ACP & ACERP 2014 Conference Report
Thursday March 27 – Sunday March 30, 2014
Conference Theme: “Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy”
The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its global university partners, was proud to hold the Fourth Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences, and the Fourth Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy, from March 27-30 2014, at the Rihga Royal Hotel and the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan.
The 2014 Conference theme of “Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy” offered a diverse variety of papers that encouraged interdisciplinary reflection and discussion and drew around 310 delegates from over 35 countries who came together to reflect upon how and why we think, as well as reason, believe, and behave, not just as academics but as members within our own societies.
IAFOR and the Osaka conference committee would like to thank all the attending delegates who made the event so enjoyable. We would also like to thank our joint conference co-chairs, Professor Monty Satiadarma, Professor Dexter Da Silva, Professor Jiro Takai and Reverend Professor Stuart Picken, the Chairman of the IAFOR International Advisory Board, for their guidance before and during the conference.
We are also grateful to our ACP 2014 Keynote Speaker Professor Minoru Karasawa, from the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Japan, whose plenary presentation “Blameworthy Character Invites Harsher Punishment: A Social Psychological Approach to Punitive Motives against Individuals and Groups,” addressed how our intuitive judgments of fairness is formed against unwanted or unlikable characters within the context of criminal behavior. IAFOR would also like to thank our ACERP 2014 Keynote Speaker Professor Frank S. Ravitch, of Michigan State University College of Law, USA, whose plenary address on the Constitutional and Ethical Struggles that lie within Japanese Government officials’ visits to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine gave delegates a fascinating legal insight into the challenging issue of separation of religion and state.
We would also like to thank our ACERP 2014 Featured Speaker Lowell Sheppard – Asia Pacific Director, HOPE International Development Agency, Japan and our ACP featured speakers Dr. Kurt R. Bickford and Dr. Tracy J. Covington who are Licensed Clinical Psychologists in private practice based in Redlands, California, US, and Professor Jiro Takai who is currently a Professor of Social Psychology at Nagoya University, Japan.
The 2014 ACERP / ACP Conference provided delegates with an excellent opportunity for intellectual discovery and the development of collaborative links and connections between the researchers, academics, scholars and practitioners who attended. We look forward to seeing you again next in Osaka in 2015.