FY2015 Invitation Program for Young Intellectuals in Southeast Asia

This program invites a group of young intellectuals from Southeast Asian countries, particularly those with an interest in social issues of contemporary Japan. The aim of the program is to promote and deepen exchanges between experts, as well as build and strengthen networks, in order to establish joint and cooperative initiatives in Asia toward tackling these issues.

Themed on “Revitalization of Rural Areas and Creation of New Values,” the program seeks to provide a comprehensive introduction to the issues confronting rural society in contemporary Japan, such as depopulation, rapid decline of population, and super-aging society, as well as the actual state of the country that has emerged as a result of these issues. It also provides an opportunity for learning about the initiatives taken by the Japanese central and local governments, civil society, and individuals to resolve these issues.


Period of the program Wednesday, December 9 – Friday, December 18, 2015
Targeted Countries
Eligible Participants
Visit to Gakushuin University, Kanazawa University, Ishikawa Prefectural Government Office, Noto Town Office, Shunran-no-Sato, Kirimoto Wooden Craft Workshop, etc.

List of the participants

Name Affiliation
Ari Kurniawan Graphic Designer and Project Cordinator, Ayorek Surabaya(NPO)
Daniel Hermawan Structural Faculty Member and Subject Content Coordinator, Japanese Department, Faculty of Humanities, Binus University
Bemen Win Keong Wong Lecturer (Department of Develoment Studies), Program Coordinator (Development Planning and Manegement Program), Faculty of Social Science, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Carmel Ygona Laurino Founder and CEO, Kalsada Coffee
Raison Dimaampao Arobinto Graduate Student, Population Institute, University of the Philippines
TAN Szue Hann Deputy Head (Sustainable Urban Solutions), Principal Architect, Surbana Jurong Private Limited
Ka Leung Ku MA student and Graduate Tutor Assistant, Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore
Natnicha Tuangvirutkorn Associate Researcher, Mekong Studies Center, Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University
Thanawin Wijitporn Co-founder, Kon Jai Baan Social Entrepreneur, JaiBaan Studio Co.,Ltd.
Le Thi Kim Oanh Lecturer, Head of Division of Oriental Studies, University of Foreign Language Studies, The University of Danang
Phuong Thi Viet Dang Deputy Head of Division of Social Security and Social Work, Institute of Sociology, Vietnam Academy of Social SciencesVietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Sociology

Read the essays written by two of the participants in Wochi Kochi Magazine.

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