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date: 08 December 2022

Namae, Takayukilocked

Namae, Takayukilocked

  • Kana MatsuoKana MatsuoShukutoku University


Namae Takayuki (1867–1957) was a Christian social worker and professor who contributed significantly to social welfare work, education, and policies in Japan before World War II. After his studies at the New York School of Philanthropy and Boston University, Namae returned to Japan in 1904, despite several struggles, where he became a commissioned officer for the Japanese government, responsible for the development of major social work programs. During this time, he visited the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, New Zealand, and other countries to study their approach to social work and policies, and thereafter, he introduced these good practices in Japan. Namae maintained a humanitarian view in his development of social work policies. He dedicated his life to solving social issues in urban areas, protecting women and children, and supporting the poor. Ultimately, Namae Takayuki pioneered the indigenization of social work in Japan.


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