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About COHDA 2017

The 5th Conference on Human Development in Asia is a small, two-day, peer-reviewed international conference held from December 20-21, 2017 alongside the 5th Asian Symposium on Healthcare Without Borders and the 4th International Conference on Advancing the Life Sciences and Public Health Awareness.

COHDA was also held this past spring in Hiroshima and preceded the Golden Week period. Due to the inability of many participants to attend last April due to the peak season travel, we are holding COHDA this December again in Hiroshima.

In addition to the symposium, participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a free, guided tour in English of Hiroshima Peace Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The theme of COHDA 2017 is Challenges and Opportunities for Asia, which focuses on the issues of an increasingly globalized Asia that have resulted over the course of the past 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 rightly 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 are the constants that are still resistant to change? In addition, what are the factors that have contributed 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 for many others. More than often, the tide of change 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 the other forces that hold it back.

We are offering a special early registration rate of only 23,500 JPY. We welcome submissions of 250 words in English by Friday, November 17, 2017. Click on the submission link below to submit your proposal today!

Submission Application Form

Topic Streams

  • Education
  • Geo-politics
  • Healthcare
  • Technology
  • Other Areas (please specify)

Who Should Attend

COHDA 2017 will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, students, researchers, educators, technology specialists, healthcare workers, social workers and other professionals.

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Review Committee

Alan-BradyCOHDA 2017 C0-Chair and Editor
Alan Brady, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Dr. Alan Brady is a retired professor from the Faculty of Sociology at Kwansei Gakuin University  — one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Japan. Professor Brady has lived and worked in Japan for over 40 years and he has taught at KGU since 1991.

His primary research interests are the sociology of education and integrated social-natural worlds sustainability, language education policy, planning, and practices at universities in Japan, and the development of a civic responsibility and global and glocal citizenship through integrated language and content higher learning. His most recent publications have centered on that development.

Takayuki YamadaCOHDA 2017  Organizing Committee Chair
Takayuki Yamada,
Chairperson, INTESDA,
Japan

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-AlvordCOHDA 2017 Program Director
Michael Sasaoka-Alvord,
INTESDA Program Director,
Japan

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. He is passionately concerned about the impact of pollution and over-fishing on the global health of oceans and reefs.

Readers

  • Alan Brady, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
  • Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, School of Humanities, Matsuyama University, Japan
  • Munehiko Asamizu, Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Yamaguchi University, Japan
  • Kanato Kawashima, Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
  • 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
  • Ana Salomé García Muñiz, Department of Applied Economics, University of Oviedo, Spain