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Building an Asian Community - SATŌ Yōji, President, One Asia Foundation
Mon 27 March 2017, 16:30 – 18:30 BST
The School of East Asian Studies at The University of Sheffied
Building an Asian Community
By SATŌ Yōji, President, One Asia Foundation
The presentation will focus on the question of how to build ‘One Asia,’ examining both the philosophical as well as practical aspects of the task. Such a journey starts with questions such as where do the roots of humanity lie? What is humanity? Where is humanity heading? To arrive at answers to these questions requires us to ponder the common goals of humanity, the meaning of life, and what is reality. The world’s seven billion population differs in terms of ethnicity, nationality, religion, occupation, and so on. So we can say that, insofar as the common goal of humanity is concerned, we are searching for a universal as well as fundamental common theme. In this endeavour, we must search for a future where the scourge of war is banished from the world, where the differences arising from ethnicity, nationality and religion are overcome, and where mutual support and peace are achieved. My talk will focus on the way to realize such endeavours in the case of Asia and more broadly the globe.
SATŌ Yōji is a graduate of Waseda University, acted as editorial supervisor of Inochi no Kotoba (Tokuma Shoten, 2002) and Kabunushi no Kotoba (Tokuma Shoten, 2004) as well as editor of Ajia Kyodotai no Sosei ni Mukatte (Ashi Shobo, 2011). He has spoken at over two hundred and fifty universities in Asia and other parts of the world.
Please note: This seminar will be presented in Japanese with English translation.