The Japan Foundation 40th Anniversary Symposium Transcending Borders: New Trends in International Cultural Exchange

The Japan Foundation 40th Anniversary Symposium
Transcending Borders: New Trends in International Cultural Exchange

Recent world events suggest that we are witnessing another major turning point in history. In the domestic arena, the Great East Japan Earthquake wreaked unprecedented havoc and destruction in Japan. The ongoing recovery of the affected communities, however, inspires hope for a revitalized and vibrant civil society. In the international arena, social values and economic systems have reverberated with the shock of the global financial crisis and the widening social disparities now seen in many more countries. Moreover, social media are forging ahead with new styles of communication between people which bypass traditional political boundaries.

We are entering a new era where our existing values and ways of thinking may no longer apply. In this changing world, how can cultural exchange help to redefine guiding values and wisdom for the future? What will be the role of cultural exchange for Japan?

This symposium invites leading figures from around the world to explore questions and discuss the prospects of international cultural exchange in the future.

Date: Friday, November 9th , 2012 13:00-18:00 (Doors open at 12:15)
Venue: Yuraku-cho Asahi Hall
11th floor, Yuraku-cho Mullion, 2-5-1 Yuraku-cho, Tokyo  Access
Admission: Free
Language: Japanese/English (Simultaneous Translation)
Organized by: The Japan Foundation
Co-organized by: The Asahi Shimbun
Supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Program Keynote Speech Nanami Shiono (Novelist/Japan)
Session 1 "Diversification of International Cultural Exchange"
Session 2 "Potential and Future of International Cultural Exchange"
Registration To register, please provide your name, affiliation, telephone number, and email address via email or FAX not later than Monday, November 5th, 2012. Please put “Registration / JF 40th Anniversary Symposium” in the subject line of your email/FAX.(*Deadline extended. Those who have registered will receive the confrimation shortly.) 

Registration Form (Word:67KB)
To: The Japan Foundation 40th Anniversary Symposium - Registration Office
Fax: 03-5501-7824

  • *Individual registration is required. Group registration will not be accepted.
  • *Registration will close on reaching full capacity. Confirmation will be sent about one week prior to the event.
  • *Your personal information will be used only for the purpose of registration for the symposium.
Enquiries Planning and Coordination Section
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Department
The Japan Foundation
TEL: 03-5369-6069 / Fax: 03-5369-6041  E-mail

This is a part of the commemorative project to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Japan Foundation's establishment.

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