He organizes Mixed Roots Japan, a volunteer group that promotes various exchanges among multi-cultural people related to Japan.
Mr. SUMOTO Edward, who has a Venezuelan father and a Japanese mother, was born and grew up in Kobe. He organizes Mixed Roots Japan, a volunteer group that promotes various exchanges among multi-cultural people related to Japan. "Mixed Roots" is a set of words that indicates people with culturally and racially diverse identities. This group is organizing a wide range of activities including family events, community radio programs, cultural exchanges through art and music, and workshops on expression for young adults. As an academic figure, Mr. Sumoto also proactively promotes social communication through tie-ups with both domestic and international universities. As one of those who experienced the disaster of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, he has been engaged in the activities focused on the importance of town community, and sustainable energy business that utilizes 'satoyama biomass' as his main occupation.
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