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Beyond Diversity: Impact of Inclusive Society to Unlock Creative Potential

Beyond Diversity: Impact of Inclusive Society to Unlock Creative Potential

Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) will hold a forum entitled, “Beyond Diversity : Impact of Inclusive Society to Unlock Creative Potential ” at Belle Salle Tokyo Nihonbashi on Friday, March 1st.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s vision is to leverage the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to enhance Tokyo’s presence as an international city of arts and culture. Through this forum, we hope to hold multifaceted discussions around “diversity and inclusion”, a modern issue that is addressed by various cities around the world, as well as the impact of social inclusion on unlocking creativity, aiming to explore the direction that Tokyo should take for the years to come.

In the recent years, the world have undergone considerable social and economic changes; with the deepening of the digital environment bringing about the rise of AI and dataism; meaning of current boundaries between nations, cultures and genders becoming less and less etc. This leaves one to wonder: what is arts and culture’s significance in the current society? In a diversified society, what does building a foundation of acceptance and making the most of the differences bring about in terms of creativity? How can interaction between people from different backgrounds and personalities bring new awareness to one’s creativity and originality?

On the day, keynote speech will be given by Iwao Nakatani, Board member, Arts Council Tokyo and Chairman, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting. Following this, experts from various fields will join to explore new possibilities that could help Tokyo become an international city of creativity in 2020 and beyond.

Part 1: Keynote Speech

Iwao Nakatani (Board member of Arts Council Tokyo / Chairman, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd.)
Born in Osaka in 1942. Graduated from the Department of Economics at Hitotsubashi University in 1965. Holds a Ph.D in Economics from Harvard University. Currently serves as a Chairman of Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd, Chairman of Fushiki-an and Chief Director of the Fushiki-juku, an executive development program exclusively designed for global business leaders in Japan.
His publications include “AI Shihonshugi ha jinrui wo sukueruka- Bunmeishi kara yomitoku- [Could AI capitalism save mankind? A look into history of civilization]” (NHK Publishing, Inc.,2018), “Shihonshugi wa naze jikai shita no ka [Why did capitalism self-destruct]” (Shueisha International Inc., 2008); and “Nyumon Macro Keizaigaku [Introduction to macroeconomics]” (Nippon Hyoron sha co.,Ltd, 2007).

Part 2: Discussion

Peter Anders (Director of the Goethe-Institut Tokyo)
Peter Anders, who majored in Theater-, Film- and Media studies has been working at the Goethe-Institut since the 1990s. Initially he worked as head of the department of fine arts at the headquarter in Munich. Subsequently he became the director of the Goethe-Institutes in Cameroon, Brazil (Salvador da Bahia) and Bulgaria. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the program leader of the Goethe-Institut for Africa (South of the Sahara) with an office in Johannesburg (South Africa). From May 2011 until January 2016 he served as director of the Goethe-Institut Beijing and country director for China. Since February 2016 he is the director of the Goethe-Institut in Tokyo.

Shinji Kajitani (Director of the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy [UTCP])
Born in 1966. Completed his Ph.D. at Human- and Environmental Studies of Kyoto University. His main research field is phenomenology, cultural studies and medical history. His main works are: Basic Problems of the Phenomenology of Hermann Schmitz (Kyoto University Press, 2002), and What Does It Mean to Think? – an Introduction to Philosophy for People ages 0 to 100 years (Gentosha, 2018). He is recently conducting the project of philosophy dialogue.

Ritsu Yoshino (Director of the Asian Cultural Council Japan office)
Ritsu Yoshino involved in the opening of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Japan) from 1999 and worked as curatorial assistant until 2005. From 2005 to 2009, she was an exhibition coordinator at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT (Tokyo, Japan) for The Miyake Issey Foundation. From September 2009, she started working at the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), where she is currently director of the ACC Japan office.


Takashi Serizawa (Executive Director of P3 art and environment)
Born in Tokyo in 1951. After graduating from the Mathematics Course in the Faculty of Science at Kobe University and from the Architecture and Building Science Course in the College of Engineering at Yokohama National University, Serizawa was involved in research related to ecological land-usage planning as a member of Regional Planning Team Assoc., Inc. In 1989, he founded “P3 art and environment.” He successively served as general director of the Tokachi International Contemporary Art Exhibition “DEMETER” (2002), secretary general of the Asahi Art Festival (2003 to 2016), curator for Yokohama Triennale 2005, general director of the Beppu Contemporary Art Festival “Mixed Bathing World” (2009, 2012 and 2015), and director of the Saitama Triennale 2016 (2016).




150 people
*Advance registration required/ First-come-first-served basis
*Simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation provided  

How to register

Please register online trough Forum Website. First-come-first-served basis.

*Please kindly note that the program and speakers are subjected to change.


“Open Forum 2019” Secretariat (FRONTIER INTERNATIONAL INC.)
TEL: 03-4572-2965 (Business Hours: 9:30AM-17:30PM, Weekdays)
E-mail: info@openforum2019.jp


Belle Salle Tokyo Nihonbashi (Tokyo Nihonbashi Tower 4F, 2-7-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)



Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)



  • オープンフォーラム2019: 多様性を超えて 包摂社会が生み出す創造性 / Open Forum 2019 (Japanese)

  • Open Forum 2019 Beyond Diversity: Impact of Inclusive Society to Unlock Creative Potential / オープンフォーラム2019(英語)