Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka, MALD Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, MBA, Individual & Societal Change, Yoga

By helping individuals enjoy the process of their own artistic creation, Nathalie Ishizuka believes she can create far more change than on her own.

Nathalie works with talented artists and indviduals in a variety of fields on how to use crisis to go beyond a previous best. She is well aware of her limits. “I am not an expert in highly specialized fields, but when I lack the answers or the expertise, I am good at finding, meeting, and working with those who do.” Her work consists of understanding what drives individuals to create and when this serves to elevate both themselves and others, helping a small group of individuals to enjoy what they do best.


nathalieprofile1About Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka

Nathalie L. Ishizuka, a Franco-Japanese from New York, sees crisis as an opportunity to re-invent ourselves.

Director Beyond Our Best, Background in Psychology of Health, Japan, Artist, Writer, Entrepreneur,  Individual & Societal Change, Yoga

M.A.L.D. Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (admin in cooperation with Harvard), M.B.A. HEC, B.A. Amherst College,summa cum laude, Article 9 of Japanese Constitution.  Keio University & Seishin Joshi Gakuin exchange.

Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka Bio

Leiko IshizukaArtist, Writer, Psychology of Health & Japan, Entrepreneur,  Individual & Societal Change, Yoga

Born February 22, 1970 in Paris of a French mother and Japanese father, but raised in New York, Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka is of three cultures.

Her thesis on Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution received written praise by Colonel Charles Kades, who wrote the Constitution under MacArthur, and the Doshisha Asian Studies Award.

To teach herself Japanese, Ishizuka studied at Keio University and during high school at Seishin Joshi Gakuin (all Japanese) on exchange.

After graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College in political science, her interest in happiness and the mind at its best, lead her to work for over twenty years with Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, a Japanese Harvard trained psychiatrist from Keio Medical School, on psychological well-being across cultures, health, happiness and the use of individual crisis to go far beyond a previous best level of adjustment.

After working several years with Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, in 1995 her desire to extend assumptions about healthy human beings to other fields including economics, organizations and international affairs lead her to complete the Master’s program on Law and Diplomacy, and an MBA. As a graduate student, Nathalie Ishizuka applied the health concepts (called Lifetrack) to Oliver Williamson’s theory of the firm (2009 Nobel Laureate in Economics).  The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School published her working paper dealing with Lifetrack concepts and mediation. Ishizuka’s work on psychology and the GATT (now WTO) resulted in a correspondence with Arthur Dunkel, former head of the World Trade Organization.  Her work, “Lessons from Preventive Health to Preventive Diplomacy,” received the attention of former U.N. Secretary General Boutros-Boutros Ghali and won the Eisaku Sato Memorial Essay Award from the U.N. University in Tokyo.

To teach herself about new media, and promoting health and the mind at its best through entertainment and technology, she founded in Paris a small innovative media company that promoted Warner Music Artists on the net and mobile.

After the tsunami, in August of 2012 Leiko returned to Japan to work with Japanese artists on a new philosophy in face of natural and man-made crisis.  Together with Dr. Paul Briot, Ph.D. in philosophy and Professor of Comparative Religion, she uses crisis and March 11th to imagine a New Japan.  By helping Japanese artists enjoy the process of their own creation, she believes she can create far more change than on her own.

Nathalie’s inter-disciplinary approach integrating the psychology of individuals, organizations & the nation state has lead her to work with individuals from many fields and to receive the George A. Plimpton Fellowship for the study of social, economic & political institutions.

She now lives in Singapore and continues to work with Japan and Japanese artists focusing on meditation.  Her current interests involve deepening and broadening her work with artists and those involved in societal change including learning from individuals from India and China.

Yoga, Meditation, Artist, Writer, Gourmet

Nathalie’s happiness and love of different cultures and of the mind, lead to yoga at the very late age of forty.  She considers herself a “late bloomer,” and a novice in all things.

Shortly before March 11th 2011 (the tsunami/earthquake and nuclear incident in Japan), she met talented meditation teachers and began meditating daily under the guidance of a raja yoga teacher.

In August of 2012 she returned to Japan and spent four years as Director of Beyond Our Best: Creators Uplifting Japan to work with Japanese on a new philosophy in face of natural and man-made crisis.  Today her work continues with meditation and talented Japanese artists who can elevate us with works of great beauty that inspire silence.

While her yoga focuses on raja yoga or meditative practices, in Tokyo Nathalie had three and half years of classes of hatha yoga with Michael Glen at Yoga Tree and discovered Ayurveda and pranayama thanks to Nirmal Raj Gyawali, a Nepalese yogi.  She was introduced briefly to Soto-Zen with the help of a Japanese monk.  Intrigued by China, Nathalie practiced at the park with a great Qigong master, Shu Seika.  She also followed as best she could a three year course on Tibetain Buddhism (only was able to do two!).

From a family of great French chefs and a great gourmet, Nathalie gave French cooking lessons at the early age of eleven.  However, when she was forty, she discovered she did not know the essence of food nor even water.   After discovering a tumor in her left axilla, she began to experiment on herself with food, vegetarianism, Gerson therapy and later Ayurveda noticing the impact food, water and nature had on energy, health, sleep and meditation.  Worried about possible health effects of radiation on the Japanese, she continues to experiment on herself and work with people in the health field.

In Singapore she is fortunate to have met Vikram a talented hatha yoga teacher who teaches at yoga in synch.  She follows his classes and is recently benefiting from one on one sessions.  She also learns hatha yoga cleansing techniques with Nikam Yoga in an Indian temple and has been fortunate to learn from Sadhguru‘s trainings in Singapore, Malaysia and India.   Nathalie continues to work with artists and meditation in Japan and practices yoga daily.

A highly creative thinker across disciplines, Nathalie’s strength is joy and her ability to help individuals do what they love most in a way that can benefit themselves and others.  She continues to learn from many and is a novice in all things.

Languages:  English Native. French Native.  Japanese proficient. To teach herself Japanese, Ishizuka studied at Keio University and during high school at Seishin Joshi Gakuin (all Japanese) on exchange.

Bibliography of Selected Works by Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka

A Letter to Japanese Friends, Dr. Paul Briot and Leiko Ishizuka, published in English and Japanese by the chief editor of Sogensha in Osaka in 日本語臨床フォーラム, web journal dealing with psychology psychotherapy and art, 2012.

Ishizuka, Nathalie, “The Psychological Make or Buy Decision: Psychology and Transaction Cost Economics,” Boston, August 1997.  Paper presented at the Academy of Management.

“Lifetrack Assumptions about Conflict Resolution & Third Party Intervention: A Case Study of Kissinger in the Middle East,” Published as Working Paper, July 1995.  Harvard Law Program on Negotiation.

Article 9 : United Nations “Obligations” vs. Japanese Constitutional Restraints Amherst College, summa cum laude thesis, 1992. Pages 240. Copy requested for U.N. Library.  Comments by the Founder of the 1946 Japanese Constitution, Colonel Charles Kades, who wrote the draft Constitution under MacArthur. Doshisha Asian Studies Prize.

“Lessons from Preventive Health to Preventive Diplomacy” U.N. University, Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation Award for Essay, 1996.

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