December, 2015

Dec 21, 2015

On November 18 (Wed.), 2015, RCAPS welcomed Professor Morihiko Kinjo (Faculty of Tourism Sciences and Industrial Management, University of the Ryukyus) to deliver an RCAPS seminar entitled, "Issues on Tourism Macro Statistics.”

[Report by APM Professor Mariner Wang]

In his 70 minute seminar, Professor Morihiko Kinjo (Faculty of Tourism Sciences and Industrial Management, University of the Ryukyus) talked about ①the current situation and challenges of tourism on Okinawa, ②challenges and policies for tourism on Okinawa, ③the Okinawa General Bureau’s efforts to promote tourism, ④whether or not the economic effect of tourism is overestimated by the input-output model? ⑤whether or not TSA (Tourism Satellite Account) is useless.
Professor Kinjo first explained, using graphs, the current situation and challenges of tourism on Okinawa; then showed the transition in the number of inbound tourists and revenues from tourism, the average duration of stay, and the average amount consumed by per tourist; and concluded by discussing the future and challenges of tourism on Okinawa (how to extend duration of stay, expand foreign tourists, and increase amount consumed per tourist), using statistical data and graphs.
Specifically, he discussed efforts for achieving longer duration of stay and increasing the amount consumed by tourists, measures for including Okinawan culture in tour menus, infrastructure building to mitigate traffic congestion for smooth transportation, economic effects from tourism on Okinawa, and international standards of how to measure the economic impact from tourism.
In the Q&A session, there were many questions from the floor. 30 minutes was allocated for the Q&A session but it was extended by 10 more minutes and the seminar finished at 17:10.
The seminar was a substantial one. It was surely very informative for the attendees.

Professor Morihiko KINJO

Dec 18, 2015 On Wednessday, December 9, 2015, RCAPS welcomed Professor Shin Kwang-Yeong(Department of
Sociology, Chung-Ang University) to deliver an RCAPS seminar entitled, "Multiple Social
Crises in South Korea: A Sociological Analysis". The seminar was held in English.

[Report by APS Professor Shinji Kojima]

Using tables and other visual representations, Professor Shin gave a talk on the rising
socio-economic issues in contemporary South Korea. He began by elaborating on the 1997
financial crisis and the ensuing neoliberal reforms undertaken by the Korean government.
One of the most significant consequences to the Korean society was the casualization of
work, with increasing number of workers employed under insecure, precarious
arrangements. Given the low level of social expenditure, more men and women of the
working age are suffering from unstable employment and of poverty. In conjunction with the
casualization of work, Professor Shin identified three crises the society is facing:
rapid aging, high suicide rate, and the dissolution of family as observed in the recent
rise of divorce rate. These phenomena have simultaneously led to the construction of an
unequal society. The Q&A session was a lively one. The audience raised questions that
compared their own country’s situation with the Korean case. Some students from Korea
were concerned with educational inequality, while others questioned the nature of inequality
from the standpoint of gender/women.

Dec 17, 2015

The "Asia-Pacific Conference 2015" hosted by the Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (RCAPS) was held from November 7 (Sat.) - 8 (Sun.), 2015.

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