15th Asia Pacific Conference (AY2017)



Global Perspectives in Changing Local Landscapes

We are caught in a web of tangled relationships, interactions, forces and influences. Lives are intertwined and interconnected. Local issues become global concerns while global issues shape local realities. The Brexit and the results of the recent presidential election in the US are examples of national events that have far-reaching global ramifications. In much the same way, the unprecedented robust growth and changes happening in the Asia Pacific region are influencing the rest of the world socially, economically and politically. The growing and relentless movements and flows of information, financial, material, human and natural resources from within and outside the region are increasingly gaining world-wide attention. As the region’s economy grows, so its political weight matters and draws serious global concerns. The Asia Pacific’s issues are truly global even as global concerns inevitably impinge on the life of the Asia Pacific region.

The dynamic, complex and interrelated factors and events that transcend national, regional and generational boundaries present opportunities and compelling challenges that need to be explored and understood so as to be responsibly managed with a view toward ensuring a sustainable future for all.

This year’s conference is a venue for sharing knowledge, mobilizing participation, galvanizing commitment, advocating knowledge-based policies and catalyzing actions for inclusive sustainable development, peace and security in the region and beyond. The world’s future is after all the region’s future and is inevitably a shared responsibility.
The Conference welcomes individual papers and invites organizers and conveners for roundtable discussions and panel presentations on relevant topics such as the following:

Panel Themes:
  • Aging Population and Population Movements in the Asia Pacific
  • Disruptive Technologies in a Changing Local Landscape
  • Emerging Markets: Growth and Prospects in the AP Region
  • Urbanization and Globalization
  • Environment and Natural Resources Management
  • Climate Change, Risk and Disaster Preparedness and Management
  • Poverty, Inequality and Food Security
  • Regional Integration and Cooperation
  • Peace, Conflict and Security
  • Institutions and Governance in Changing Local Landscapes
  • Global Education Trends and Challenges
  • Economics and Finance in a Competitive and Changing Business Environment
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • The Asia Pacific in the Era of the SDGs 2030
  • Language, Literature and Humanities in a Changing Asia Pacific
  • Changing Politics and Politics for Change in a Global Society
  • Business for Sustainability
  • Local Community Resilience amidst Climate Change and Globalization
  • Health, Leisure, Media and Entertainment
  • Others

There may be separate sessions for master’s students depending on the contents.

Regarding undergraduate sessions, the chairs will decide who will make oral presentations and who will make poster presentations after screening. For more details, please see here .

What is the Asia Pacific Conference?

The Asia Pacific Conference started in 2003. Every year, presentations and panel sessions by scholars and researchers encompass a wide range of topics. We also invite well-known researchers and prominent individuals to give keynote speeches on cutting-edge research and current development issues in the Asia Pacific region. In the Asia Pacific Conference 2016, about 485 participants came from 20 different countries and regions. The conference is the largest conference held in English in Japan.

Date November 11 (Sat) – 12 (Sun), 2017
Conference Theme Global Perspectives in Changing Local Landscapes
Place Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita, Japan
Language English (some panel sessions will be held in Japanese)
Abstract Submission Deadline Presenter and panel applications have closed.
Registration Fee 10,000 JPY (Student: 5,000 JPY)
The registration fee includes lunch and dinner during the conference.
Audience Admission to the conference is free. Audience members may attend the reception for a fee.

Please click here for information on the 14th Asia Pacific Conference (AY2016).

<Comments from participants in 2016>

MOON Hyoung Koo
Korea University Business School

When I was invited to make a presentation on my research in AP Conference, I did not quite know what to expect. I looked forward to pleasant weather, hot springs and a chance to share my research with other scholars. However, the quality and caliber of the conference far surpassed my expectations. I was deeply surprised and impressed with interdisciplinarity of the 73 sessions and intellectual passion of the almost 500 participants from all over the world. The conference was genuinely global and interdisciplinary in terms of conference themes, covering a wide breadth of the issues and challenges we are facing now. Just to name a few, the research areas that were covered included Liberal Arts, Politics, Economics, Management, and Education. I was proud to be one of the conference participants. I very much appreciate all the hospitality from the people at APU, and intellectual contributions from and discussions with all the participants. It was an immensely fulfilling and intellectually stimulating experience, made all the better by the environment, with its beautiful weather and relaxing hot springs. I was fully impressed by all the aspects of the conference. I very much hope to attend again next year.

ARIDA, Clarissa C.
Programme Development & Implementation
ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

The Asia-Pacific Conference 2016 has served as a significant platform to share knowledge on key development issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Certainly, it is a rewarding experience to hear various regional analysis from experts and academic professionals on a range of topics such as regional cooperation and security, climate change and natural hazards, natural resources and environmental security, among others. The academic representatives from colleges and universities in Asia-Pacific and other sectors made it a dynamic and vibrant conference, providing a range of experiences, good practices, and scientific findings.

