Symposium « Intercultural City and Multicultural Symbiosis »

Symposium « Intercultural City and Multicultural Symbiosis »

Europe, Middle East and Africa Section
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept.
The Japan Foundation

The Intercultural City does not view diversity as a threat, nor simply “cope” with it, but utilizes it as a source of dynamism, innovation, creativity and growth. Based on this latest idea, the Council of Europe has started the “Intercultural cities” programme with 12 cities in Europe to exchange expertise and experience among each other.

In Japan, in order to facilitate peaceful co-existence between indigenous and foreign inhabitants in a community, various policies are being carried out with the idea of “multicultural symbiosis” (Tabunka-kyosei). Some of these policies present strong parallel cases with those in the intercultural cities, where diversity is regarded as strength and participation in community activities are encouraged all across the ethnic landscape.

However, these initiatives towards integration at regional and community levels in Europe and Japan have not been fully introduced to each other, let alone studied comparatively.

The Japan Foundation and the Council of Europe invite to Japan a group which is consisted of the representatives of Melitopol / Ukraine, Neuchâtel / Switzerland, Patras / Greece, Tilburg / the Netherlands among the member cities of “Intercultural cities” programme, Mr. Phil Wood, a co-coiner of the term “Intercultural city”, and other experts. They will make a study visit to Kani city and Minokami city of Gifu pref. and Kobe city of Hyogo pref. to see demonstration of typical “multicultural symbiosis” in Japan, and then participate in an open symposium in Tokyo.

In the symposium, reports of the study visit by the European participants will be followed by presentation on the current state of integration policy in Europe before discussing comparatively the merits of “Intercultural city” and “multicultural symbiosis”.

Date&Time Friday, November 6, 2009 18:00 - 20:00
Organized by The Japan Foundation, The Council of Europe
Supported by
Moderator Prof. Yasuyuki Kitawaki, Director of Center for Multilingual Multicultural Education and Research, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Panelists Representatives of the troupe of study visit in Japan from the member cities of the intercultural cities programme
Phil Wood, Experts, Advocate of intercultural city
Local official, experts from Japan, and the others.

English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretatio

Admission Fee Free
Registration Please register by sending your name, affiliation, and contact info (e-mail or phone/ fax number) via e-mail (E-mail) or FAX (03-5369-6041) by November 4, 2009. Seats are limited up to 100 attendants.
Contact Europe, Middle East and Africa Section
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept.
The Japan Foundation E-mail
Tel: 03-5369-6071 / Fax: 03-5369-6041

Member of the study visit “Intercultural city and Multicultural Symbiosis / Cooperative Project of the Council of Europe and the Japan Foundation”

Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Mr Thomas FACCHINETTI, Deputy of city of Neuchâtel's Parliament, Head of Multicultural Cohesion Office
Patras, Greece
Mr Panos Kitrou, Councillor, President of Patras Municipal Enterprise for Planning & Development - ADEP S.A.,El.Venizelou
Tilburg, the Netherlands
Mr Gon MEVIS, Vice mayor, Tilburg Municipality
Mr Phil WOOD, Philip Wood Associates Ltd
Mr Olexandr BUTSENKO, Director, Development Centre “Democracy through Culture”
Prof. Pierre Salama, Université Paris 13-Centre d'Economie de Paris nord
Mr Thijs MALMBERG, Manager, Ordina Public Management Consulting
Council of Europe
Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Director General for Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport and Co-ordinator for Intercultural dialogue
Ms Irena Guidikova, Project Manager Intercultural cities

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