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Lecture #1: Lecture Series Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of Osaka University's Bangkok Center for Education & Research

2010-9-24 (Fri) 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Bangkok Center for Education & Research, a series of lectures will be held over a six-month period.

Thailand can be called a pro-Japanese country. In fact, Japan and Thailand have enjoyed a long close relationship since the early 17th century when there was a Japan town in Ayutthaya, Thailand and YAMADA Nagamasa was the head of the Japanese colony there. Currently, direct foreign   investment in Thailand by Japan accounts for 40% of the direct foreign investment in Thailand. In addition, Japanese culture from manga to Zen as well as its latest fashion and cuisine are accepted by the public in Thailand. The two countries have built a close relationship in various areas.

Currently more than 44,000 Japanese live in Thailand, which makes Thailand fourth in the world in terms of the number of long-staying Japanese. Along with the image of Thailand as "the land of smiles" and "the devoted Buddhist country", most Japanese are familiar with Thai cuisine and silk.

Thailand boasts a variety of cultures, religions, and ethnicities. Generally speaking, even foreigners who have lived in Thailand for a long time know only part of such diversity. It is hoped that this 5th year commemoration will assist Japanese living in Thailand in understanding how their host country could accept so many Japanese people. The organizers look forward to seeing many persons in attendance.

  • Lecture #1: Friday, September 24, 2010, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

    "Life after retirement, Mutual support for the elderly -- Comparing Japan with Thailand", KAWAMORI Masato, Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University
    Venue: Japan Foundation, Bangkok
  • Lecture #2: Monday, September 27, 2010, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    "The World, Culture, and Society of Shan, a Minority Group in the Golden Triangle", MURAKAMI Tadayoshi, Associate professor, Research Institute for World Languages, Osaka University

    Venue: Grand Millenium Sukhumvit

  • Lecture #3: Early February, 2011

    "Thai-style Training to Obtain Enlightenment -- Phenomena that cannot be explained by a placebo effect, 'Believe, and you will be saved.'", ISHITAKA Shingo, Specially appointed assistant professor, Osaka University Global Collaboration Center

    Venue: Japan Foundation, Bangkok

  • Lecture #4: Late March, 2011

    "Skills of Thai Artisans -- People who Repair Everything", MORITA Atsuro, Lecturer, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University

    Venue: Japan Foundation, Bangkok

Sponsored by: Bangkok Center for Education & Research Osaka University

In cooperation with: Global Collaboration Center (CLOCOL), Japan Foundation, Bangkok

Date: 2010-9-24 (Fri) 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Registration: Not required.
Contact: Bangkok Center for Education & Research Osaka University

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