On June 1, 2017, a symposium on “Thinking about the present and future for Japan and a globalizing world” was held at Chiba University’s Keyaki Hall. The symposium was organized by the “Establishing a New Paradigm of Social/ Human Sciences based on Relational Studies: in order to Overcome Contemporary Global Crises” JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (2016-2020) and its principal investigator, Professor Keiko SAKAI of Chiba University. The Symposium’s keynote address was delivered by the Asahi Newspaper’s Masataka WATANABE, and the almost 200 people in attendance responded to the panel put together by Professor SAKAI, “Responding to Global threats: from the perspectives of the West, Asia and the Middle East”.
The individual papers looking at Europe, Asia and the Middle East were each very informative and captured the audience’s attention. Everyone is now looking forward to seeing the process of cooperating upon the development of a new theoretical framework able to account for the world as a whole. In particular, it is anticipated that incorporating knowledge from Asia and the Middle East will enable us to move beyond the view, widespread in Japan, that an understanding of the EU centered on Germany and France provides THE model for development.
From April, the Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies at Kyushu University has also been developing a research project through a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas.