What we do

International Conference
"Culture and Social Innovation‐Tokyo Conference"

There is a great need to design new social system both locally and globally. In this Second Tokyo Conference, we aim particularly to highlight the power of culture in creating a new vision for our society through global network – as the Great East Japan Earthquake was a clear reminder that the culture forms the solid foundation of people’s lives.

The symposium will begin with reports from participants in the previous day’s sessions, outlining issues and solutions identified. Our keynote speakers, Shiseido Honorary Chairman Yoshiharu Fukuhara and Indian film maker Ruchir Joshi, will then deliver speeches on the role of culture and art in society. Inviting artists from different fields, the panel will discuss the role of culture in designing the new vision for our society.


Date: Oct 19 (Fri), 2012 (from 10:00 to 19:00)
Venue: JFIC Hall “SAKURA”, The Japan Foundation (4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Admission: Free
Register from the official website: http://bunkanochikara.tokyomoon.jp/index-en.html ※Finished


Session 1
10:00 – 12:30 Disaster Recovery Efforts by Cultural and Artistic Projects – Case Studies and Sustainable Support System
Moderator Kenji Kubota
[Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba / Curator]

Session 2
13:30 – 16:00 Building a Framework to Achieve Sustainability for Artistic and Culture Endeavor
Moderator Chiaki Hayashi
[Co-founder, Loftwork inc. / Project Coordinator in Culture and GLAM, Creative Commons]

Session 3
16:20 – 18:50 Building International Networks through Performing Arts
Moderator Atsuko Hisano
[Program Director, The Saison Foundation]

※Details are subject to change.


Date: Oct 20 (Sat), 2012 (from 13:00 to 18:00)
Venue: TOSHO Hall
Admission: Free
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Keynote Speech Ⅰ:

Yoshiharu Fukuhara
[Honorary Chairman, Shiseido Co.,Ltd. / Chairman, Tokyo Council for the Arts / Director Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography]

Keynote Speech Ⅱ:

Ruchir Joshi
[Film Maker / Writer]

Born in 1960, Ruchir Joshi lives in Calcutta, Delhi, and London. He has made ground-breaking films in India including Egaro Mile (eleven miles; Prix Joris Iven, Cinema du Reel, 1991), winning several prizes at international film festivals. His first novel is The Last Jet-Engine Laugh. He is currently working on a new historical novel and a video-film on Calcutta.

Moderator: Taneo Kato

Panel discussion: Ruchir Joshi, Hiroshi Fuji, Khadija El Bennaoui, Sputniko!
Profile of the Panelists is here


13:00 – 14:30 Session Reports
14:40 – 15:10 Keynote Speech Ⅰ Yoshiharu Fukuhara”Designing Our Society through Cultural Capital Approach”
15:10 – 15:40 Keynote Speech Ⅱ Ruchir Joshi”Remember when we had art?”
15:50 – 17:50 Panel discussion”Culture and Social Innovation”
17:50 – 18:00 Synthesis
※Details are subject to change.

1. Registration
(a) Please use the registration form on the official website.
(b) Post or fax the day(s) you wish to attend, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (optional), and preferred method of contact (a fax form is available on the official website).

・Official website: http://bunkanochikara.tokyomoon.jp/index-en.html ※Finished

・Fax: +81-3-5909-8677
・Postal address: 27th floor, Shinjuku Park Tower, 3-7-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1066

2. Number of Seats
Oct 19 (Fri) : 90
Oct 20 (Sat) : 350
Note: If registrations exceed the number of seats available, a draw will be held.

3. Registration deadline
Registration deadline is extended. Registration forms must be postmarked or received by fax no later than Oct 15 (Mon), 2012.


JTB Business World Tokyo Corp. Division 9 / Tokyo Conference
POC: Oyama, Oe
Postal address: 27th floor, Shinjuku Park Tower, 3-7-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1066
TEL: +81-3-5909-8676 FAX:+81-3-5909-8677 (Weekday 9:30 to 18:00)

Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Culture Creation Project (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), The Japan Foundation, University of Tsukuba

In cooperation with: Association for Corporate Support of the Arts

JFIC Hall “SAKURA”, The Japan Foundation (Oct 19)
※With Japanese‐English simultaneous interpretation.
TOSHO Hall (Oct 20)
※With Japanese‐English simultaneous interpretation and sign language.