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AUGUST 27 - 28, 2015: 9th ISTR Asia Pacific Regional Conference
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8/27/2015 to 8/28/2015
When: 8/27/2015


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Exploring Frontiers of Civil Society, Social Capital and Social Enterprises

27-28 August 2015

College of Law at Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan

 




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CONFERENCE FEES

Early Bird Rates - through July 12, 2015
$200 - ISTR Members
$300 - Non members (fee includes 2015 ISTR Membership)

Registration Rates July 13-31, 2015
$250 - ISTR Members
$350 - Non members (fee includes 2015 ISTR Membership)
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Visit the Regional Network's newly released website!
http://www.osipp.osaka-u.ac.jp/npocenter/ISTR/index.htm


CONFERENCE PROGRAM
To view the detailed conference program, click here.

 

PROGRAM OUTLINE

(as of July 7, subject to change)

 

Venue:

Nihon University Law School, Building No.10, Misaki-cho 2-3-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

 

Wednesday, August 26

19:00- 21:00 Informal welcome for emerging scholars, and all are welcome

 

Thursday, August 27

08:00- Conference Check-in

09:00-10:30 Parallel Session A

10:45-12:15 Parallel Session B

12:15-13:15 Lunch

13:15-14:45 Opening Keynote and Plenary

          The Roles of Civil Society in Local Governance

Keynote by Prof. Yutaka Tsujinaka (University of Tsukuba)

Moderator: Ruth Phillips (University of Sydney)

Panelists: Tae Kyu Park,Yonsei University

        Dipendra KC (Khon Kaen University)

        Yuxin Lan (Tsinghua University)

15:00-16:30 Parallel Session C

16:45-18:15 Parallel Session D

19:00-21:00 Welcome Reception

 

Friday, August 28

09:00-10:30 Parallel Session E

10:45-12:15 Parallel Session F

12:15-13:15 Lunch (ISTR-AP Meeting)

13:15-14:45 Parallel Session G

15:00-17:00 Closing Plenary

Working across Sectors for a Transformative Shift - New Narrative in         Civil Society for the Asia-Pacific and the Globe

          Keynote speech by Katsuji Imata (CSO Network Japan)

          Moderator: Rosario Laratta (Meiji University)

Panelists: Maria R. Nindita Radyati, (Trisakti University)

Salma Akhter (University of Dhaka)

Jiangang Zhu (Sun Yat-sen University)


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Lodging Information is found here; the list includes information on the following:

  • Villa Fontaine Kudanshita
  • Villa Fontaine Jimbocho
  • Keio Presso Inn Kudanshita
  • Tokyo Green Hotel Korakuen
  • Hotel Metropolitan Edmont Tokyo
  • Tokyu Stay Suidobashi
  • APA Hotel Tokyo Kudanshita
  • Sakura Hotel Jimbocho
  • Tokyo Central Youth Hostel
 

Airport Information is found here, including access information from international airports
to the Conference Site and nearby hotels.

Visa Information:  Please be sure to check whether a visa is required for your entry into Japan.
You can find the list of countries and regions that have visa exemption arrangements with
Japan at http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html.
For more information, click here.

 

Scholarships:

Please note that scholarship application is closed and reviews have been completed; additional applications cannot be accepted at this time


 

Getting to Nihon University Law School No. 10 building

Leaving from East Entrance at “Suidobashi station”, you have to go across the right side of a traffic signal at first, and then, there are “Tokyo Dental College of Suidobashi Hospital and “Family Mart” on the right hand. You go straight the road for about 100m. After that, you turn right at the second corner and go straight for about 130m. You can see “Nihon University of law No. 10 building” of which the image is circled.

 

Click on the map for an enlarged version.

 

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ISTR Ninth Asia Pacific Regional Conference: Tokyo, Japan, 27-28 August 2015

 

Civil society in the Asia Pacific region is thriving and vibrant in its structure and organization with its geographic and historical linkages, as well as each country’s unique institutional, economic, social, and cultural characteristics. At the same time, its large and dynamic nature leads us to reconsider the value and significance of civic engagement, emergence of new forms of social business or entrepreneurship, and the potential power of social capital in the national, regional and international contexts.

ISTR’s Ninth Asia-Pacific Regional Conference will be an opportunity to witness a dynamic panorama of research. Quite a large number of papers and panels will be presented in this conference, as well as a wide variety of topics around the third sector such as governance and laws, tax regime, policy impact and evaluation, wellbeing, welfare systems, social capital, CSR, fundraising, government and politics, public private partnership, environment, sustainability, social enterprise, and so on. The conference will thus offer an excellent opportunity for encouraging in-depth discussion on these key issues and advancing authentic and creative research works from multidimensional approaches.

The conference also presents two plenary sessions with keynote speeches by distinguished high-profile speakers.  These sessions will give conference attendees time to examine and discuss how to challenge and cope with regional and global political insecurity, economic crisis and unexpected external shocks that our civil society is confronting.