It was also rewarding for us at the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity to co-organize a session on ASEAN’s efforts on biodiversity conservation, featuring effective management of the ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs). AHPs are ASEAN’s best protected areas, covering unique and representative ecosystems in the region. The session also provided an opportunity to discuss the importance of ecotourism as a means to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystems functions and to help communities in their livelihoods. The active feedback and comments from the participants and APU students have demonstrated great interests and awareness on biodiversity issues in the region, and to seek solutions to address biodiversity loss and ecosystems degradation.

4th year student,
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Winner of Best Presentation Award in Japanese,
AP Conference 2016 Undergraduate Session.

Our university offers a lot of opportunities for human resource development, which is rare in Japan. I have enjoyed this exquisite "hot bath" many times. However, somehow I started to feel unsatisfied somewhere in my heart. When I noticed there were cobwebs in my head that I could not properly convey in language, I could no longer be satisfied with just immersing myself in an already drawn hot bath. This led me to the path of taking seminar classes. I did not want to just learn the same way as people consume services, without thinking much. Rather, I wanted to learn independently and autonomously. My field work at Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, was very difficult, and it was extremely challenging to turn it into research. Even so, although with only my undergraduate student research results, I was able to make a presentation in the AP Conference, a formal conference. I am very thankful for this opportunity. I heard that many juniors came to see our session. I hope that through this type of opportunity APU students’ learning continues to deepen. Thank you very much.



Professor MIZUTANI Akira
Former Ambassador to the Republic of Mozambique

Speech Title
Globalization and localization in the view of history and human emotions

Although many of us realize that the flows of globalization are pervasive, we often do not speak of this in clearly defined terms. At the same time, human beings fear the unknown, and in particular an unknown future. As a result of this, we frequently experience reactions against these flows and the phenomena arising from them. Such reactions are sometimes referred to as protectionism or provincialism. But is it necessary to draw an either/or distinction between the global and the local? In this speech, I will suggest that we must put these points in order and that reflecting on history is one aspect of this process.


*Presenter and panel applications have closed.


Admission to the conference is free. To attend the conference as part of the audience, please register from the link below.
If you would like to attend the reception dinner on Saturday, November 11th, please register in advance and pay the reception fee on the day of the reception.

Admission: Free
Reception (Dinner): 3,000 yen/person

Audience Registration


Time Table(final)






Regional/Local Train Stations

From JR Kamegawa Station

Take any Oita Kotsu Bus bound for APU to the last stop, “Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University” (about 15 minutes).

From JR Beppu Station

From the East Exit: Take any Oita Kotsu Bus bound for APU to the last stop, “Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University”
(about 35 minutes).
From the West Exit: Take any Kamenoi Bus bound for APU to the last stop, “Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University”
(about 35 minutes).

From JR Hakata Station (Fukuoka City)

Go to the Hakata Bus Terminal located next to JR Hakata Station. Take any Toyonokuni Highway Bus bound for Beppu to the “Beppuwan Service Area/APU” bus stop (about 140 minutes). Walk down the staircase behind the service area to campus.

Regional Airports
From Oita Airport

Take any Airport "Airliner" Limousine Bus bound for Beppu to the “Kamegawa (Furuichi)” bus stop (about 30 minutes). Then walk to the bus stop “Furuichi” on the opposite side of the road, and transfer to any Oita Kotsu Bus bound for APU. Get off at the last stop, “Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University” (about 15 minutes).
●Countries with Direct International Flights to/from Oita Airport: South Korea

From Fukuoka Airport – International Terminal

Take any Toyonokuni Highway Bus bound for Beppu to the “Beppuwan Service Area/APU” bus stop (about 100 minutes). Walk down the staircase behind the service area to campus. Note: If you arrive at the domestic terminal, take the free shuttle bus to the international terminal first to use this bus.
●Countries with Direct International Flights to/from Fukuoka Airport: Thailand, China, USA (Hawaii), Viet Nam, Malaysia,
Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Guam

More detail information is below;


Beppu is one of the famous sightseeing spots of Japan. There are many hotels in Beppu city. All participants need to book accommodation by themselves. Autumn is a high season for tourism. We recommend you book your accommodation as soon as possible. We hope that this information helps you in booking accommodation.

URL: http://www.n-inn.jp/hotels/beppu/
Newly renovated. Very clean and modern. Located right in front of the airport bus stops for Fukuoka / Oita Airports. Restaurants, bars, convenience stores, department stores, local markets, and the Beppu train station within 10-minute walking distance. Starbucks just on the opposite side of the street. Local travel agency in the lobby. Free public bath available inside the hotel for guests.
It takes 25 to 30 minutes by taxi from this hotel to the APU campus, the conference venue (taxi fare is nearly ¥3,000 one way). Local bus runs to APU every 15 minutes from the opposite side of the hotel (bus fare is ¥560 one way), taking 35 minutes. This is a fantastic business hotel with a low price, but small and without a gym, souvenir shops, etc.

