a plan of research which could be useful for clinical application for hemi-spatial neglect patient rehabilitation.
- When I told this research, one professor told me it would take 20 years to confirm my hypothesis, which I did within the next 2 years including the publications.
- From single prism adaptation training, I produced very long aftereffect of more than one week in normal human (2006a publication). This finding overturned the prior held theory of plasticity which held that the lasting effect of prism adaptation would only be as long as the original training duration in normal human, which is separate from hemi-spatial neglect patients who have much longer aftereffect. I also demonstrated two different levels of timescales of separate plasticity, hours and days, which generated separate adaptation aftereffects, indicating two different mechanisms of plasticity. Based on my cellular level plasticity work I was able to identify one as triggered by signal transduction at molecular level responses at synaptic terminals while the other is epigenetically regulated with time delay of many hours and behavioural aftereffect observed after one day (2006a). On top of this I showed that ocular orientation eye centred visual space coding and arm / body proprioceptive spatial neural coding are affected via separate mechanisms, as observed by different time scales of decay curves in the aftereffects (2006b). I also put the results into a unified model (2006c). These systems are at the core of interaction of our perception and attention of egocentric space in many modalities. Professor Rossetti’s comment was that he could not imagine so many components could be separated out from one prism adaptation training.
- These findings are now used in clinical trials in France and Britain, and Professor Reza Shadmehr (John Hopkins U.) labelled my publication as “Must read” in the F1000 science list. This pushed forward the Rossetti 1998 Nature paper on use of prism adaptation for rehabilitation of hemi-spatial neglect patients in clinical setting.
- While working on the above study, I found that human perception of time and space is not independent by observing that the aftereffects of purely spatial shifting Prism adaptation caused time perception shift (2007). This finding is indicative that brain neural networks for ocular orientation eye centred space coding somehow affect our perception of 100ms level time perception. I also expanded this study into the interaction of vision and auditory perception of time and space.
- I also helped PhD students’ research development in Taiwan (while I was working at National Taiwan U.).
- I organized my project with more than a hundred participants in 3 countries (UK, Japan, Taiwan) to study population differences on the prism adaptation aftereffects using various vision, audition, proprioception tests on sense of centre.2009 In Japan the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) won political victories in Tokyo and Upper House Parliament, pushing out the LDP that had been in power for 65 years. I felt a strong personal response that this presented a great opportunity for real change for Japanese people. At the same time Lehman Brothers shock and WikiLeaks publications were exposing systematic corruptions from inside, showing world citizens’ strong desire to democratize society. This time also saw the rise of Twitter and Facebook, with some time delay in Japan relative to western nations. I felt also from Japanese people the strong desire for political reform together with tech advancement for real democratic society change for fair development to bring happiness by political scientific advancement. So I applied for the candidate selection for DPJ national politics election candidacy.
2001-2002 Assistant Examiner, Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals section, Japanese Patent Office, Ministry of Economy and Industry, Tokyo, Japan1995-2000 Post Doctoral Research Scientist, Research Associate, with Prof. Daniel J Goldberg and Nobel Laureate Prof. Eric R. Kandel MD, Pharmacology Dept., Centre for Neurobiology and Behaviour, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Columbia University, NY, U.S.A.
- At Columbia University my research shifted to cognitive neuroscience. I was the leading member of the project with 7 team members. I developed a complete new experiment setup (hardware + software) for specialized video enhanced florescence microscopy with continuous extremely long (3 days) 3D video time lapse, in order to record live synaptogenesis in situ by observing continuously before and after learning stimuli were given. For this I negotiated with the product manufacturers for the development of our highly specialized equipments, which I tested, compared and negotiated the price for, including making the manufacturers buy our previous software. To which Prof. Goldberg commented that I could become a good business woman.
- I studied cellular model of how memory and learning is generated and reversibly preserved in the synapses. I showed that actin molecule polymerization is necessary for synapse formation that is necessary for memory formation. This occurred with time delay of more than 10 hours, indicating epigenetic modulation dependent nature. This also showed that this process is separate from the earlier stage of memory immediately after learning (1999, 2000). The resulting work was published in journal of Neuroscience and is also highly cited (more than 70 citations). This finding attracted many researchers. I was invited as a speaker at Cold Spring Harbour. Eric Kandel became very excited about my work and offered his post-doc to work with me. I got support money from E. Kandel for researcher, postdoc and equipments.
- During this time I also attended Julliard Music School where I learnt piano performance and music theory and composition. I played works by Chopin and Bach in Julliard Music School recitals. I helped suffering friends by playing piano works (e.g. who lost their mothers, or political leaders who were dear to the friends).
- I also learned Buddhism “Vipassana” contemplative practice (Tibetan Sakya School lead by Khenpo Pema Wangdak).
1990-1995 Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, U.K.; D.Phil. Supervisor: J Z Young Professor Claudio D. Stern F.Med.Sci
D. Phil thesis ”The axis formation in the chick embryo.” Submitted to Oxford University and British Library.
1991-1994 Wellcome Trust studentship
- My PhD research studied the origin of “organiser” which population of cells regulate the differentiation of cell types and body pattern formation, determining the morphology of the whole body in chick early embryo. Claudio Stern is a world authority on Chick developmental biology and currently Chair of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Centre and head of Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at University College London.
- The results of my fate map study (1994) had high impact for the basis of stem-cell research and regenerative medicine (cited 169 times in international peer-reviewed journals). The results were compared with other vertebrate early embryogenesis in order to suggest evolutional significance (1992).
- I also belonged to the university music society playing violin.
- I organised a concert by inviting international performing musicians to Holywell music room, Europe’s oldest purpose build music hall, where Handel and Haydn also played.
1989-1990 Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University College London, U.K.; extracurricular studies on Neuroscience,
Supervised by Prof. Patrick D. Wall, F.Med.Sci.
- While waiting for Wellcome Trust studentship I attended Medical student courses for which my tuition fee was waived.
- I studied mechanisms of pain generation and pain pathway development in neonatal rat.
1988-1989 Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Durham, U.K., M.Sc. Research Assistant. Supervisor: Prof. Peter Evans, FRS. Evolutionary animal behavioural ecology and population ecology. Master thesis ”A Study of Ground Beetles (Carabidae, Coleoptera) at Adjacent Woodland and Grassland Habitats in Durham, North-East England.”
1984-1987 Clinical psychology research with Prof. Murai Minoru, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
- Teacher. Biology, Physics, Mathematics. Tokyo Met. Senior high school, Tokyo, Japan,
- Studied politics, economy, philosophy at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
- Science education curriculum development research at Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan.
- Travelled and collecting folklore music in China, Indonesia.
- At this time I felt the need to learn disciplined scientific research methodology.
- Human evolution, Evolutionary Biology and Cell Biology
- Political activity to push local and national governments to take more responsibility to help disabled people by building financially self helping institutions; and helped to build such an institution, Kagoshima, Japan.
- Played violin in the Kagoshima City Orchestra and performed concerts for society.
- Comparative folklore music research along Silk Road nations with Prof. Matsubara Takemi (International University of Kagoshima).
- Travelled and collected folklore music in India, Nepal, Japan, China, and Indonesia.
- Studied Buddhism philosophy.
1976-1980 Department of Biological Sciences. Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan; Supervisor: Prof. Shiroh Higashi.
- Played violin in the university orchestra society.
- Travelled and performing in the schools in summer holiday.