ALFP 2016 Public Seminar

Seeking Our Commons in Asia:
How Can We Create Visions for the Future?

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The Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP) is a joint program of the International House of Japan and the Japan Foundation that seeks to create a close, personal and professional network of public intellectuals in Asia, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership ability and are deeply rooted in and committed to civil society beyond their respective backgrounds and professional arenas. Since its inception in 1996, the program has brought more than 120 fellows to Japan and contributed to the enhancement of intellectual dialogue and exchange among those who share the same concerns about the future of Asia and the world.

This year, the seven fellows listed below have engaged in dialogue among themselves, as well as with their counterparts in Japan under the theme “Seeking Our Commons in Asia: How Can We Create Visions for the Future?” Through collaborative activities and exchange of opinions, the fellows developed a deeper understanding of Asia and their neighboring countries and sought possibilities of finding or creating common ground on which Asian intellectuals can work together for a sustainable future for the region. In this public seminar, the fellows will share their thoughts on the current situation in their countries and issues they have been working on, such as conditions surrounding Halal food in Japan or a territorial dispute in the South China Sea as seen from the Philippines, along with the ideas they have developed during their two-month stay in Japan.

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 4:00-7:15 pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan (5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku)
Coorganized by the International House of Japan and the Japan Foundation Asia Center

Speakers & Presentation Titles:
● Fujioka Emiko (Japan)
Secretary General, Fukushima Beacon for Global Citizens Network
“In the Aftermath of Fukushima: Searching Diversities and True Harmony in Japanese Society”

● Amran Hossain (Bangladesh)
Faculty Member, Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka
“Lessons from ALFP 2016: Secular Religious Practices and Common Visions in Asia”

● Lee Taeho (Korea)
Chair, Policy Committee, People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD)
“What I Learned from Fukushima: From National Security to People’s Safety”

● Phan Ngoc Diem Han (Vietnam)
Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow Media & Entertainment
“National Branding—Misleading Strategy & Its Consequences”

● Kumar Sundaram (India)
Senior Researcher, Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace
“Citizen Protests in India and Japan: The Commons Are Rising to Expand Democracy”

● Criselda Yabes (Philippines)
Writer / Journalist (Independent)
“Islands and Territories: How Do We Shape Sovereignty?”

● Ayang Utriza Yakin (Indonesia)
Lecturer, State Islamic University of Jakarta (UIN Jakarta) /
Vice-Chairman, Central Board of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) for Mosque Affairs
“Seeking Identity, Contesting Authority: Halal Food and Halal Certificate Issues in Contemporary Japan”

Language: English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
Admission: Free (registration required)
Registration: Registration Form

For further information:
ALFP Secretariat
c/o Program Department
International House of Japan
5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0032 JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-3470-3211 Fax: +81-3470-3170
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