ICAC KOBE 2015 Keynote


Keynote Symposium


-Turning the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
into Brighter Futures for People and Fellow Animals -
What kind of everyday life should we protect?

Date: Sun. 19th July 10:30~13:30
Venue: Convention Hall
Purpose: 20 years have passed since the devastating Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. We have all learned the value and significance of being able to get through “a normal everyday life”. But what is “a normal everyday life?” Society now faces the numerous challenges caused by aging, people remaining single, the birth rate falling, globalization, and so on. Although information and social connections have become diversified, more efficient, and speedier due to IT advancement, the reality is more people feel lonely and isolated from society and are too stressed out. Don’t we feel the need to find a way out of this and discover what we really need to spend our normal everyday lives on? Now is the time to think about and extensively discuss what our way of living should look like considering we humans are also animals and a part of nature. We wish to lay down a foundation for the happy future of all humans and other animals in this 20th year from the earthquake. That is our contribution to – a nd our hope for – this 20th year since the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.


Chair: Ryuichi IDA (Professor emeritous, Kyoto University/Distiguished Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University/Director, Research Centre for Bioethics Governance, Doshisha University/Vice Director, International Institute for Advanced Studies (public corp.))

1. A Quest for a New Form of “Public” among Human Beings, Animals, and Nature
Katsuhiro KOHARA, Th.D. (Professor of Systematic Theology, School of Theology, Doshisha University/Director of the Center for Study of Conscience)

2. “Neural correlates of family love”
Kazuyuki Shinohara, M.D., Ph.D. (Professor, Department of Neurobiology & Behavior, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences)

3. “Learning from the ever-changing flexibility of life”
Motoko MORIMOTO (Professor, Miyagi Univerisity School of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Department of Farm Management/ a member of Japan Veterinary Medical Association, Committee on Animal Welfare/Vice President of Miyagi Prefecture Animal Welfare Council/DVM, PhD)



Photo below: ICAC 2014 Keynote Speech by Hiroshi KIDA, “Ecology of Influenza viruses, for the control of avian influenza and preparedness for pandemic influenza”

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