Kyoto University’s Kokoro Research Center Uehiro Research Division 2017 Research Report Meeting: "The Wisdom to Live Well"
The Uehiro Research Division 2017 Research Report Meeting, “The Wisdom to Live Well”, was held on January 21, 2018 at the Inamori Center.
The Uehiro Research Division was established at KRC with the sponsorship of the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education. In this division, experts in public policy, medical welfare, clinical psychology, traditional knowledge, and philosophy conduct research regarding “kokoro and ethics”. At this year’s report meeting, which was centered around the theme “The Wisdom to Live Well”, the research report and discussions regarding “Happiness begins locally: Gross National Happiness and Japan” were presented.
Prof. Sakiko Yoshikawa (Center Director) gave the opening remarks, followed by a welcome speech by Mr. Goro Takaguchi (Managing Director, Uehiro Foundation). Prof. Yoshinori Hiroi introduced the research projects conducted by the division. Dr. Aya Seike gave a presentation entitled “Super-aging societies and current ethical issues in medical care, healthcare, and welfare: The past, present, and future”. Speaking from a clinical psychological perspective, Dr. Chihiro Hatanaka reported on her 2017 research results about aggression by current college students. It was entitled “Problems and changes of Kokoro in the post-growth era”. Dr. Seiji Kumagai gave a talk called “Asia and Japan: Our spirituality, sense of happiness, and ethical view”, in which he discussed Buddhist ontology and the results of his global work.
In the second half of the meeting, a panel discussion was conducted on “Happiness begins locally: Gross National Happiness and Japan”. Prof. Hiroi, Mr. Hiromi Inokari (Director, Research Institute for Local government by Arakawa City), Prof. Takayoshi Kusago (Kansai University) acted as moderators. Mr. Hiroyuki Fujita (Chief Resiliency Officer, Resilient City Kyoto), as the designated debater, raised the topics of how the current era shows a move from globalism to localization and the possibility of finding a better future locally.
Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018 14:00-17:00
Venue: Kyoto University Inamori Center 3rd Floor, Large conference room
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130 people were in attendance.