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Invitation to an International Symposium on
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The Japan Foundation and the Council of Europe are pleased to invite you to a symposium on the topic of Intercultural Cities.

Since the early 90s, a concept of Tabunka-Kyosei or intercultural community building has attracted the attention of policy makers and experts in the Japanese cities that found themselves confronted with a sudden and large influx of migrants. Further to their experiences they have since implemented a number of policy practices in this field.

Meanwhile, in Europe, the concept of the “intercultural city” is attracting attention as a new direction in urban policy. An intercultural city views diversity—especially that of its immigrant community—not as a threat or a problem to be solved, but as a positive source of dynamism, innovation, creativity, and growth. Twenty-one European cities are currently exchanging expertise and experiences under the Intercultural City Programme started in 2008 by the Council of Europe.

The purpose of this symposium is to explore the potential of leveraging cultural diversity for better community building by having presentations of city mayors from Japan, Korea, and Europe and comparing their intercultural policies, good practices and challenges. We hope that this endeavor will be a step for building network of intercultural cities across Asia and Europe.

 

Live via Ustream(Japanese Only)
URL:http://www.ustream.tv/channel/international-symposium-on-intercultural-cities

 

 

Date & Time: 10:00-18:00, Wednesday January 18th, 2012
Venue: Korean Cultural Center Access
(4-4-10, Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Language: Japanese, Korean, and English with simultaneous translation
Organizers: The Japan Foundation and Council of Europe
Supported by: Korean Cultural Center, Korean Embassy in Japan, Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), Japan Intercultural Academy of Municipalities (JIAM) , Cabinet Office of Government of Japan, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Agency for Cultural Affairs
Program:

Introduction
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome remarks by the Japan Foundation

 

1. Introducing Each Country / Region
Introducing the basic background of the intercultural cities in each region/country.

10:15 - 10:50
European experience: Mr. Robert PALMER, Council of Europe

10:50 - 11:10
Japan's experience: Prof. Keizo YAMAWAKI, Meiji Unibersity

11:10 - 11:30
South Korea's experience: YANG Kee-Ho, Sungkonghoe University

11:30 - 11:45 Q & A

 

11:45 - 13:15 Working Lunch

 

2. Mayors’ Summit for Intercultural Cities
13:30 - 14:50 Session 1
Antonio COSTA, Mayor of Lisbon City (Portugal)
Yasutomo SUZUKI, Mayor of Hamamatsu City
JUNG, Seung-Bong, Deputy Mayor of Ansan City

Moderator: Keizo YAMAWAKI, Meiji Unibersity
Commentator: Phil WOOD, Principal Advisor to the Council of Europe on Intercultural Cities Programme

 

15:00 - 16:20 Session 2
Katarina BERGGREN, Mayor of Botkyrka (Sweden)
Tadayoshi MATSUBARA, Mayor of Ota City
MOON, Seok-Jin, Mayor of Seodaemun City

Moderator: YANG Kee-Ho, Sungkonghoe University
Commentator: Taro TAMURA, Institute for Human Diversity Japan

 

16:30 - 17:50 Session 3
Franco CORRADINI, Deputy Mayor of Reggio Emilia City (Italy)
Hiroko NAKAYAMA, Mayor of Shinjuku City
YEOM, Tae Young, Mayor of Suwon City

Moderator: Robert PALMER, Council of Europe
Commentator: Toshihiro MENJU, Japan Center for International Exchange

 

Closing Session:
17:50 - 18:00 Tokyo Declaration Closing
Remarks by Robert PALMER, Council of Europe

 

Registration:

Please register by sending an e-mail with your name, affiliation, telephone number and e-mail address to International Symposium on Intercultural Cities - Registration Office E-mail. Everyone is welcome.
Please put “Registration / Intercultural Cities” in the title of your e-mail.
*The registration e-mail address was previously "incul@jpf.go.jp" but changed as above.

Inquiry: Attn. Ms. Ono, Ms. Goto, and Mr. Hammond
Europe, Middle East and Africa Section
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Department, The Japan Foundation
Tel: 03-5369-6071 / Fax: 03-5369-6041 / E-mail

 

● Latest program and participants will be updated on this website.
● Practitioners’ Seminar for invited practitioners of Japanese municipalities will be held on the following day, Thursday January 19th.

 

«Participating mayors:Japan»

Yasutomo SUZUKI,
Mayor of Hamamatsu City

Hiroko NAKAYAMA,
Mayor of Shinjuku City

Tadayoshi MATSUBARA,
Mayor of Ota City

 

«Participating mayors:Korea»

MOON, Seok-Jin,
Mayor of Seodaemun City

YEOM, Tae Young,
Mayor of Suwon City

JUNG, Seung-Bong,
Deputy Mayor of Ansan City

 

«Participating mayors:Europe»

António COSTA,
Mayor of Lisbon (Portugal)

Katarina BERGGREN,
Mayor of Botkyrka (Sweden)

Franco CORRADINI,
Deputy Mayor of Reggio Emilia City (Italy)

 

«MODERATOR»

Robert PALMER,
Council of Europe

YANG Kee-Ho,
Sungkonghoe University, Former President, Korean Association for Multicultural Studies

Keizo YAMAWAKI,
Meiji University

 

«COMMENTATOR»

Phil WOOD,
Principal Advisor to the Council of Europe on Intercultural Cities Programme

Toshihiro MENJU,
Chief Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange

Taro TAMURA,
Representative Director, Institute for Human Diversity Japan

 

 

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