13th Asia Pacific Conference (AY2015)



"Societal Transformation in Asia Pacific: Charting the Waves of Change"

Date November 7 (Sat) – 8 (Sun), 2015
Conference Theme Societal Transformation in Asia Pacific: Charting the Waves of Change
Place Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita, Japan


Strong and relentless waves of change are sweeping the Asia Pacific region. Global forces and external influences coupled with internal constraints, conflicts and pressures constantly buffet communities, governments, corporations and civil societies that enormously test their capacities and resources to cope, adapt and grow amidst these complex and interacting factors and events. Globalization and threats of climate change, for instance, present challenges of unprecedented magnitude to the region, already beset with myriad issues such as poverty, inequality, political unrest, strained political relations, growing and aging populations, resource and environmental degradation, increasing affluence and consumption, impacts of emerging markets, urbanization and rising societal expectations for improved quality of life.

Communities and countries in the Asia Pacific Region desire and aspire for security, peace, prosperity and sustainability. The journey is daunting as it is fraught with uncertainty, turbulence and complexities. Understanding and exploring issues, factors, and strategies to successfully navigate through the rough and unpredictable waves of change are urgent. These offer opportunities for collaboration and sustained partnerships among concerned scholars, scientists, practitioners, policy-makers, professionals, individuals and groups.

This Conference is timely and relevant. Knowledge, perspectives and experiences are shared; practices are adopted and strategies are explored; and commitments are forged towards vibrant, productive, harmonious and resilient societies of the Asia Pacific region.

We share in the future of the Asia Pacific region. A shared future is necessarily a shared responsibility. Together, we can chart the waves of change.



APC Keynote Speaker

Speech Title: Holistic Transformation: Key to Ecosystem Resiliency in a Changing World

Former Chancellor, University of the Philippines Los Baños
Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2007, with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former US Vice President Al Gore

Special Talk
Speech Title: The Changing Asia Pacific Era and the New Challenges for Asia Pacific Studies

Prof. Kazuichi Sakamoto
Founding President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
Founder, Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (RCAPS)
Founder, International Association for Asia Pacific Studies (IAAPS)
Professor Emeritus, Ritsumeikan University


Best Papers

Xiaolong Zou
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Paper Title: Recapitulating Smart City Concepts: A New Framework for Smart City and its Assessment in Japan

Benjamina Paula Gonzalez-Flor
University of the Philippines Los Baños
Paper Title: Exploring the Potentials of Community Media for Climate Change Resilience through Social Transformation towards the New Normal in the Asia Pacific Region

N.C. Jayasinghe
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Paper Title: Employee’s Perception of Female Leadership Effectiveness in the Service Sector in Japan: Case Study In “Sayco” Group

Undergraduate Best Presentations

Aishwarya Kansakar and Arshad Azad
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Paper Title: Job Performance vs Lifetime Employment in Japan

Jenefa Mei Narido
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
Paper Title: Customer Preference and Awareness towards Purchasing Services offered in Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Zarin Tasnim
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Paper Title: The Socioeconomic Impact of Arsenic Contaminated Groundwater in Rural Bangladesh




  • 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.
  • 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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