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Japan-China International Conference: “Considerations on Atmospheric Pollution and Health Problems — Aiming to construct an East Asian Sphere of Health and Life”

2014-10-24 (Fri) 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Beginning with global warming, resource depletion, and the loss of ecological diversity, the world is confronting numerous environmental problems, atmospheric pollution, soil pollution, desertification, and the degradation of water quality and our living environment by garbage. While there are environmental problems that are limited to an area, most such problems become globalized, extending their effects beyond an area. In the case of 21st century environmental pollution, the defining characteristic is global environmental risk.

However, in the face of increasing global environmental problems and major obstacles to implementing a research system for solving environmental problems, it cannot be said that the best use is being made of research results or humanity's wisdom in order to solve such pollution. Despite the environmental problems of East Asia being the most severe [in the world], because of differences in systems of government, political ideologies, as well as differences in research structures and level of research, it can only be said that these differences have caused severe stagnation regarding solutions. For example in the case of yellow sand and atmospheric pollution, despite the fact that quite a long time has passed since discussions on such problems first started, in actuality the problems have only become more complicated and serious. As has already been pointed out, there are political ideological differences in East Asia, no research network spans the area, and a framework offering a new complete overview based on research is lacking. That said, regardless of which country we live in, what type of life we lead, and what research we conduct, availability of life and health is not merely the most basic human right, it's the most important guideline in construction of a community's shared foundation.

Things such as East Asian PM 2.5 atmospheric pollution, despite crossing borders and attracting a lot of attention, the situation and what is being done now regarding it or, in the most severe case, the situation regarding damage to health in Beijing, is almost completely unknown. In this symposium we look forward to vigorous discussion, making use of adequate information and data and to specific steps that can be taken, between Chinese researchers, active on the front lines, who for many years have conducted research analyzing the damage to health in Beijing and Osaka University researchers in the arts and sciences as both gather together in a single location, spanning borders and their fields of specialization.

Translation services between Japanese and Chinese are available.

Symposium -- 13:00-18:00

Moderator: SI Qinfu, Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University
Lecturers and lecture titles

  • "Air Pollution and Health Damage in Beijing," Deng Furong, Professor, School of Public Health, Peking University
  • "Historical changes in air pollution problems and current situation and challenges of the Clean Air Asia Initiative -- focusing on PM 2.5 Issue in Japan and China and international cooperation," FUJITA Hiroshi, Assistant Director, Ground Water and Ground Environment Division, Environment Management Bureau, Ministry of the Environment
  • "Considering environmental countermeasures for future China by establishing legal systems," Wang Xiaolong, Associate Professor, Collage of Humanities and Development, China Agricultural University
  • "Discussion about legal responses to air pollution in Japan -- from Yokkaichi asthma to PM 2.5," MATSUMOTO Mitsuo, Associate Professor, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University 
  • TOYODA Michisato, Professor, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University
  • UWASU Michinori,  Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Center for Environmental Innovation Design for Sustainability, Osaka University
  • TAGUCHI Kojjiro, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University

Poster presentations -- 9:00-11:00, Posters will be removed at 18:00

Moderator: SI Qinfu, Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University


  • "The current situation of artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) in the world and practical research for eliminating mercury," ANESAKI Masaharu, Graduate School of Human Sciences、YAMAMOTO Takaiku, Graduate School of Engineering, MIYOSHI Emako, Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • "Characteristics of persons with mental disease screened by chaotic pulse wave analysis and the possibilities of its application to emotional problems in China," MIYOSHI Emako, Graduate School of Human Sciences, HU Yuyu, Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • "The current situation of marine resources in Zhoushan Islands new offshore area and the protection and recovery of marine ecology -- analysis of fishermen's recognition and opinions about current systems and ecology," HU Yuyu, Graduate School of Human Sciences, MIYOSHI Emako, Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • "Air pollution report from Ulan Bator, Mongolia," KISHIMOTO Sayaka, Graduate School of Engineering, MANIWA Taisuke, Graduate School of Engineering
  • "Collapsing living space and community of the Druze in the Golan Heights -- people living on the border," KAWATUCHI Naho, Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • "The process of developing health concept through social media in Beijing, China," KUSAKABE Ryusuke, Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan in China
  • "Towards the achievement of regional development through the development of new energy -- a discussion based on the example of Miyakojima, Okinawa," MATSUMURA Yuko, Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • "Structuring the haze problems in Indonesia," KAWAHARA Kenta and other 5 students, Graduate School of Engineering
  • "Exploring mysterious PM 2.5 air pollution -- challenge for advanced mass spectrometric technique," FURUTANI Hiroshi, Graduate School of Science, KIMOTO Takashi, Kimoto Electric Col, Ltd., TOYODA Michisato, Graduate School of Science
  • "Analysis of the compensation for nuclear damages system -- a discussion from a classical liberalism viewpoint," SAKUWA Ryo, Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • "What is a value shared by life? -- based on the Ruskin's intrinsic Value theory," KITTAKA Horuto, Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • "Assay evaluation of the fieldwork of air quality improvement in Lanzhou, China," PAN Yu Lin, Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • "Water crisis of the Zayandeh-Rud River in Iran and people's lives," NISHIKAWA Yuka, Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • "The current situation of water pollution and challenges in Hangzhou, China," GAO Yue, Osaka School of International Public Policy 
Date: 2014-10-24 (Fri) 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Organizer: 21st century problems and China, Future Research Initiative Group Project Support
Venue: Assembly Hall, Osaka University Hall
Registration: Not necessary.
Contact: Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University

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