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Osaka University Symposium 2015 - The Network of a Developing Society: Towards the Co-Creation of Creative Island Nakanoshima

2015-12-20 (Sun) 13:30 -

Date & Time: Sunday, December 20, 2015, 13:30~18:00
Doors open at 13:00.
Venue: Special Conference Room, 12F, Osaka International Convention Center (Grand Cube Osaka)
Capacity of the venue: 350 (Registration is required. Reservations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.) There is NO fee for attending this event.

Since we have reached capacity for this event, we will no longer be accepting applications. We would like to thank everyone for the large number of applications received. (Updated December 8, 2015)


Part 1:Keynote speech “Logistic Urban Culture,” MORIMURA Yasumasa, Artist

From the newly developed "cities," to the "towns" of old, to the "communities" that create an air of spontaneous generation, the society that we live in is diverse. So just what makes an interesting and attractive "community" to MORIMURA Yasumasa, an Osaka native with a unique way of thinking who has been active around the world through the personal practice of art? We'll hear about Morimura-stye Urban Culture, which moves people's intellect and emotions.




An Osaka City native, MORIMURA Yasumasa was born in 1951. A graduate from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Kyoto City University of Arts, he completed the graduate school at the same university. In 1985, he published a photo of himself made up as a self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh. Since then, he has continued to create works of art consistently under the theme of "self-portrait." In 1989, he was selected at the "Aperto '88" section of the Venice Biennale. He has held exhibitions at home and abroad.


Part 2: Symposium: The Network of Culture and Economics –

Focusing on the Creative Island Nakanoshima

Culture and economics, as inseparable factors which provide energy to society, will continue to mature people and communities while evolving as mutual catalysts. Representatives from organizations with a connection to Nakanoshima, with its multi-layered historical background and various urban developments in recent years, will gather to take a close look at the past and present of culture, media, and transit, as well as discuss the possibility of the co-creation of a regional society network and future.


KATO Yoshifumi
Representative Director and President, CEO and COO, Keihan Railway

Born in 1951, and a Kyoto City native, KATO Yoshifumi graduating from the School of Law at Tohoku University, after which he joined Keihan Railway in 1975. After serving as a director, a vice director of the Management Control Office, and a managing director from 2005, he became a representative director and chairman of Keihan Department Store in 2007. He also served as a representative director and chairman of Keihan The Store and Keihan Card Co., Ltd. In July 2011, he took his current position as a CEO and COO, Keihan Railway. Since July 2015, he has also served as a chairman of Kansai Railway Association.

GOTO Hisao
Managing Director, The Asahi Shimbun Company, Osaka Headquarters

A Tokyo native born in 1953, GOTO Hisao graduated from the Faculty of Economics of The University of Tokyo. In 1976, he joined The Asahi Shimbun Company. From 1991, for three and a half years, he served as a correspondent in London. After returning to the Osaka HQ, he served as a manager and auditor at the divisions of economics, finance, management, and business, and as an editorial writer. In December 2014, he took his current position as a managing director. He is also involved in the Osaka Nakanoshima Project for building two super-high buildings containing the Asahi Shimbun Company, Osaka Headquarters and the Festival Hall.

Director, National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO)

A Yokohama City native born in 1948, YAMANASHI Toshio graduated from Department of Aesthetics, Faculty of Letters, The University of Tokyo. After working at a publishing company, he served as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura and Hayama from 1976. He became a director of the museum in 2004. In 2011, he took his current position as a director of NMAO. While engaging in planning for exhibitions, he has been involved in a variety of activities through art such as delivering lectures and publishing books on research. His publication includes Gestures in Drawings (1990), Introduction to Modern Drawings (1999), Painted History – Japanese Modern Era and Historical Paintings (2005).

Managing director of Asahi Broadcasting Corporation

Born in 1947 and from Kyoto Prefecture, WAKISAKA Satoshi graduated from the School of Economics of Kwansei Gakuin University. He then joined Asahi Broadcasting Corporation in 1970, engaging in sales of radio and TV programs at Osaka HQs and Tokyo branch office. He became a sales manager in 1999, a director in 2003, a senior managing director in 2006, and an executive managing director in 2010. In 2011, he took his current position as a managing director. He also serves as a board director of TV Asahi Corporation. 2016 will mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of Asahi Broadcasting Corporation. He sets the Asahi Broadcasting Group Development Vision toward the realization of the company’s prosperous business for 100 years with a broader perspective.

NISHIO Shojiro
President, Osaka University

Born in 1951 and a native of Gifu Prefecture, NISHIO Shojiro graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Kyoto University in 1975, after which he completed his doctorate degree in engineering at the Graduate School of Engineering of the same university in 1980. His specialty is data engineering. He became a professor at the School of Engineering of Osaka University in 1992. Later, he served as the first director of Osaka University Cybermedia Center, a technical official of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), a dean at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, and an executive vice director at Osaka University. He took his current position as the president of Osaka University in August 2015. He received The Emperor's Purple Ribbon Medal in 2011 and The Commendation for Information Promotion by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology in 2014.

How to Apply

Since we have reached capacity for this event, we will no longer be accepting applications. We would like to thank everyone for the large number of applications received. (Updated December 8, 2015)

Hosted by: Osaka University

Co-hosted by: The Asahi Shimbun Company, Keihan Railway, NMAO

With support from: Asahi Broadcasting Corporation

Planning: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University; Center for the Study of Communication-Design.

With cooperation from:

Nakanoshima Machimirai Committee

Production cooperation by: Art Area B1

Additional Support by: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Science and Technology Communication Promotion Project, "Network Formation Type"

For more information, contact

University-Community Division , Department of Publicity and University-Community Collaboration, Osaka University

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