The keynote speech for the opening plenary will be delivered by a prominent political scientist, Professor Yutaka Tsujinaka of Tsukuba University.  Professor Tsujinaka specializes in political administrative perspectives of interest groups and also has worked on a large volume of research in civil society and social capital from a public policy perspectives. He is currently president of the Japanese Political Science Association and his publications include "Neighborhood Associations and Local Governance in Japan" (co-author), 2014, Routledge, "Nonprofits and Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment" (co-editor), 2014, Johns Hopkins University Press, "The State of Civil Society in Japan" (co-author), 2003, Cambridge University Press. In his speech for the opening plenary, Professor Tsujinaka will address the role of civil society in local governance from unique and critical perspectives as well as respond to relevant “hot” issues.

The closing plenary will be another highlight of the conference. Mr. Katsuji Imata, board chair of CSO Network Japan and the former deputy secretary general of CIVICUS, will give a speech on the challenges and opportunities that the civil society of this region has encountered. With his outstanding career and achievements in international work and activities in this field, Mr. Imata will explore frontiers of these powerful but still uncertain values and impacts of civil society activities. We expect that he will even challenge us to foresee future new scenarios in civil society and possible emergence of new trends and new actors. It will be a good time to think together about constructive and collaborative ways for the future development of civil society in this region. We hope that all of the participants will be intellectually inspired during the conference.

The conference will be held in Tokyo, Japan, a city gearing up for and coordinating political, economic and sociocultural engagement both at the national and local level. It is also a city of exuberance and soaring ambition in convening roundtables and dialogues on arrangement of both policy and business domains in the civil society sector. The city’s energetic and borderless atmosphere with a fusion of modern culture and tradition of civil society will provide conference participants and presenters to research settings and conversation both in the international and regional context.

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Please note that paper submissions is closed and reviews have been completed; additional submissions cannot be accepted at this time.


ISTR’s ninth Asia-Pacific regional conference will be held in Tokyo, Japan, the nation’s capital. The conference offers an excellent opportunity for encouraging in-depth discussion on these key issues and advancing authentic and creative research works from multidimensional approaches. Tokyo is a city of gearing up for and coordinating political, economic and sociocultural engagement both at the national and local level. It is also a city of exuberance and soaring ambition in convening roundtables and dialogues on arrangements of policy and business domains in the civil society sector. Organization of civic engagement has become more diversified, strategic, and even goal-driven. At the same time, we are challenged how to develop normative instruments for understanding and assessing activities in such a vigorous environment. The city’s energetic and borderless atmosphere with a fusion of modern culture and tradition of civil society will attract conference participants and presenters to research settings and conversation both in the international and regional context.  

In the conference, plenary sessions will be delivered to share questions and motivations that drives our third sector research, as well as to encourage us to deal with policy-and-business implication towards the sector’s evolvement. Also, paper, panel and poster proposals both from theoretical and practical perspectives are invited with a wide range of themes for providing the conference participants fresh stimulus and driving our regional community towards enhancement of research and business performance.


Important Dates

31 January 2015             Deadline for proposal submission

Early April 2015            Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors

End of June 2015           Deadline for conference registration

End of July 2015            Deadline for final papers' submission

26 August 2015              Conference starts

 

International Program Committee

Sami Hasan     (United Arab Emirates University, UAE) (Co-chair)

Naoto Yamauchi     (Osaka University, Japan) (Co-chair)

Yashavantha Dongre     (University of Mysore, India)

Shih-Jung Hsu     (National Chengchi University, Taiwan)

Chul-Hee Kang     (Yonsei University, Korea)

Janice Nga     (University Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia)

Naoko Okuyama     (Kobe University, Japan)

Ruth Phillips     (University of Sydney, Australia)

Maria R. Nindita Radyati     (Trisakti University, Indonesia)

Lili Wang     (Arizona State University, United States)

Jiangang Zhu     (Sun Yat-sen University, China)

 


Local Host Committee

Yoji Inaba    (Nihon University, Japan)(Chair)

Hiroo Harada    (Senshu University, Japan)

Kaori Kuroda    (CSO Network Japan, Japan)

Motoko Mekata    (Chuo University, Japan)

Tomohito Nakajima    (Sanno University, Japan)

Daigo Sato    (JapanGiving Foundation, Japan)

Mikiko Shimaoka    (Waseda University, Japan)

Yuko Suda    (Toyo University, Japan)

Takafumi Tanaka    (Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan)

Naoto Yamauchi    (Osaka University, Japan)



Conference Themes

The conference provides a variety of themes relevant to the third sector

          Government, laws, and the third sector

          Tax regime and the third sector activities

          Third sector and policy making: Impact and evaluation

          Wellbeing/welfare systems and the role of the third sector

          Social capital and civil society

          Corporate Social Responsibility

          Fundraising

          Governance

          Collaborative governance and its implications to the third sector

          Profit and non-profit sector partnerships and policy implications

          Innovations in the third sector governance

          Environment, sustainability, and the third sector

          Social enterprise

 

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