12th Asia Pacific Conference (AY2014)


* This year’s AP Conference was held concurrently with the 15th Asia Bioethics Conference (ABC15). Please see their website for more information.

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"Ethics, Human Security and Sustainability: Knowledge and Practices in Asia Pacific"

Date November 1 (Sat) – November 3 (Mon), 2014
Conference Theme Ethics, Human Security and Sustainability: Knowledge and Practices in Asia Pacific
Place Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita, Japan


Human security and sustainability are pressing concerns in the Asia Pacific Region in the light of the threats of climate change, pressures from globalization, persistent poverty, environmental degradation, natural risks and disasters, internal conflicts, population dynamics, economic uncertainties and political tensions. Addressing human security and sustainability inevitably involves some ethical questions involving justice, equity, and the value of life, culture, and environment. Without human security, sustainability is not possible. Without addressing ethical questions, choices made for human security or sustainability lack legitimacy. Only by including ethical considerations can we generate a complete understanding of the theories and practices that govern sustainability and human security.

How are communities and nations responding to the various forces and threats to human security and sustainability? What knowledge and experiences exist to guide policy-makers and development advocates in advancing the goals of human security and sustainability in the Region? What is the role of ethics in promoting human security and sustainability? How can ethics be employed to advance human security and sustainability?

Human Security Themes Sustainability Themes Themes on Ethics
  • Economic Security
  • Food Security
  • Agriculture Security
  • Health Security
  • Environmental Security
  • Personal and Community Security
  • Political Security
  • IT Security
  • Energy Security
  • Urban sustainability
  • Island Resilience and Sustainability
  • Business Sustainability
  • Resource Sustainability
  • Bioethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Ethics of Climate Change
  • Business Ethics
  • Ethics in Governance
  • Ethics and Diplomacy
  • Ethics in Education,
  • Ethics in Media

Interrelations between ethics, human security, and/or sustainability involving any of the above mentioned themes.



ABC Keynote Speakers
"Bioethics Beyond Borders: Responding to Challenges of a Globalized World"

Prof. Aamir Jafarey
ABA President, CBEC, SUIT, Karachi, Pakistan

"Fukushima nuclear accident and the Post-Fukushima energy issues"

Hitoshi Mizuta
Executive Officer, Nuclear Fuel, Nuclear Division, Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., Japan

"Leading Edge of HAL: Fusion of Human, Robot and Information Systems"

Prof. Yoshiyuki Sankai
Director, Center for Cybernics
Research, University of Tsukuba / CEO CYBERDYNE, Japan

APC Keynote Speaker
"On Institutional Luck Egalitarianism"

