“Kawaii” is often translated as “cute” in English, but the nuances and connotations of the two words seem to be different. In this presentation, Professor Hiroshi Nittono of Osaka University discusses which aspects of kawaii are unique to Japanese culture and which aspects seem to be universal to all humans.
“The concept of strategic stability has become increasingly obscure since the end of the Cold War. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of China have changed the structure of strategic balance, which would have defining impacts on world security.”
“Most attempts at social change attempting shifts in people’s behaviours or attitudes fail. There are systematic reasons for this. A more effective strategy may combine two very different ways of thinking, the systemic and the opportunistic.”
Densely populated, cities are also thickly inhabited by memories. This lecture explores the processes by which some aspects of the past are physically or emotionally inscribed into the built landscape, while others are overlooked or forgotten.
Using the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) as a working example, Dr James McNally explains the advantages of having a local strategy geared toward the preservation and sharing of gerontological research data.
This presentation examines the current state of the data-archiving activities in Japan, introduces the Social Science Japan Data Archive (SSJDA), and provides examples of resources available at the SSJDA and other institutions for aging research.
Jun Arima, Director General of JETRO London, sits down with Rev. Prof. Stuart D.B. Picken (1942-2016), Chairman of IAFOR’s International Advisory Board, to continue their discussion on Japan’s economy.
Dr Angelique Chan discusses the introduction of the Centre for Ageing Research and Education (CARE) in Singapore, and how it will help develop, coordinate and implement research and education initiatives in ageing and health.
Mr Lowell Sheppard, Asia Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency, speaks about his extensive experience in crisis and conflict situations with with Dr Joseph Haldane, IAFOR Executive Director.
Professor Yozo Yokota speaks with IAFOR Executive Director, Dr Joseph Haldane, about his experiences working with the UN in Myanmar (Burma), his thoughts on whether human rights are universal or culture specific, and the role of human rights in business.
Professor Joel Campbell of Troy University discusses the political history of Japan and how the Abe Government’s proclivity for nationalism and their Three Arrows economic strategy are affecting the nation.
Professor Michael A. Cusumano of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) discusses Japan’s rise and decline as an economic superpower at The IAFOR North American Conference on the Social Sciences.
IAFOR Executive Director, Dr Joseph Haldane, discusses Japanese corporate governance, corporate culture, and training methods with Mr Nicholas Benes of the Board Director Training Institute of Japan (BDTI).
Professor Jiro Takai of Nagoya University discusses his research on interpersonal conflict resolution strategies and elaborates on why, when and how avoiding conflict can actually be a wise choice in managing interpersonal conflict.
A look into the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary world of an IAFOR conference and why you should attend. Featuring footage shot at our conferences and interviews with leading academics.