Nov 30, 2010
On Saturday, November 20, 2010, the AY2010 Asia Pacific Conference was held at APU under the theme of "Outlook for the Asia Pacific". The conference invited as keynote speaker, Dr. Kent E. Calder, the Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. This event was hosted by RCAPS* and the International Association for Asia Pacific Studies (IAAPS).
Entitled "Implications for the Asia Pacific Ties: American Asia Policy Past Progress and Future Prospects", Dr. Kent's keynote speech looked in detail at the characteristics of President Obama's administration. He highlighted President Obama's multicultural background and suggested that he is willing to approach and interact with Asia from a new angle.
Invited guest lecturer, Dr. IWABUCHI Koichi, Professor at the Waseda University Faculty of International Research and Education (School of International Liberal Studies), then delivered a presentation on the theme of "Towards De-nationalized Dialogues: Beyond the Global Governance of Culture" in which he highlighted the importance of democracy in the media of the Asia Pacific region and the use of media to share cultures beyond geographical boundaries. APU Founding President and Ritsumeikan University Professor Emeritus, Dr. SAKAMOTO Kazuichi, then delivered a speech under the theme of "Why Asia Pacific Now? - The Significance of the Asia Pacific Age".
Each speech was followed by a Q&A session and an interactive discussion took place. In response to a question regarding nuclear energy in Japan, Dr. SAKAMOTO spoke of how he strongly believes that Japan has the technology and the knowhow to resolve global environmental issues by focusing on the development of new methods of energy production beyond fossil fuel and nuclear power.
Begun in 2003, the Asia Pacific Conference is an annual event held by RCAPS under the concept of "shaping the future of the Asia-Pacific region" – one of APU's fundamental principles.
*RCAPS: The Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (RCAPS) was established in July 1996 with a mission to promote and foster research into the multifaceted developments and challenges that face the Asia Pacific in the 21st Century. In order to share its research findings in the field of Asia Pacific Studies, RCAPS publishes journals and regularly invites lecturers from on and off campus for research seminars.
RCAPS website: http://www.apu.ac.jp/rcaps/
Established in 2010, the IAAPS aims to shape and promote Asia Pacific Studies. The Association also aims to be a centre of excellence that will accumulate and publish the results of research in particular disciplines and on sub-regions of the Asia Pacific.
IAAPS website: http://iaaps2010.com
Dimithri Dveinda Jayagoda (GSAM 2, Sri Lanka)