Category: Meetings

SIETAR Japan, Kansai Chapter, July 2008
“An Introduction to African Conflicts”

Presenter:    Takehiko Ochiai (RyukokuUniversity)

Date:          July 20 (Sunday),  2:00pm-4:00pm

Place:        Nishinomiya-shiDaigakuKoryuCenter

 (ACTA Nishinomiya East building 6F, Seminar 1)

              2 min. from the North Exit of Hankyu Nishinomiya

 Kitaguchi Station.  Tel.(0798)69-3155


Fee:          500yen for members and students, 1.000yen for non-members

Language:     Japanese


Description of the Presentation

Violence, particularly wars and armed conflicts, are one of the most extreme forms of “communication”. The aim of this presentation is to examine various aspects of conflicts in postcolonial Africa such as the reason why Africanists are increasingly hesitating to use the word of “ethnic/tribal conflicts”, the cases and types of modern conflicts in Africa, actors of conflict and conflict resolution (e.g. guerilla forces, private military companies, regional organizations, western powers), issues relating to African conflicts (e.g. small arms control, conflict diamonds, drug abuse in post-conflict society).


Profile of the Presenter

Takehiko Ochiai is Professor of International Relations at Ryukoku University. He was born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1965. He started to read African Politics in his undergraduate years and continued his study and research at the graduate schools of Keio University and the University of Birmingham, UK. His research interests include Sierra Leonean civil war, Nigerian politics, and regional security in West Africa. He is married to the psychiatric social worker, Tomoko Kanata, who is working for Kobe College. He likes taking London, their pet dog, out for a walk. The URL of his website is

Kansai SIETAR June, 2008 “How to get along together: Japan and India” Prospects for the present and future

Speaker:         Mr. Aditya Kumar

Date/Time:      Sunday June 29, 2008    14:00-16:00

Place:            Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center, Room 1

                  (1 minute from JR Takatsuki Station), Tel.0726-85-3721


Fee:              500 yen for members and students;  1,000 yen for non-members

Language:       Japanese (Questions and Answers in English and Japanese)


Description of Presentation

Most Indian residents in Japan used to be either Indian restaurant owners or students. But in the past ten years or so, things have changed, with many IT engineers coming to Japan.  I myself started working for an Indian company which develops IT software since April, and have some Indian colleagues at my work place. Meanwhile, I am still in the PhD course at Osaka University.  My Indian colleagues’ experiences, as well as my own, in Japan have given me new insight into how things are in Japan.  In my presentation, I would like to address several impending topics, such as adaptation to Japanese society by an Indian family, education for children, and medical support.  I will talk about how to cope with these problems. It is my great pleasure to do something to contribute to making Japan an ideal global nation with further cooperation between Japan and India.


Profile of the Presenter

Mr. Kumar was born in Buddaha-gaya, India in 1981.  After graduating from the

Univ.of Nehru in India where he specialized in Japanese and Japanese culture, he

came to Japan as a fellow of the Japanese Ministry of Education and studied at Osaka

University of Foreign Languages from 2002-2003.  Currently, he is doing his Doctoral

course at Osaka University.  He served as an interpreter for the summit between Japan and India and has also translated and interpreted for TV, magazines and other businesses.  Mr. Kumar presently works for Indian and Japanese companies as an international advisor and teaches English and Intercultural communication at a technical college.

SIETAR Japan, Kansai Chapter, November 2007   “Experiential Cosmology beyond Language and Ethnicity through Oral Literature and Music”

Presenter:    Ms. Aki Nagane

Date:              November 11 ( Sunday), 2:00pm-4:00pm

Place:         Takatsuki Shiritsu Shogai Gakushu Center

               (10 minutes walk from JR Takatsuki station or Hankyu

               Takatsukishi station),  Tel:  072-674-7700


Fee:          500yen for members and students, 1.000yen for non-members

Lnguage:     Japanese


Description of the Presentation

   Only one hundred years and some decades have passed since most of the residents in Hokkaido came to be predominantly made up of those who do not have faith in Ainu gods.  Just dating back to four generations ago, there was a world where people prayed to their gods.  It was not very far from the present.  An Ainu fuchi, an old lady who was born in the Meji Era, introduced me to her (Ainu) world through Ainu stories.  If you immerse  yourself in the story telling, even if you can not understand the language, you might experience some of the cosmology behind the stories.”

(She will tell a story in Ainu language and play the Mukkuri instrument.)

Profile of the Presenter

Born and raised in Chitose, Hokkaido, she started to get involved with Ainu culture in 1993, the special year for International Indigenous People.

It was at this time that she attended an Ainu language course and encountered mukkuri, an Ainu musical instrument.  Under the instruction of Phillpe Dalle, a famous mukkuri player living in Switzerland, she learned mukkukri and became the winner of the fourth Mukkuri competition in Hokkaido in 1999.  Ms. Nagane published her first book about how to play mukkuri in 2000.  Her first solo album titled “Monola” came out in 2001.  She moved to Kyoto in 2004 to pursue other interests.  Since then she has been active as both a mukkuri player and a coordinator of Ainu culture activities.