URL: http://www.hotel-aile.jp/en/index.html
All the rooms face south. It is a business hotel but they have an open-air hot spring bath on the 11th floor and the rooms are clean and fashionable. Located very close to the bus stops for Fukuoka / Oita Airports and for APU.

URL: http://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Oita_Prefecture-Beppu_Beppu_Ekimae_Hotel_Arthur/674/
Conveniently located in the middle of the Beppu downtown area. 5-10 minute walk from Beppu Station or the bus stops for Fukuoka / Oita Airports and for APU. They have two free hot springs and a sauna.

URL: http://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/info/9401/
Located in front of Beppu Station. If you are coming to Beppu by train, its location is the best. Buses for APU start from Beppu Station. However, it is a little far from the airport bus stops. 10-minute walk from the airport bus stops for Fukuoka / Oita Airports.

URL: http://www.kamenoi.com/
Big hotel with restaurants and souvenir shops in the lobby. There is a 24-hour convenience store across from the hotel. Less than 10-minute walk from the Beppu train station. Restaurants, bars, convenience stores, department stores, and a local market are within 10 to 15 minute walking distance. Free public bath available inside the hotel for guests. It takes 25 to 30 minutes by taxi from this hotel to the APU campus, the conference venue (taxi fare is nearly ¥3,000 one way). Local bus runs to APU every 15 minutes (bus fare is ¥560 one way), taking 35 minutes. The bus stop to APU is in front of the Beppu train station. This is a comfortable leisure hotel in the center of the city with a low price. But you will need to walk 10 to 15 minutes from the airport bus stop, where Hotel #1 (Nishitetsu Hotel) is located.

URL: http://www.suginoi-hotel.com/english
This is the best and biggest hotel in Beppu City. Located in the hillside with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the whole city. This is a full-scale resort hotel with every amenity. Huge outdoor spa bath (with great view) provided for all guests free of charge. But it is located a little bit far away from the main area of Beppu City. There are no restaurants, shops, or anything else nearby. It takes 10 minutes by taxi from this hotel to central Beppu (taxi fare around ¥1,200 one way) and 20 minutes to APU campus (taxi fare is ¥2,500 one way). A free shuttle bus runs every 30 minutes connecting to Beppu Station.

URL: http://www.daiwaresort.jp/beppu/
Fantastic location right next to the Pacific Ocean. This is a full-scale resort style hotel with 300-seat banquet hall, wedding facilities, and huge souvenir shops.
But it is located far from the main area of Beppu City. There are no restaurants, shops, or anything else nearby. It takes 30 minutes by taxi from this hotel to central Beppu City (taxi fare ¥3,000 one way) and 15 minutes to APU campus (taxi fare is ¥2,300 one way). A free shuttle bus connects to Beppu Station (four buses each day).

URL: http://sin-an.com/
Opened in 2016. New free-style ryokan (ryokan generally include breakfast and dinner) that allows guests to buy and bring meals and drinks from outside. They have rooms with hot springs. 2-minute walk from the bus stop ‘Fujimi san chome’, served by Oita buses running to APU.

◇Budget Accommodations

URL: http://beppu-e.cloud-line.com/
5 minute walk to Beppu Station.

URL: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7118297?locale=en
5-10 minute walk from Beppu Station.

3. International Hostel Cabosu House Beppu Original
URL: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/International-Hostel-Cabosu-House-Beppu-Original/Beppu-Spa-City-Oita/264052
5-10 minute walk from Beppu Station.

4. Guest House ROJIURA
URL: http://www.gh-rojiura.com/en/index.html
2-minute walk from Beppu Station

5. Gloria Capsule Hotel
URL: http://www.gloria-g.com/gpalace/capsule/index.html
5-minute walk from Beppu Station. They have hot spring facilities.

6. Guest House Matsukiso
URL: http://matsukiso.com/en/
10-minute walk from Beppu Station. They have hot spring facilities.

◇Hotel Search Engines in English

1. Rakuten Travel
URL: http://travel.rakuten.com/

2. Agoda
URL: http://www.agoda.com/

3. Expedia
URL: https://www.expedia.co.jp/

4. Booking.com
URL: http://www.booking.com/

5. Hotels.com
URL: https://au.hotels.com/

※On-campus accommodations are not available.


  • The contents above are subject to change. We will update the information on this website as needed.
  • Insurance: APU and RCAPS will not be responsible for personal accidents or damage to the private property of participants. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements for personal insurance.


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