Haruhisa Handa (Toshu Fukami) was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from SOAS in 2000 in recognition of his many distinguished contributions. Dr Handa supported the creation of the picturesque Japanese Roof Garden in the Brunei Gallery and is a generous supporter of SOAS, providing funding towards a number of projects.
Dr Handa received his Economics degree from Doshisha University, Kyoto and a postgraduate degree from Japan's Musashino Academia Musicae. He earned a masters degree in creative arts from WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts) at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. He holds a Ph.D in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, as well as a Ph.D in Literature from Study of Chinese Classical Text, Zhejiang University, China. Dr Handa is chancellor of the University of Cambodia, and also professor at its College of Arts and Humanities. He is professor at the College of Japanese Language and Culture, Zhejiang Gongshang University, China. He is the author of more than 220 books.
Dr Handa leads numerous companies involved in diverse fields. He is a practicing artist. His talents range from painting, dancing, Noh acting, opera to calligraphy, flower arranging and poetry composition, and he is professionally licensed in most of these fields.
His philanthropic work includes his role as President of the International Shinto Foundation (United Nations ECOSOC), Chairman of International Foundation for Arts and Culture, Founder and Vice-chairman of the Sihanouk Hospital, a 24-hour free emergency hospital in Cambodia. He is vice-president of RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People).
He serves as advisor to the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.