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Osaka University Future Talks #15

2014-12-15 (Mon) 5:00 p.m. -

What is true globalization? What is peace?

The lecturer in this 15th Future Talks is AKASHI Yasushi, former UN Undersecretary General. Taking a neutral stance as a UN representative, Mr. Akashi made efforts to settle complicated ethnic disputes and religious conflicts through discussions and negotiations. He will talk about what role the world now expects of Japan and its people.


All persons connected with OU as well as members of the general public are cordially invited to attend.
Please let us know if you need special needs for participating in this event.
Advance registration is not necessary. There is no charge for attending these events. Seating is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Lecturer: Yasushi AKASHI, Director, International House of Japan; former UN Undersecretary General

Lecture title: "What are persons who can be active on an international stage?"
While other countries in Asia are full of energy, Japan is losing young people who hope to study abroad and try their strength there. Japan's economy and politics seem to be isolated from the world and people be satisfied with current convenient and comfortable life. On the other hand, the world faces mountainous pile of problems such as ethnic conflicts, poverty, and global warming. What is needed for breaking down such a status quo is persons' independence, willingness, and insatiable curiosity about different cultures, and yet Japanese perfectionism prevents improvement in foreign language proficiency.

Date & Time: Monday, December 13, 5:00 ~ 6:30 p.m.
The doors open at 4:30.
Venue: Convention Center, Suita campus

In addition to the main venue for this event, additional rooms noted below will be made available for viewing the lecture on closed circuit TV.

Information about Osaka University Future Talks, October '14 through January '15

  • Talk #16 -- Friday, January 23, 2015, Ryoji NOYORI, Director, Riken, Nobel Prize in Chemistry

To see Future Talks in the past, go here.

For more information, contact

General Affairs staff, Office for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University

Tel: 06-6210-8244, Fax:06-6210-8241
Email: mirai-talk*
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