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World Cultural Forum 2010 (8th)


The 8th World Cultural Forum features people from different parts of the world renowned for their artistic and cultural achievements who will participate in discussions and dialogues on the latest situations of and issues concerning various genres of culture with an international perspective under the title of “Cultural Diversity and East Asia”.
The Forum aims at disseminating cultural messages to the world while bringing knowledge of Japanese culture to wider audiences through those discussions and dialogues.
2010(8th) LEAFLET (PDF format, 2.22MB)
Events List

[TOKYO Session] Cultural Diversity in East Asia
Saturday, November 27, 2010 (13:30-17:30)
at Tokyo National Museum Heiseikan Auditorium (13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo)

The Japanese government has recently been actively engaging with East Asia, a region that has special importance for Japan, and for the world as well, but one that, unlike Europe, is home to a diversity of religions and cultures, and societies at different stages of economic development. Against this backdrop, influential cultural figures from Japan, China and Korea will be joined by an expert on ASEAN integration and experts on social and cultural issues from the USA and Europe to review cultural exchange activities between Japan, China and Korea together with the experiences of ASEAN and to engage in a discussion, incorporating American and European viewpoints, of what the needs are and what active measures individual countries, especially Japan, should be taking for further development of cultural exchange in East Asia and for strengthening regional linkages while maintaining cultural diversity, when, since the beginning of the 21st century, the East Asian contemporary cultural zone has continuously been shaped by film, music, fashion and other forms of contemporary culture.

Keynote speech "Japan's Soft Power and the New Growth"
Speaker Surin PITSUWAN Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Keynote speech "Cultural Diversity in East Asia - a Korean perspective"
Speaker Yu In-Chon Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Republic of Korea)

Keynote speech "Formation of the East Asian contemporary cultural zone"
Speaker AOKI Tamotsu (Japan) Special University Professor, Graduate School of Cultural and Creative Studies, Aoyama Gakuin University / Former Commissioner for Cultural Affairs

Panel Discussion
Chair AOKI Tamotsu (Japan) Special University Professor, Graduate School of Cultural and Creative Studies, Aoyama Gakuin University / Former Commissioner for Cultural Affairs
Panelists KONDO Seiichi (Japan) Commissioner for Cultural Affairs
WANG Xiaoqiu (China) Professor, Department of History, Peking University
Yu In-Chon (Republic of Korea) Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Surin PITSUWAN Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Nur YALMAN (Turkey) Professor of Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, emeritus, Senior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University
Hans-Georg SOEFFNER (Germany) Prof. em. Dr., Senior Fellow, President of the German Sociological Association

* Mr. YU In-Chon, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea, will send his message on VTR and the keynote speech will be read by Mr. KANG Ki-Hong, Director of Korean Cultural Center, Korean Embassy in Japan, on his behalf.
* Prof. Hans-Georg SOEFFNER, President of the German Sociological Association, has cancelled his attendance.

* Open to the public. Free of change, advanced reservations required. (Capacity 350 seats.)
* Simultaneous interpretation available between Japanese to English, Chinese, and Korean.

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[NARA Session] Cinema and East Asia
Saturday, December 4, 2010 (13:30-17:00)
at Nara Prefectural New Public Hall Nougaku Hall (101 Kasuganocho, Nara City, Nara)

Thai film director Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or prize with his "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives". A number of Japanese films have also received international acclaim: "Departures", for example, won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and "The Mourning Forest" won the Grand Prix at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Korean and Chinese movies are also gaining popularity around the world. East Asian cinema truly is gaining international recognition. Members of the film industry and influential cultural figures from within and outside the East Asian region will discuss such matters as how we can deepen mutual understanding among the East Asian countries and disseminate East Asian values to other regions; whether it is possible to establish an "East Asian Film Zone" through such efforts as the international co-production of films and the enhancement of personal exchanges between those involved in film making in the region; and how such efforts can contribute to the establishment of an East Asian cultural zone, through the medium of East Asian films, which have recently been highly acclaimed in and beyond the region.

Keynote speech "Asian Cinema and Issues It Faces"
Speaker SATO Tadao (Japan) Film Critic / President, Japan Academy of Moving Images

Panel Discussion
Chair SATO Tadao (Japan) Film Critic / President, Japan Academy of Moving Images
Panelists KAWASE Naomi (Japan) Film Maker
Jia Zhangke (China) Film Director
IM Kwon-taek (Republic of Korea) Film Director
Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL (Thailand) Film Director
Philip CHEAH (Singapore) Film Critic
Tanvir MOKAMMEL (Bangladesh) Film-maker

* Open to the public. Free of change, advanced reservations required. (Capacity 350 seats.)
* Simultaneous interpretation available between Japanese to English, Chinese, and Korean.

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[FUKUOKA Session] Cultural Tourism Potential
Thursday, November 18, 2010 (13:30-17:00)
at Kyushu National Museum Museum Hall (4-7-2 Ishizaka, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka)

Japan has a multitude of cultural resources ranging from traditional culture with a long history through to the culture of our modern times, including manga and anime. These cultural resources are now gaining attention as something with a role to play in the promotion of tourism.
Japan has been visited by a number of tourists from China, Korea and other East Asian countries, for whom visiting locations featured in films and television series is one of the attractions of their trip. As this demonstrates, the nature of cultural resources that can contribute to tourism is diverse.
Against such a background, a discussion will be held among influential figures covering a range of tourism promotion strategies, involving such cultural resources as art galleries, museums, cultural heritage, performing arts, festivals and other traditional cultural events, and modern cultural content including pop culture, as well localities featured in film or TV series. In this way the session will provide an opportunity for considering how culture can be disseminated in ways that contribute to the promotion of tourism.

Keynote speech "Tourism and Culture"
Speaker TANAKA Koji / Former Chairman, The Kyushu Tourism Strategy Committee / Senior Adviser, Kyushu Railway Company

Panel Discussion
Chair MIWA Karoku (Japan) Executive Director, Kyushu National Museum
Panelists TANAKA Koji (Japan) Former Chairman, The Kyushu Tourism Strategy Committee / Senior Adviser, Kyushu Railway Company
TAKATA Tomohito (Japan) Lecturer, Hotel Studies and Tourism Department, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Siam University, Thailand
WANG Jun (China) Director, Art Exhibitions China
YOO Byung-ha (Republic of Korea) Director, Gongju National Museum
James Thomas ULAK (USA) Senior Curator of Japanese Art, Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

* Open to the public. Free of change, advanced reservations required. (Capacity 200 seats.)
* Simultaneous interpretation available between Japanese to English, Chinese, and Korean.

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