Prof. Akira Inoue
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Japan





Name Presentation Title
Panel Sessions 1 Nov.1st 10:45~ @FII 220 Chair : Prof. Y. J . Kim
Jae-Woo LEE (Pusan National University)
with Li Li Zhang
Did the “FDI-led” Growth Happen to Regional China?- A Panel Data Evidence
Iltae KIM (Chonnam National University)
with Suyeol RYU, Soo-Jong KIM
Demand for financial assets with changes in risk under risk aversion
Chonggung KIM (Daegu Haany University) An analysis of the welfare effects of sectoral net exports in Korea
Sangho KIM (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU)
with Hyunjoon LIM,Sarkar Humayun Kabir
Factor detreminants of total factor productivity growth for OECD countries
Panel Session 2 Nov.1st 10:45~ @FII 221 Chair : Prof. Mani
Abdul Tamim (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU) The success and challenges of Indonesia’s democratic system in the 21st century
Adiba Muminova (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU) Balancing global economic competence against the support of citizens in Singapore
Korrakoon SILAPHET (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU) The outcomes of economic planning in Lao PDR
Farid Ahmad Farzam Rahimi (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU) The impact of the withdrawal of international forces on investment in Herat, Afghanistan
Panel Session 3
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Panel Session 4 Nov.1st 15:15~ @FII 220 Chair : Prof. G. Kim
Dan ZHAO (Pusan National University)
with Sang Mok Kang
Efficiency analysis on the water shortage in Beijing and Tianjin Tang industrial zones in China
Hong Ye SUN (Pusan National University)
with GiSeung Kim
The impact of ICT industry development on adjustment to a low carbon economic structure in China
Hyun-Jin JO (Pusan National University)
with GiSeung Kim
Use of survival analysis to study employment instability in Korea
Panel Session 5 Nov.1st 15:15~ @FII 221 Chair : Prof. Mani
Naing Tun Aung (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU) Overcoming ethnic conflicts by the election process in Myanmar
Alim Boronov (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU) Overcoming inequality among the ethnic groups in Malaysia
A. Mani (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU) Cross-cultural interactions and adaptations by Tamils in the multi-ethnic city of Yangon in Myanmar
Diah Tyahaya Iman (Andalas University) The significance of village associations in maintaining matrilineal roles among Minangkabau female migrants in Jakarta
YU, Teng-Huang (Takming University of Science and Technology) Correlation between cultural and social identity among Vietnamese spouses living in Taiwan
Panel Session 6 Nov.1st 15:15~ @FII 222 Chair : Prof. Fellizar
Abhik Chakraborty (Izu Peninsula Geopark) A critical viewpoint of environmental sustainability in island systems
Shamik Chakraborty The political ecology of landscape management in Kuma River, Kyushu Island, Japan
Erosion vs. failure of adaptive resource management in Himeshima Island, Oita, Japan
Reggy Capacio Figer (Nagoya University of Commerce and Business) Online homes and support for the wired Pinoy in Japan
Panel Session 7 Nov 2nd 9:00~@FII 220 Chair : Prof. Lee
Huong T. Bui (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
with Tuan-Anh Le
Is the UNESCO inscription positive to Ha Long Bay? A question from visitor management perspective
Say Dietermar (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU) Bilateral tourism between Taiwan and China
Rama Krishna Reddy Kummitha (United Nations University) Design thinking and sustainable development: the role of social entrepreneurs in promoting alternative social realities
Natsuko Komaki (Keio University) Analysis of Current Issues of Suicide Prevention Activities by the citizens in Japan
Yasuo Uchida (Doshisha University) ‘Health tourism’ or ‘medical examination and treatment abroad’; a study of the phenomenon from economic angles
Panel Session 8 Nov.2nd 9:00~ @FII 221 Chair : Prof. Mani
Seetha Lakshmi (Nanyang Technological University) Teacher talk in early primary Tamil classes
Larry Kimber (Fukuoka University) Uncovering attitudes toward bilingualism/multilingualism at an international university in Japan
Vanithamani Saravanan (Nanyang Technological University) A revaluation of the economisation of society and how an epistemological and reflexive approach can sustain a humanistic framework
Panel Session 9 Nov.2nd 9:00~@FII 222 Chairs : Prof. Haidar and Prof.Otsuka
JAYASINGHE, N.C.( Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU) Employees’ perception of female leadership effectiveness in the service sector in Sri Lanka
Qing Hu (Kobe University) Consumers’ preference for bundling of a multiproduct monopoly to foreclose the competitive market
Rabson Kachala (Ministry of Health, Malawi)
with Chimwemwe Mvula,Grace Banda,Takondwa Mwase
Innovative solutions to integrate monitoring of the health services in Malawi
Naveen Kolloju (Jawaharlal Nehru University) Poverty alleviation through women's entrepreneurial activities in rural andhra pradesh, India
Panel Session 9 Nov.2nd 9:00~@FII 222 Chairs : Prof. Haidar and Prof.Otsuka
Shantanu Kumar Saha (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU) An alternative view of the ‘trap’ of poverty in rural Bangladesh
Thi Huong Tang (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU) Consumer characteristics affecting consumer preference between online travel agencies (OTA) and airline websites
Yukihiko NAKATA (Ritumeikan Asia Pasific University -APU) The use of feed in tariff(FiT) policy to promote renewable energy use in Oita prefecture, Japan
Panel Session 10 Nov.2nd 9:00~ @FII 226 Chairs: Prof. Suzuki and Prof. Barai
Yasushi Suzuki (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU)
with Munim K. Barai,Rabi Narayan Kar
India-Japan perception gap on the Mottainai ethics
Yasushi Suzuki (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU)
with MD. Dulal Miah
A theory of ‘justice seeking’ analyzed through the rent seeking approach
Yasushi Suzuki (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU)
with Munim K. Barai,Rabi Narayan Kar
Simonian perspectives on Islamic altruism
Vijay Kumar Kaul (University of Delhi) Creation of shared values by Indian enterprises
