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The 6th Conference on Human Development in Asia – Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, 2020 in Osaka, Japan»

Welcome to COHDA 2020

We welcome you to join us in Osaka, Japan on Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, 2020 for the 6th Conference on Human Development in Asia (COHDA 2020), to be held at the Osaka Corona Hotel in Osaka City, Japan. COHDA 2020 is being jointly held alongside the 6th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia (COSTA 2020).

COHDA 2020 will coincide with the cherry blossom viewing period around Osaka. In Japanese culture and society, spring is restart of life, and the blooming cherry blossoms is its symbol. It is the perfect time for ‘hanami’ celebrations around the city where cherry blossoms can be viewed and admired. Hanami is an important ritual in Japanese culture dating back hundreds of years. It is customary for people to gather in parks and spread tarps beneath the cherry trees, admiring the splendor of the blossoms, while eating, drinking, singing and enjoying time with family and friends. The most popular spots for hanami get crowded with food and drink stalls, and sometimes there are festivals and events of all kinds. Plus, hanami in Osaka can be enjoyed not only during daytime, but also at night, when the cherry trees are lit up, which makes hanami even more beautiful.

Please note that the number of oral and poster time slots is limited.  The organizers will close submissions and registration when the event has reached its capacity.

About COHDA 2020

Welcome to the 6th Conference on Human Development in Asia (COHDA 2020). With the theme of Rethinking Sustainable Development, the aim of this event is to draw attention to both the progress and challenges facing an increasing globalized Asia. The economic, industrial and political developments among the nations that are located within the continent have brought about dramatic social change. Within a span of just over a century, Asia has been a major site of colonialism and decolonization, global warfare, political upheaval and regime change, the rise of new nations, ongoing ethnic and religious conflict, economic boom and recession, population explosion, cultural diasporas, viral epidemics, technological advancement, and severe environmental pollution and disasters.

While commentators and analysts have recognized the vast changes that have shaped the Asian continent, it is also crucial to understand the continuities that are maintained even in the face of such impetus for change. Apart from change, what constants still resist change? In addition, what factors contribute to such ongoing resilience? Although it may be argued that the forces of globalization and development have set in motion a number of positive changes in the ways we live our lives, this has also been counterbalanced by the continuities of inequality and suffering of many others. The tide of change often exists in a state of tension with the forces of continuity. Hence, in order for us to comprehend the forces of change, we must also engage other opposing forces.

At the same time, attempts to mediate the tension between change and continuity have given rise to growing diversities. Driven partly by the forces of migration within a global economic order often guided by transnational markets of production or consumption, new political and social-cultural fragmentation and intersections within nation-states in Asia have emerged. In the face of such developments, the implications of and challenges to efforts at sustainability are numerous. While it is increasingly recognized that sustainability entails dimensions far beyond the ecological sphere, the next step is to examine and understand the impact of change and continuity and the resultant diversities that are contained within.

COHDA 2020 Streams

  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Business, Production & Consumption
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Sustainable Urban Development
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Other Areas (please specify)

We welcome proposals of 250 words in English by Friday, January 17, 2020. Click on the Link Below to Submit your Proposal Today!

COHDA 2020 Submission Form

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Program Committee

Takayuki YamadaChairperson and Plenary Speaker
Takayuki Yamada
INTESDA Chairperson
Japan

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also served as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2018 he organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia.

Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordCo-Chairperson and Executive Director
Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
INTESDA Executive Director
Japan

Michael 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.

Gary SmithHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
Gary Smith
Director, Great Lakes Lights Photography
USA

Gary Smith is an environmental and landscape photographer, mountain climber and filmmaker. He is the director and chief contributor to Great Lakes Lights Photography with a particular focus on landscape photography projects both in the US and Japan. His work has deepened his passion and concern for climate change and its affect on the environment. In particular, his work has revealed the long term affects of air and water pollution around the Great Lakes and also within Japan. Gary holds degrees in mass communication, media arts and Japanese from Southern Illinois University, USA. He previously worked for an ABC News affiliate and later for as a translator for the municipal government in Niigata, Japan. His academic interests include environmental studies, ICT and photography. Gary divides his time between his homes in Illinois, USA and Shizuoka, Japan.

Readers

  • Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, English Department, Matsuyama University, Japan
  • James Harry Morris, Ph.D., School of Humanities, Tsukuba University, Japan
  • Gary Smith, M.Eng., Great Lakes Lights Photography, USA
  • Kanato Kashima, Ph.D., Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Nathkapach Rattanapitoon, Ph.D., Suranaree University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Schawanya Rattanapitoon M.D., FCFP, Suranaree University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Zulfiya Imyarova, Ph.D., International Educational Program, Narxoz University, Kazakhstan
  • Beverly A. Sarza, Ph.D., De La Salle University Manila, Manila, Philippines
  • Jin Su Jeong, Ph.D., School of Engineering and Industrial Design, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
  • Thirayu Meererksom, M.B.A., Faculty of Management Science, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Ana Salomé García Muñiz, Ph.D., Department of Applied Economics, University of Oviedo, Spain