Born and grew up in Tokyo, Dr Tamura stayed in the USA for one year as an American Field Service (AFS) high school exchange student. After completing medical school and Ph.D. at the University of Tsukuba, he stayed in London for three years for his family therapy training at the Tavistock Clinic, Institute of Family Therapy, and Birkbeck College, University of London. He published an article in Family Process which contrast difference and similarity of family and family therapy in the East and the West. He is a gender sensitive therapist from men’s perspective. He specializes in adolescent issues especially Hikikomori (social withdrawal), which has been a widespread phenomenon in Japanese families in the past 20 years.
Vice President, Japanese Association of Family Therapy (JAFT)
Head of International Committee, JAFT
Board of Directors, International Family Therapy Association
International member, American Family Therapy Academy.
Tamura T., Lee W.Y., Cheng V. (2017). Asian Academy of Family Therapy. In: Lebow J., Chambers A., Breunlin D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer, Cham
Tamura, T. and Lau, A. (1992). Connectedness Versus Separateness: Applicability of Family Therapy to Japanese Families. Family Process, 31: 319-340. doi:10.1111/j.1545-5300.1992.00319.x
AAFT Vice President
Takeshi TAMURA, M.D., Vice President of AAFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He retired from 19 years of professorship at Tokyo Gakugei University to start his private practice in central Tokyo in 2011.