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Round Tables among Japan, China and Korea

Round Tables among Japan, China and Korea

Round Table 1

[Date] March 4 (fri.) 19:00-21:30
[Venue] Embassy of Spain, Auditorium (1-3-29 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo)
[Admission] Free
*Japanese/ English simultaneous interpretation available


“Identity, everyday life and the right to the city in the East- Asian Metropolis”
What is "public space" in East-Asia? In light of recent phenomena, such as the increasing trend towards high-rise building in the region, urban researchers will examine how the changing role of public space affects notions of identity, everyday life, home and the "right to the city" in the metropolitan arenas of Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo.

Jorge ALMAZAN Jorge ALMAZAN is an architect, educator and researcher. He graduated from the Madrid School of Architecture in 2003. He completed a Doctoral Degree at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2007. In 2008 he held the position of Invited Professor of Architectural Design at the University of Seoul. Since April 2009 he has taught at Keio University and leads Studiolab: a university-based collaboration platform that works as an architecture design studio and research laboratory.

JINNAI Hidenobu JINNAI Hidenobu born in 1947 in Fukuoka is a Hosei University Design Faculty of Engineering Professor, Graduating from the University of Tokyo, Department of Architecture with a Masters in Engineering, from 1973 to 1975 he studied at Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia on a scholarship from the Italian Government. In 1976, he studied at ICROM. In 1980 he obtained a doctorate in engineering from the University of Tokyo. After the posts of Assistant Prof. at The University of Tokyo, and Assistant Prof. at Hosei University, he has been Prof. at Hosei University since 1990. He is the author of Tokyo: A Spatial Anthropology (University of California Press, Berkeley, 1995).


CHEN Yu (Ph.D.) is an architect and urban historian, an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at the National University of Singapore (Singapore); JSPS Visiting Scholar in the Department of Architecture, Hosei University (Japan). Her research interests center around the history of treaty ports in China, Chinese overseas architecture in Southeast Asia, and urban regeneration in Asia. Her publications include “Regenerating Urban Waterfronts in China: The Rebirth of the Shanghai Bund,” “Campus Planning and Architectural Design of Nanyang University (1953-1980),” “The Making of a Bund in China: The British Concession in Xiamen (1852-1930),” etc.

KIM Sung Hong

KIM Sung Hong is a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of Seoul. He studied architecture at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, the University of California at Berkeley, and Hanyang University in Seoul. Prof. Kim was Provost of the Planning and Research Office at the University of Seoul from 2007 to 2008. Between 2007 and 2010 he organized an exhibition entitled “Megacity Network: Contemporary Korean Architecture” and brought it to such renowned venues as the Deutsches Architektur Museum in Frankfurt, the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum in Berlin, the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn, the Espai Picasso(eP) in Barcelona and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea. He has authored research papers and essays about contemporary Korean architecture and urbanism including ‘Future Asian Space: Projecting the Urban Space of New East Asia’ (2012) and ‘Street Corner Architecture’ (2011). Today he continues to deepen his research and understanding of the architecture and urbanism of contemporary Seoul. He is curator of Korean pavilion at the Venice Biennial of Architecture 2016.

Round Table 2

[Date] March 20 (Sun.) 16:00-19:00
[Venue] 3331 Arts Chiyoda, 6-11-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
[Admission] ¥ 1,500 (¥700 For exhibition ticket holders / Free admission for students)
*Japanese/ English consective interpretation available


This is an attempt to understand the condition of politics, society and culture through discussion of governmental censorship and the self-censorship of artists, museums, publishers, organizers and producers in the three countries with people who have experience of regulations on expression.

OZAKI Tetsuya

OZAKI Tetsuya was born in Tokyo in 1955. He is a publisher and chief editor of the culture web magazines “Realtokyo” and “Realkyoto.” Also he is a guest researcher, at the Academic Research Center, Kyoto University of Art and Design. In 2002 he published “One Hundred Years of Idiocy,” a photo book that summarized human idiocy in the 20th century and launched a bilingual contemporary art magazine “ART iT” in 2003. He became General Producer of the performing arts section for the Aichi Triennale 2013. He wrote and published a photo book “One Hundred Years of Lunacy” in 2014.


KATAOKA Mami has been the Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo since 2003. She was Joint Artistic Director of 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012) in South Korea, and International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London between 2007 and 2009, and chief curator at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery from 1997 to 2002. Prior to her curatorial career, she was a researcher on cultural policy and urban development and various cultural projects at a private think-tank. Currently a board member of CIMAM. KATAOKA , she also frequently writes and gives lecture on contemporary art in Japan and Asia.


FURUMAI Yoshiko is a freelance writer and author of “18 Voices from China”; she is also a columnist for the online “Newsweek Japan.” In 1987 she moved to Hong Kong to study Cantonese and worked as an editor of a magazine reporting on the social conditions of the internet and media in China - something which was not reported on in Japan. For seven years FURUMAI has also been contributing to “Japan Mail Media”, organized by novelist MURAKAMI Ryu, introducing the Chinese social environment. FURUMAI has lived in Japan since 2014 and produces the mail magazine “ Chinese Kaleidoscope Bunbuku China.”


OKAMOTO Yuka is an editor, culture producer, activist, Kaze Kobo organizer and “Exhibition of Unfreedom of Expression” committee co-representative. She is part of the Fight for Justice “comfort women” issue web site steering committee, a “YASUKUNISM of East Asia” Exhibition committee co-representative, and a “One for All, All for One” documentary film co-producer. She reported on the regulations on expression of Gwangju Biennale 2014 in “The Monthly AIDA” magazine.

Round Table 3

[Date] March 26 (Sat.) 13:00-16:00
[Venue] 3331 Arts Chiyoda, 6-11-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
[Admission] ¥ 1,500 (¥700 For exhibition ticket holders / Free admission for students)
*Japanese/ English consective interpretation available

Construction of Fear

Why can’t we communicate politically with both close and distant neighbors? It may be because we fear each other. We therefore discuss and identify factors of fear in daily life on both conscious and unconscious levels, in the realm of speech and media. We also try to discover approaches which will help us coexist despite friction between the three countries.

SASAKI Toshinao

SASAKI Toshinao is a critic, journalist, and author of “The layering world” and “To the Era of Gentle Realism.” He enrolled in Waseda University, department of Political Science & Economics in 1981 and joined an experiment in networking and the internet citizen movement. He joined The Mainichi Newspaper, was in charge of reporting on the Metropolitan Police Department and he reported extensively on the Aum Shinrikyo incident, the Japanese embassy hostage crisis in Peru and the Tourism Crisis in Luxor, Egypt. He joined ASCII Corporation and worked at “the Monthly ASCII” desk. He has been an independent journalist since 2003.

ASANO Toyomi

ASANO Toyomi is currently a professor of Japanese political history at the School of Political Science and Economics of Waseda University in Tokyo. He graduated from the doctoral course at Tokyo University in 1998 and became a professor in Chukyo University in 2000. He was a visiting fellow at Harvard University in 1994, at Academia Sinica in Taiwan 1999, Sigur Center of George Washington University in 2006-7, and at the Asiatic Research Center in Korea University in 2009. In 2009, he won the 25th Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize and the Yoshida Shigeru Prize for his book “Teikoku Nihon no Shokuminchi Hosei (The Colonial Legal System of the Japanese Empire).” He also affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson Center as a formal fellow in 2015.

ASO Seichiro

ASO Seichiro was born in Fukuoka in 1966. He graduated from the Department of Literature, Tokyo University and has written many articles about Chinese civil society, Chinese modern art and interpersonal relationships between Japan and China. He established the NPO ‘Asia Commons’ which promotes interpersonal relationships in East Asia. Publications include “The Beijing art village” and “What do the Chinese really think of the Japanese?.”

SHIN Taejun

SHIN Taejun is a representative Director of Living in Peace. Having graduated from Korea University and Waseda Graduate School of Finance, SHIN started his career at Morgan Stanley in 2006 and then worked as an investment professional at Unison Capital from 2010 to 2013. He founded his own company providing microfinance services for the under-privileged living in developing countries. While working for the finance industry, in 2007 SHIN founded Living in Peace, creating the first microfinance investment fund in Japan’s history, supporting children living without their parents. SHIN has authored eight books about finance, child welfare, innovation and running. SHIN is a finisher of the 1648 km ultra-marathon and also holds the highest grade of Go, an Asian board game. He speaks Japanese, Korean and English.

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