Rabi Narayan Kar (Shaheed Bhagat Singh College,Delhi University)
with Munim K. Barai,Yasushi Suzuki
Innovative and sustainable micro enterprises of hinterland India
Niti Bhasin (University of Delhi)
with Rabi Narayan Kar,Neha Arora
Recent developments in Environment Disclosure Practices of Companies in India
Anil Kumar Swain (Utkal University) Live and let others live with dignity: the imperatives for environmental ethics
Arindam Banik (Indian Management Institute)
with Munim Kumar Barai
Development of a model for the North-South intellectual property rights conflict in the pharmaceutical industry
Kshiti Bhusan Das (Utkal University) The entry and survival strategies of multinational enterprises in emerging economies
Sarkar Humayun Kabir (Taylor’s University) Ethical investment instruments for financial sustainability
Munim Kumar Barai (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU)
with Bidyut Baran Saha
Energizing development: towards energy sustainability in Japan
Naveen C. Amblee (Indian Institute of Management) Replicative innovation versus ‘jugaad’ innovation: the way forward for India
Panel Session 11 Nov.2nd 10:30~ @FII 221 Chair : Prof. Yoshimatsu
Olga Y.Adams (National Taiwan University) Taiwan's Control Yuan as a participant in anti-corruption and integrity-building initiative
Rakhmat Syarip (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU) A comparative study on the international trade policies of Indonesia and Malaysia in response to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Yanqing Jiang (Shanghai International Studies University) Structural change, resource sustainability and the environment: China’s development and its impact on the Asia-Pacific Region
Panel Session 12 Nov.2nd 11:45~ @FII 220 Chairs : Prof. Pishva and Prof. Nishantha
Nishantha Giguruwa (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU)
with Monte Cassim
A global human-computer multi services platform for promoting rural business innovation
Le Quang Thai (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU)
with Davar Pishva
A programming approach to Optimize Convenience Stores’ Distribution with Web Scraping and Google API Service
Panel Session 13 Nov.2nd 13:50~ @FII 220 Chairs : Prof. Qian and Prof. Arii
Opening Speech by Dr.Tomoyuki Chikamoto (Ritsumeikan University) Tricea as place showroom,experiment space,and environment education;
practice of environmental consideration technology
Jia Niu (Ritsumeikan University)
with Ken'ichi Nakagami, Katsuki Takao, Norio Obata,Takahiro Ota,
TakuroUehara,Taisuke Yoshioka, Xiaochen Chen
Development of a methodology for sustainable coastal zone management
Myonghyang Lee (Ritsumeikan University) The effect of thermal storage radiation of an air-conditioning system using underground heat and direct solar heat on a concrete slab Based on a concrete slab using underground heat and direct solar heat
Toshiyuki SHIMIZU (Ritsumeikan University)
with Jun Nakajima
Use of rainwater and reclaimed water in university campuses
Tao Wang (Ritsumeikan University)
with Ye Yue,Jun Zhou,Seiji Hashimoto
Material flow analysis and environmental impact assessment of high-speed rail in China
Xiaochen Chen (Ritsumeikan University)
with Ken'ichi Nakagami, Jia Niu,Xuepeng Qian,Jun Nakajima,Jianhua Li,Ji Han
Management of wetlands for urban sustainability in Chongming Island, China
Naoki Yoshikawa (Ritsumeikan University)
with Iori Mishima,Koji Amano
Development of a life cycle methodology for environmental impact assessment of sewage systems
Takahiro Ota (Ritsumeikan University)
with Park Jung-Hwan,Jason Wolfe,Monte Cassim
Potential contributions of the TerraGreen Network (TGN) project to environmental education
Singh Rajeev Kumar (Tsukuba University) Potential benefits of introducing integrated solid waste management in Kathmandu City: a case study
Panel Session 14 Nov.2nd 13:50~ @FII 221 Chair : Prof. Fellizar
Munehiko Asamizu (Yamaguchi University)
with Shamik Chakraborty
Rural experience for urban students visiting Suo Oshima, Japan
You Iwamoto (Oki Dozen High School Miryokuka Project,Nakanoshima Town Hall)
with Joseph Quarshie
Improving the quality of high school education in rural Japan: the case of Oki Dozen High School Miryokuka Project
Joseph Quarshie (Nakanoshima Town Hall,Shimane Prefectural Government)
with Tomoko Nanka
Role of libraries in glocal education at Nakanoshima, Shimane, Japan
Francis Mark Dioscoro R. Fellizar (University of the Philippines Los Banos) The impact of a local university on its immediate community in the province of Laguna, Philippines
Maxwell C. Caughron (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU) The curious case of island energy security: a case study in Marinduque, Philippines
Francisco P. Fellizar,Jr.(Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University-APU) Climate change and island water governance: adaptation, challenges and options
Panel Session 15 Nov.2nd 13:50~ @FII 222 Chair : Prof. Otsuka
Ali Haidar (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University -APU)
with Keri Spooner
Public service values: a study of the experiences and preferences of NSW Australia local government councilors
Ahmed Khalid Yousuf (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University- APU) Economic growth and human development in Ethiopia
Panel Session 16 Nov.2nd 15:00~ @FII 222 Chair : Prof. Takashiba
Shyamu Thapa Magar (Tribhuvan University) Ethnic politics as a right claiming trajectory from de facto movement to de jure representation in Nepal
Chan Chi Ming Victor (Hang Seng Management College) China’s security priorities under Xi Jinping leading to a political deadlock in the democratization process in Hong Kong
Banwo Adetoro Olaniyi (University of Lagos, Akoka-Lagos) The conceptualization of government policy/stratagem for political sustainability in China


  • After accepted, successful applicants must submit a 3 page summary of the paper for the conference proceedings.
  • After the conference, presenters can submit their full papers to the Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (RJAPS) if they like.
  • The contents above are subject to change. We will update the information in this website as needed.
  • Please direct any enquiries about ABC to the ABC Secretariat.
  • 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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