grew up in Fukuoka, Japan. She gained undergraduate and master degrees in comparative education at Kyushu University, where she also enrolled in the doctorate course in sociology in 1981. She received a scholarship from the Ishizaka Foundation and carried out her field research in Trengganu, Malaysia as a research fellow of the University of Malaya from 1981 to 1983. She successfully completed her doctorate course in 1985.
From 1983 onwards, Richters lived with her Dutch husband in Kenya, Costa Rica and Bolivia. During this period she worked as an interpreter/translator for various organizations, and developed and gave a sociology course for graduate students at San Andres National University in La Paz, Bolivia.
She has been living with her family in the Netherlands since 1996. In 1999, Richters started publisching "Richters Naoko's Oranda Tsushin' ("Newsletter from the Netherlands by Naoko Richters") in which she reports on developments in Dutch education and Dutch society.
She published several books about Dutch education and about Dutch society in general mainly in Japanese. Richters regularly gives lectures and workshops throughout Japan. She is the translator of Japanese version of "Schools That Learn" by Peter Senge et.al., which was published in January 2014. She wrote columns for the Asahi Shimbun and Nagasaki Shimbun, and her articles appear in several Japanese magazines.
In November 2007 Naoko visited Japan together with three Dutch Jenaplan education experts, organized lectures en workshops of them in Tokyo and Kyoto. It was the first public introduction of Dutch Jenaplan Education in Japan.
In November 2008, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Royal Netherlands in Tokyo, she cooperated to plan and to organize a bilateral symposium in Tokyo, inviting Prof.Dr.Micha de Winter and Prof.Dr.Luc Stevens of Utrecht University. During the symposium Richters was given a role as a speaker and a moderator.
On 22 September 2010, Naoko gave a lecture with the title “Japanese society and her education behind a ‘modern’ mask” in the lecture series “Studium Generale” of University of Utrecht. The contents of the lecture were later in 2011 published in the Dutch book: SWP,”Wereldwijd opvoeden” ISBN 9789088502033.
After the Earthquake and Nuclear Power Plant accident in Fukushima on 11 March 2011, she continues to give lectures and workshops related to citizenship education focused on the disaster and its social consequences.
As the founding director of Japan Jenaplan Association, Naoko organizes Jenaplan week course for Japanese teachers, students and researchers in The Netherlands twice a year (spring and summer) in cooperation with the experts of JAS (Jenaplan Advies & Schooling).
She gave keynote speeches, for example, in the WEF International Education Forum held in Jiyugakuen, Tokyo,in June 2012, at the opening symposium of yearly conference of Japan LD Academic Association in October 2013, at the opening ceremony of the annual study meeting of Japan Teachers' Union in January 2014, and in the first general study meeting of the national group of legalization of diversity of education at Tokyo Schule in February 2014.
Naoko introduced “De Vredezaam school”, the primary school program for democratic citizenship education, which is widely applied in Dutch primary schools, to Japan for the first time. She went to Japan together with Dr.Leo Pauw and Ms.Caroline Verhoef, the developers of this Program in April 2013, and coordinated the 2 days workshop and other lectures in Tokyo for them.
She is currently publishing a DVD serie of the Dutch Education System together with Global Education Information Centre. One of them is a special double DVD's packege about Dutch Jenapalan education (trailer) published in 2015. There are many shots at several Jenapalan schools in The Netherlands and also interviews with famous Jenapalan experts. The content was entirely directed by Naoko self.
She was invited as a navigator (lecturer) by Peace Boat in 2016 and 2018.
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