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Past World Cultural Forum
2009 (7th)


With this year's focus on “Cultural Diversity – The Power of Culture connects the world,” renowned scholars and artists from Japan and around the world will gather at the World Cultural Forum 2009 to share their viewpoints on array of issues surrounding world culture. Presenting a message of culture to the world at large, this forum will also aim to spread gather awareness of Japanese Culture.
2009(7th) REPORT (PDF format, 23.8MB)

OPENING SESSION (Opening Keynote Speech, Experts' Meeting I , Working Group I & Working Group II)
Friday, November 13, 2009 (13:30-18:30) at Tokyo International Exchange Center, International Conference Hall, Plaza HEISEI (2-79 Aomi, Kotoku, Tokyo)

EXPERTS’ MEETING I 
Acceptance and Assimilation of Culture - The Path Taken by Japan Expo
Speakers Jean-François DUFOUR (France) President, Japan Expo (SEFA Event)
Thomas SIRDEY (France) Vice President, Japan Expo (SEFA Event)

EXPERTS’ MEETING I Media Arts - Assimilation in Contemporary Culture
Media art in Japan, represented by manga and anime, including games, now has a very broad audience. Is it a short-lived boom or a deeper interest in the underlying characteristics of Japanese culture, or even something stemming from cultural diversification? The Opening Session will examine the continuity and discontinuity of media art within Japanese culture, and the leading figures involved in activities introducing contemporary Japanese culture in overseas countries will share with the audience cases of acceptance of Japanese culture and its assimilation into and collisions with the national culture on the basis of examples in their own countries.
Chairperson HAMANO Yasuki (Japan) Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Panelists SUL Gee-Hwan (Republic of Korea) President, Chungnam Culture Industry Agency
Jean-François DUFOUR (France) President, Japan Expo (SEFA Event)
AOKI Tamotsu (Japan) Special University Professor, Graduate School of Cultural and Creative Studies, Aoyama Gakuin University / Former Commissioner for Cultural Affairs
ARAKI Takashi (Japan) Senior Managing Director, Avex Group Holdings Inc.


Working Group I : Manga and Animation
Japanese manga is not only accepted overseas as a form of art, it also has been working worldwide as a factor in bringing into being a new method of expression – “manga.” Animation, while originating overseas, has been transfigured in Japan into an independent form of expression as “anime,” giving birth to a number of works which have in turn been taken up overseas. International experts on manga and animation will introduce the current situation in their countries and discuss what has been emerging from the methodological exchanges across borders.
Chairperson AOKI Tamotsu (Japan) Special University Professor, Graduate School of Cultural and Creative Studies, Aoyama Gakuin University / Former Commissioner for Cultural Affairs
Panelists SUL Gee-Hwan (Republic of Korea) President, Chungnam Culture Industry Agency
Stuart J. LEVY (USA) CEO & Chief Creative Officer, TOKYOPOP Inc.
HOSODA Mamoru (Japan) Animated Film Director

Working Group II : Contemporary Japanese Culture Going Across Borders
The world's leading organizers of events on the theme of contemporary Japanese culture held in different parts of the world will introduce the history and current situation of the events they are involved in from the viewpoint of acceptance of contemporary Japanese culture and its assimilation into the domestic culture.
Chairperson HAMANO Yasuki (Japan) Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Panelists Michael HUANG (Chinese Taipei) Executive Director, 2009 Taiwan Comic Exhibition / Chairman of Council, Chinese Animation & Comic Publishers Association
Jean-François DUFOUR (France) President, Japan Expo (SEFA Event)
Thomas SIRDEY (France) Vice President, Japan Expo (SEFA Event)
ARAKI Takashi (Japan) Senior Managing Director, Avex Group Holdings Inc.

* Open to the public. Free of change, advanced reservations required.
   (Capacity 300 seats.)
* Simultaneous interpretation available in Japanese/English.
* Working Group I & II will be held concurrently.
   WORKING GROUP I Capacity 260 seats (International Conference Hall)
   WORKING GROUP II Capacity 40 seats (Media Hall)




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EXPERTS’ MEETING II The Silk Road and Interaction between the East and West – Reality and Image of Central Asia
Sunday, November 15, 2009 (13:30 - 17:00) at Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Kansha to Kyousei no Yakata) (160 Kasuganocho NaraCity, Nara)

Although Central Asia has strong ties with Japan and is familiar in the context of the ‘Silk Road’, much of the region is poorly understood by the Japanese. With this in the background, local and international researchers working at the front line of studies of Central Asia and the Xiyu region are eager to discuss how the interactions between the East and West, via the Silk Road, have had influence on Japan not only in ancient, middle or modern time frames but through into our own times.
Chairperson YAMAUCHI Masayuki (Japan) Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Science, The University of Tokyo
Panelists Isenbike TOGAN (Turkey) Member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences / Professor of Inner Asian HIstory (retired), Middle East Technical University
WANG Ke (China) Professor, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University
Bakhtiyar BABADJANOV (Uzbekistan) Senior Researcher, Institute of Oriental Studies, Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences
KOMATSU Hisao (Japan) Dean, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo

CHANGE NOTICE: Dr. Stéphane DUDOINGNON, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France, has cancelled his attendance, and participation of Prof. WANG Ke has added.

* Open to the public. Free of change, advanced reservations required.
   (Capacity 300 seats.)
* Simultaneous interpretation available in Japanese/English.

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EXPERTS’ MEETING III Cultural Diversity & Modern Arts - Art in the Age of Globalization
Sunday, November 29, 2009 (13:30 - 17:00) at The National Museum of Arts, Osaka (4-2-55 Nakanoshima, kitaku, Osaka)

Developments in the means of disseminating information, increased opportunities for exchange between artists, the flourishing international exhibition scene – these are among the indications we have that modern art is increasingly spreading beyond national borders. At the same time it is indisputable that many art forms strongly acknowledge local cultural characteristics. This session will consider the state and role of art in this time of multicultural coexistence by examining historical facts and analysing current conditions.
Chairperson TAKASHINA Shuji (Japan) Director, Ohara Museum of Art
Panelists KIM Young-Soon (Republic of Korea) Art Critic / President of Advisory Committee, Arko Art Center, The Arts Council Korea
Pier Luigi TAZZI (Italy) Art Critic / Independent Curator
Françoise LEVAILLANT (France) Director of Researches, National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS)
TATEHATA Akira (Japan) Director, The National Museum of Arts, Osaka

CHANGE NOTICE: Dr. Françoise LEVAILLANT, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France, has cancelled her attendance.

* Open to the public. Free of change, advanced reservations required.
   (Capacity 100 seats.)
* Simultaneous interpretation available in Japanese/English.

We have ended the application.
 
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