David Ewick


International Policy Studies Forum 2005:
Japan in the International Community


The distinguished guest speakers

The International Policy Studies Forum 2005 will address the cultural and political presence of Japan in the world by drawing upon the experience and expertise of highly distinguished observers and practitioners of international cultural and political relations. Guest speakers will include Their Excellencies the Ambassadors to Japan from eleven nations and a senior minister to the Embassy in Japan from a twelfth, taken together representing nations and understandings from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.


Forum meetings

The Forum will meet weekly from mid-April to mid-July at the Chuo University Korakuen Campus in central Tokyo. The language will be English. The guest lectures of forty-five minutes to an hour ordinarily will not focus solely on bilateral relations but rather on informed understandings of the relation of Japan with other important nations, regions, and the larger international community. Questions and open discussion moderated by the Forum organizers will follow the lectures. Our hope in organizing the Forum has been that the meetings will for our students and other participants translate into a deeper and more nuanced understanding of Japan’s presence in the world as this is reflected through the prism of the diverse understandings, experiences, and expertise of our distinguished guest speakers.



Participants in the Forum will include credit-earning post-graduate students from Chuo University, selected upper-division undergraduate students from the Chuo University Faculty of Policy Studies, and invited English-speaking students and guests from Chuo University and other institutions. Guests may assume a high level of English proficiency among all participants.


Speakers, 2005:

April 19

H. E. Mr. Hisham Badr, Ambassador to Japan from the Arab Republic of Egypt

April 26

H. E. Mr. Samir I. Naouri, Ambassador to Japan from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

May 10

H. E. Mr. Poul Hoiness, Ambassador to Japan from the Kingdom of Denmark

May 17

H. E. Mr. Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas, Ambassador to Japan from the United Mexican States

May 24

H. E. Dr. Egbert Jacobs, Ambassador to Japan from the Kingdom of the Netherlands

May 31

Dr. Jadwiga M. Rodowicz, Minister-Counselor to the Embassy in Japan from the Republic of Poland

June 7

H. E. Mr. Manilal Tripathi, Ambassador to Japan from the Republic of India

June 14

H. E. Mr. Dennis A. O. Awori, Ambassador to Japan from the Republic of Kenya

June 21

H. E. Mr. Kamran Niaz, Ambassador to Japan from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

June 28

H. E. Mr. Åge B. Grutle, Ambassador to Japan from the Kingdom of Norway

July 5

H. E. Dr. Ben Ngubane, Ambassador to Japan from the Republic of South Africa

July 19

H. E. Mr. Domingo L. Siazon, Jr., Ambassador to Japan from the Republic of the Philippines

International Policy Studies Forum 2004:

Oct. 5

Akira Iriye, Harvard University, Cultural Globalization in East Asia

Oct. 19

Akitoshi Miyashita, Tokyo International University, Reactive State Revisited: Japan Between America and Asia

Nov. 9

Yuzo Itagaki, University of Tokyo (Emeritus), Identity Choosing in Cultural Dynamics for Japan: A Perceptional Approach in Historical Perspective

Nov. 16

John Clammer, Sophia University, Cultural Change in East Asia: A Comparative Perspective

Dec. 14

David Walker, Deakin University, Australia in Asia: Race, Region, Identity


The International Policy Studies
Forum 2005 was 0rganized by
David Ewick and Modjtaba Sadria
under the auspices of
the University Graduate School
and Faculty of Policy Studies,
Chuo University, Tokyo.

Photographs by Takahiro Suzuki.
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