The Asian Conference on Humanities, Social Sciences and Sustainability – August 6-8, 2017 in Hiroshima, Japan»

About AXSUS 2017

We welcome you to join us in Hiroshima, Japan for the Asian Conference on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sustainability (AXSUS 2017) from August 6-8, 2017 at the ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima. AXSUS 2017 will be held jointly with the Asian Symposium on Human Rights Education. Both events will coincide with the 72nd Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Remembrance Ceremony.

Contemporaries tend to define sustainability as environmental issue; however, it is important to take a holistic perspective that embraces the critical relationship between ecological sciences and humanities. This is evident as human communities as well as their diverse biological and cultural heritage are increasingly threatened by mounting environmental and societal problems from climate change and exploitation of finite resources to the inequities and human costs of unsustainable practices and technologies.

Our shared biosphere and rapid globalization ensure no country is immune from another’s problems and risks, which means a collective and multidisciplinary approach is essential for integrating environmental and cultural sustainability. With the theme of ‘Resilience’ the conference will promote a critical understanding of the innovative and organic approaches from the humanities and social sciences toward sustainability.

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Topic Streams

  • Art, Architecture and Eco-Design
  • Cultural Sustainability & Geography
  • Economic Sustainability
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies and Energy
  • Language and Linguistic Sustainability
  • Literature and Eco-criticism
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Political Sustainability
  • Psychology and Behavioral Studies
  • Public Policy
  • Religion and Ecology
  • Social Sustainability
  • Sustainable Business and Management
  • Urban Planning
  • Other Areas (please specify)

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Who Should Attend

This event will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, activists, students and professionals.

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Program Committee

Takayuki YamadaHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
Takayuki Yamada

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2016 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
Michael Sasaoka
Program Director, INTESDA,

Michael Sasaoka oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Review and Editorial Committee

  • Judith Britt McNeely, Ph.D., Writing/Literature, Collegiate Traveling Faculty, University of Maryland University College, Japan
  • Alan Brady, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
  • Luis Santiago, Ph.D., Graduate School of Planning, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • Harry Carley, M.A. ELT, M.A. Ed Tech., School of Humanities, Matsuyama University, Japan
  • Susan Oguro, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Hui Yueh Hsieh, Ph.D., Visual Communication Design, Ming Chi University of Technology, Taiwan
  • Lucas Kohnke, English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • James Harry Morris, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom