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2022

Article introducing the Cabinet Office Moonshot R&D Program Goal 9 (Program Director: Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai) Appeared in Bunka Jiho

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai was appointed as Program Director (PD) for Goal 9 of the Cabinet Office Moonshot R&D Program: ‘Realization of a mentally healthy and dynamic society by increasing peace of mind and vitality by 2050’. An article on this project appeared in Bunka Jiho (April 22, 2022, pages 1 and 6), a newspaper specializing in religion.

 

Under this goal, the 13 selected program managers (PMs) will lead the development of science and technology (Kokoro-tech) to promote peace of mind and vitality.

 

*Click the image to see the newspaper article (Japanese version only, PDF).

Article by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai was published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia

An article by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai (Divisional Director, Uehiro Research Division) overviewing the early history of the Drukpa Kagyü School, which is also the state religion of Bhutan, has been published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion by Oxford University Press.

 

Seiji Kumagai: “Early History of the Drukpa Kagyü School,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. Oxford University Press.

 

doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199340378.013.664

https://oxfordre.com/religion/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199340378.001.0001/acrefore-9780199340378-e-664

Serial Article on Bhutanese Buddhism (Part 3) by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Published in the Newspaper Kuensel of the Kingdom of Bhutan

A serial article on Bhutanese Buddhism (Part 3) by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai (Divisional Director, Uehiro Research Division) was published in Kuensel, a national newspaper of the Kingdom of Bhutan. In this series, entitled “The Life and Legacy of Tsangpa Gyare: A three-part series,” Prof. Kumagai provides an overview of the founder of Bhutanese Buddhism, Tsangpa Gyare (1161-1211).

 

The article appeared in the printed edition of the Newspaper Kunsel (April 7, 2022, page 9) and in their online edition (April 7, 2022). https://kuenselonline.com/the-life-and-legacy-of-tsangpa-gyare-2/

 

In the last part of the serial articles, Prof. Kumagai outlines the establishment of the main monasteries by Tsangpa Gyare, the founder of Bhutanese Buddhism, the training of his disciples, and his later years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Click on the image to view the newspaper article (English version, PDF).

 

 

Interview with Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Appeared in Bunkajiho

An interview with Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai (Divisional Director, Uehiro Research Division for Ethics and Spirituality) appeared in the Bunkajiho, a newspaper specializing in religion (March 8, 2022, page 2). He was interviewed regarding the withdrawal of operations by the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji sect at the Asoka Vihara Hospital (Joyo City, Kyoto Prefecture), a stand-alone palliative care hospital.

 

The hospital opened 10 years ago as a Buddhist hospice, but the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji sect, the governing body of the hospital, decided to withdraw from the operation. In the interview article, Prof. Kumagai states that while the withdrawal from the operation itself is regrettable, there are many aspects of the past challenges and achievements to date that should be evaluated. He also argues that the accumulation of these achievements, including the issues involved, could be passed on to future generations, leading to significant social contributions.

 

 

*Click on the image to view the newspaper article (in Japanese, PDF).

Serial Article on Bhutanese Buddhism (Part 2) by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Published in the Newspaper Kuensel of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

A serial article on Bhutanese Buddhism (Part 2) by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai (Divisional Director, Uehiro Research Division) was published in Kuensel, a national newspaper of the Kingdom of Bhutan. In this series, entitled “The Life and Legacy of Tsangpa Gyare: A three-part series,” Prof. Kumagai provides an overview of the founder of Bhutanese Buddhism, Tsangpa Gyare (1161-1211).

 

The article appeared in the printed edition of the Newspaper Kunsel (April 2, 2022, page 8) and in their online edition (April 2, 2022).

 

https://kuenselonline.com/the-life-and-legacy-of-tsangpa-gyare/

 

In the second part of the serial articles, Prof. Kumagai outlines the history of Tsangpa Gyare, the founder of Bhutanese Buddhism, from his childhood to his student and training years. This article also includes pictures of ruins where Tsangpa Gyare was born and spent his childhood. Based on ancient documents, Prof. Kumagai located and discovered these sites, and he was the first in the world to publish these locations in photographs (Kumagai 2018). 

*Click on the image to view the newspaper article (English version, PDF).

Serial Article on Bhutanese Buddhism (Part 1) by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Published in Bhutanese Newspaper Kuensel

A serial article on Bhutanese Buddhism (Part 1) by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai (Divisional Director, Uehiro Research Division) was published in Kuensel, a national newspaper of the Kingdom of Bhutan. In this series, Prof. Kumagai gives an overview of the founder of Bhutanese Buddhism, Tsangpa Gyare (1161-1211), in the article entitled “The Life and Legacy of Tsangpa Gyare: A three-part series.”

 

This article appeared in the printed edition of the Newspaper Kunsel (March 30, 2022, page 7) and in the online edition (March 30, 2022).

 

https://kuenselonline.com/the-life-and-legacy-of-tsangpa-gyare-a-three-part-series/

 

This article, the first of a total of three articles in the series, outlines the history of Bhutanese Buddhism.

 

*Click on the image to view the newspaper article (English version, PDF).

Project Managers for the Cabinet Office Moonshot R&D Program (Goal 9), for which Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Was Appointed as Program Director, Have Been Selected

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai was appointed as Program Director (PD) for Goal 9 of the Cabinet Office Moonshot R&D Program: ‘Realization of a mentally healthy and dynamic society by increasing peace of mind and vitality by 2050’. The Project Managers (PM) for Goal 9 have now been selected.

 

A total of 13 research projects, which will take up the challenge of achieving this goal from diverse angles, were selected. These research projects will be able to transcend the walls between the humanities and sciences, and range from molecular biology and neuroscience to the humanities and social sciences. Furthermore, they will integrate the wisdom of humanity, such as traditional wisdom, music, and art. That is, these research projects have the potential to increase peace and vitality on various scales, including individual, group, and societal.

 

Moonshot Goal 9 as a whole will elucidate the “mechanisms of the mind” at various levels and develop “state transition technology” for the mind, which will be implemented in society to contribute to the well-being of people and society.

 

 

Project Managers and R&D Project Names (Japanese)

*Click on the image below to view a larger version (PDF).

  

*For more information, please refer to the following websites (Japanese Version Only):

Cabinet Office

https://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/stmain/20220329ms.html

 

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

https://www.jst.go.jp/pr/info/info1553/pdf/info1553.pdf

 

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Will Give a Lecture on April 15th, 2022 for the Kyoto University Open Lecture Series “Facing AI” (2022 Spring Semester)

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai (Divisional Director, Uehiro Research Division for Ethics and Spirituality) will give a lecture for the Kyoto University Open Lecture Series (2022 Spring Semester), which will be held at the Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall on April 15th, 2022.

 

This lecture series is offered free of charge to the general public in order to inform a wide range of people both inside and outside the university about the intellectual resources of Kyoto University (in Japanese).

 

The theme of Prof. Kumagai’s lecture is “The Future of Kokoro through the Fusion of Tradition and Technology: AI Based on Traditional Wisdom and the Psyche Navigation System.” Prof. Kumagai specializes in Buddhist studies, namely in the humanities, while also pursuing interdisciplinary research with several scientific fields, including artificial intelligence. In his open lecture, he will focus on AI in particular and discuss how traditional wisdom may contribute to future society by combining tradition, science, and technology, introducing specific examples.

 

No fee is required. Please access the link below for more information (Japanese version only) and register in advance.

 

https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/event/2022-03-07a

 

Interview with Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Appeared in Kyoto Shimbun

An interview with Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai (Divisional Director, Uehiro Research Division for Ethics and Spirituality) appeared in the Kyoto Shimbun, both in print (March 17, 2022, page 27) and online (March 20, 2022). The title of the article is “Developing a ‘Super Preaching Machine’ Using AI: Kyoto University’s Eminent Scholar Talks about the Fusion of Religion and Science”, and it highlighted attempts to make the study of religion more effective not only within the framework of the humanities, but also by integrating it with science. In particular, the article introduces two new technologies which have been developed mainly by Prof. Kumagai: the AI-based Chatbot “Buddhabot”, and the Psyche Navigation System (PNS), which navigates the mind toward happiness.

 

*Information of the article

Kyoto Shimbun Online Edition (March 20, 2022)

https://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/articles/-/750452

 Kyoto Shimbun (March 17, 2022, page 27)

 

 The Psyche Navigation System has also been introduced in the following media (Japanese version only):

https://note.com/bunkajiho/n/nbf65d2fffcdd (Bunkajijo)

https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/news/2021-05-18 (Kyoto University Website)

https://cpms.kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ (Psyche Navigation System Website)

and many more.

 

*TV appearances

NHK TV News Program (May 22nd, 2021)

and many more.

 

The AI-based chatbot “Buddhabot” has already been introduced in the following media:

*Websites

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/photo/38954863 (*English version/Asahi Shimbun)

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210424/p2a/00m/0sc/021000c (*English version/Mainichi Shimbun)

https://hk.on.cc/hk/bkn/cnt/intnews/20210327/bkn-20210327213028488-0327_00992_001.html (*Chinese version/RTHK News)

https://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/china_world/20210328/00180_035.html (*Chinese version/昔日東方)

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210327/k10012938991000.html (*Japanese version/NHK)

https://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/articles/-/537180*Japanese version/Kyoto Shimbun

https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/research-news/2021-03-26-3 (*Japanese version/Kyoto University Website)

and many more.

 

*TV and radio appearances

NHK’s Morning Information TV Program Asa-Ichi

NHK Radio News Program

FM Radio Station J-WAVE, “JK RADIO TOKYO UNITED”

and many more.

An Article on the New Book by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai, Entitled “The Traditional Tibetan Wisdom of Bon Religion: Surviving as the Weak,” Was Published in Chugai Nippo

An article on the new book by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai, entitled “The Traditional Tibetan Wisdom of Bon Religion: Surviving as the Weak” (Japanese version, Sogensha), was published in Chugai Nippo.

https://www.chugainippoh.co.jp/article/kanren/books/20220218-004.html

 

The book proposes the view that the “flexibility and resilience” of the Bon Religion may provide hints for living in uncertain times after the COVID-19 pandemic, since it teaches about coming to terms with an opposing party, rather than trying to defeat them.

 

 

Prof. Kumagai’s new book “The Traditional Tibetan Wisdom of Bon Religion: Surviving as the Weak” has already been featured in the following media (in Japanese):

 Chugai Nippo (February 18, 2022, page 7)

Kyoto University Website

https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/research-news/2022-01-20

Kyoto University Twitter

https://twitter.com/univkyoto/status/1484063936064503808?cxt=HHwWgIC-0a6SupgpAAAA

2021

“Moonshot Goal 9,” for which Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai serves as Program Director, featured in Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun

The Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, dated November 26, 2021, published a piece on “Moonshot Goal 9”: the Realization of a Spiritually Rich and Dynamic Society by 2050, through Increased Peace and Vitality (Japanese version only). Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai serves as Program Director (PD) for this goal.

https://www.nikkan.co.jp/articles/view/00619749

For this goal, research and development on the understanding of mental states and state transition technology will be conducted with the following attitudes: strongly encouraging the integration of the humanities and sciences, and realizing a spiritually rich and dynamic society by increasing peace of mind and vitality through “integrated knowledge” that combines science and technology with the humanities and social sciences.

*For more information, please refer to the website of the Cabinet Office (Japanese Version Only):
 (URLhttps://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/moonshot/sub9.html
 (URLhttps://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/siryo/haihui057/haihu-057.html

*Kyoto University Press Release:
(http://kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/d1c873b9e3bed3bb24268351c460477a-1.pdf)

Video Explaining the R&D Policy of Moonshot Goal 9 (Program Director: Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai) Has Been Released.

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai has become the Program Director for Moonshot Goal 9: the Realization of a Spiritually Rich and Dynamic Society by 2050, through Increased Peace and Vitality. A video explaining the R&D policy of Moonshot Goal 9 has been released.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EQCk3Nz5Hg
 

Moonshot Goal 9 is currently seeking a Project Manager (PM) to conduct research and development.

*Details of Public Offering (Japanese version only)
https://www.jst.go.jp/moonshot/koubo/202111/

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Appointed as Program Director of Moonshot Goal 9: the Realization of a Spiritually Rich and Dynamic Society by 2050, through Increased Peace and Vitality

With the advancement of science and technology, humanity can enjoy material wealth. However, various problems related to the “mind” remain unsolved, and many people still live with pain and suffering. Without the goal of “mental well-being” as the destination of scientific and technological development, humanity will not be able to realize true happiness, no matter how much science develops in the future.

 

In January 2021, a joint proposal by the research group (Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai, Senior Lecturer Yoshiyuki Ueda, Associate Professor Hiromitsu Awano (Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University), Professor Noriyuki Miura (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University) et al.) was selected as a project of the MILLENNIA program (Multifaceted investigation challenge for new normal initiatives program), held by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) as one of the Moonshot R & D projects. Their team conducted a six-month research study, and as a result, two new Moonshot Goals (8 & 9) were decided by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office, on September 28, 2021. The results of the research conducted by Associate Professor Kumagai and his colleagues in the MILLENNIA program were applied to Moonshot Goal 9: the Realization of a Spiritually Rich and Dynamic Society by 2050, through Increased Peace and Vitality.

 

On November 9, 2021, JST started recruiting Program Managers for Moonshot Goals (8 & 9). Among them, Associate Professor Kumagai will be appointed as the Program Director for Moonshot Goal 9. With this goal, research and development on the understanding of mental states and state transition technology will be conducted with the following attitudes: strongly encouraging the integration of the humanities and sciences, and realizing a spiritually rich and dynamic society by increasing peace of mind and vitality through “integrated knowledge” that combines science and technology with the humanities and social sciences.

 

 

*For more information, please refer to the website of the Cabinet Office (Japanese Version Only):
 (URLhttps://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/moonshot/sub9.html
 (URLhttps://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/siryo/haihui057/haihu-057.html

 

*Please refer to the JST website for details on the Moonshot Goals (Japanese Version Only):
 (URLhttps://www.jst.go.jp/moonshot/koubo/

 

*Kyoto University Press Release:
(http://kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/d1c873b9e3bed3bb24268351c460477a-1.pdf)

Dr. Chihiro Hatanaka Received the Kawai Hayao Award by the Japan Association of Sandplay Therapy

The 34th Annual Conference of the Japan Association of Sandplay Therapy was held on October 9-10, 2021. The event was originally scheduled to be held in Saga, but in light of the recent social situation, the entire event was held online. At this conference, Dr. Chihiro Hatanaka (Senior Lecturer, Uehiro Research Division for Ethics and Spirituality) received the Kawai Hayao Award for 2021.

 This award was established in the name of the founder of the association, Prof. Hayao Kawai, to encourage outstanding research and practical activities on sandplay therapy and related techniques. The following five papers were selected for this year’s award, all of which are the result of ongoing research at KRC:

 ◆ Single-Author Papers
“From Dual Personalities to Reflected Adult Consciousness in the Psychotherapy of Dissociative Identity Disorder: The Dialectic Movement between Fake and Real”
Archives of Sandplay Therapy, Vol. 25 (3)

“Ambiguity of Images Produced by Pervasive Developmental Disorder Patients: “Uncertain Response” in the Rorschach Test.” Archives of Sandplay Therapy, Vol. 26 (2)

 

◆ Joint papers
“The Importance and Possibilities of Psychological Interview of Parents for Play Therapy with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Archives of Sandplay Therapy, Vol. 29 (2)

“Features of Cases of Children Who Were Not Evaluated for Autism Spectrum Disorder Despite Being Diagnosed as Having ASD.” Archives of Sandplay Therapy, Vol. 29 (2)

“A Case Study with Empirical Verification on the Effects of Play Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Significance of Fusion and Separation, and Evil.” Archives of Sandplay Therapy, Vol. 30 (1)

 

Dr. Hatanaka’s speech was posted on the Japan Association of Sandplay Therapy website (for members only).




Introduction at the Symposium on Moonshot Goals (held on May 22, 2021), Entitled “Realization of a Society where Peace and Vitality Coexist through the Psyche Navigation System,” Now Available on YouTube

On May 22nd, 2021, the Symposium on Moonshot Goals (Theme: Mental States in Extreme Situations) was held. A video of the introduction, entitled “Realization of a Society where Peace and Vitality Coexist through the Psyche Navigation System,” is now available on YouTube.

 

 

Presenters:
Seiji Kumagai (Associate Professor, KRC)
Noriyuki Miura (Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University)
Hiromitsu Awano (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University)
Yoshiyuki Ueda (Senior Lecturer, KRC)

Article about Moonshot Goals, Proposed by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai and Senior Lecturer Yoshiyuki Ueda et al., Published in Chugai Nippoh

An article on the Moonshot proposal, which was selected by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation of the Cabinet Office (CSTI), for the 9th Moonshot goal (the realization of a spiritually rich and dynamic society by 2050, through increased peace and vitality), was published in Chugai Nippoh (Japanese version only).

This is a joint proposal by the research group (Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Senior Lecturer Yoshiyuki Ueda, Associate Professor Hiromitsu Awano (Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University), Professor Noriyuki Miura (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University) et al.) and two other research groups led by Associate Professor Shima Okada (Ritsumeikan University) and Tomomi Nishimoto (Conductor and Stage Director / Keio University).

https://www.chugainippoh.co.jp/article/news/20210929-003.html

 

The 9th Moonshot goal has already been introduced in the following media (Japanese versions only):
CSTI Website
https://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/siryo/haihui057/haihu-057.html
NHK NEWS WEB
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210916/k10013262391000.html
Yomiuri Shimbun Online
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/78a95a6aa48a2b6c58d6b9d22d91e083c05fe4af

  

The Psyche Navigation System has also been introduced in the following media (Japanese versions only):
https://note.com/bunkajiho/n/nbf65d2fffcdd (Bunkajijo)
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/news/2021-05-18 (Kyoto University Website)
https://cpms.kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ (Psyche Navigation System Website)
and many more.

 

 

The AI-based chatbot “Buddhabot” has already been introduced in the following media:
*Websites
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/photo/38954863 (*English version/Asahi Shimbun)
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210424/p2a/00m/0sc/021000c (*English version/Mainich Shimbun)
https://hk.on.cc/hk/bkn/cnt/intnews/20210327/bkn-20210327213028488-0327_00992_001.html (*Chinese version/RTHK News)
https://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/china_world/20210328/00180_035.html (*Chinese version/昔日東方)
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210327/k10012938991000.html (*Japanese version/NHK)
https://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/articles/-/537180*Japanese version/Kyoto Shimbun
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/research-news/2021-03-26-3(*Japanese version/Kyoto University Website)
https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/kansai/news/20210804-OYO1T50021/ (Yomiuri Shimbun Website)
and many more.

*TV and radio appearances
NHK’s Morning Information TV Program Asa-Ichi
NHK Radio News Program
FM Radio Station J-WAVE, “JK RADIO TOKYO UNITED”
and many more.

Proposal by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai, Senior Lecturer Yoshiyuki Ueda et al. was Selected as a Finalist for the Next Moonshot Goals.

The research group (Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai, Senior Lecturer Yoshiyuki Ueda, Associate Professor Hiromitsu Awano (Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University), Professor Noriyuki Miura (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University) et al.) made a joint proposal with two other research groups led by Associate Professor Shima Okada (Ritsumeikan University) and Tomomi Nishimoto (Conductor and Stage Director / Keio University).

 

This proposal was selected by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation of the Cabinet Office (CSTI) as a finalist for the next moonshot goal. In this proposal, they refer to the realization of a spiritually rich and dynamic society by 2050, through increased peace and vitality.

 

This matter has been reported on in the following media (Japanese version only).
CSTI Website
https://www8.cao.go.jp/cstp/gaiyo/yusikisha/20210916.html

NHK NEWS WEB
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210916/k10013262391000.html

Yomiuri Shimbun Online
https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/science/20210916-OYT1T50196/

Short Video Introducing the Psyche Navigation System Now Available on YouTube

A short video introducing the Psyche Navigation System (PNS), which is being developed by the research group conducted by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai and Senior Lecturer Yoshiyuki Ueda, is now available on YouTube.

 

This project aims to develop AI and feedback technology called PNS which estimates a person’s state of mind through the sensing of body and spatial information, and enables people to fully demonstrate their performance, realizing a society where peace and vitality coexist. In addition, this project will provide personalized support techniques that reduce people’s anxiety by preventing negative emotions and loss of motivation, instead, making people feel normal or motivated even in situations where they feel high tension.

 

 

A full-length introduction video will be released in the near future.

 

*Psyche Navigation System Website
https://cpms.kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai was featured on the web magazine “That’s Kyo-dai” edited by the Public Relations Division of Kyoto University

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai was featured on the special website “That’s Kyo-dai,” which showcases the appealing culture of Kyoto University.

 

The article, entitled “Buddha’s Wisdom in AI!? What is the future society created by the harmony of cyber, physical and mind?,” introduces Prof. Kumagai’s profile and his latest research achievements, such as the AI-Based Chatbot “Buddhabot” and the Psyche Navigation System.

 

https://www.thats.pr.kyoto-u.ac.jp/2021/08/25/11629/ (That’s Kyodai, Japanese version only)

 

*Related social media posts (Japanese)
https://twitter.com/univkyoto/status/1430344562715754500 (Kyoto University’s Twitter)
https://www.facebook.com/Kyoto.Univ/posts/3554850067989473 (Kyoto University’s Facebook)

 

 

The AI-based chatbot “Buddhabot” has already been introduced in the following media:

*Websites
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/photo/38954863 (*English version/Asahi Shimbun)
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210424/p2a/00m/0sc/021000c (*English version/Mainich Shimbun)
https://hk.on.cc/hk/bkn/cnt/intnews/20210327/bkn-20210327213028488-0327_00992_001.html (*Chinese version/RTHK News)
https://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/china_world/20210328/00180_035.html (*Chinese version/昔日東方)
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210327/k10012938991000.html (*Japanese version/NHK)
https://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/articles/-/537180*Japanese version/Kyoto Shimbun
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/research-news/2021-03-26-3(*Japanese version/Kyoto University Website)
https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/kansai/news/20210804-OYO1T50021/ (Yomiuri Shimbun Website)
…and many more.

*TV and radio appearances
NHK’s Morning Information TV Program Asa-Ichi
NHK Radio News Program
FM Radio Station J-WAVE, “JK RADIO TOKYO UNITED”
…and many more.

 

The Psyche Navigation System has also been introduced in the following media (Japanese version only):
https://note.com/bunkajiho/n/nbf65d2fffcdd (Bunkajijo)
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/news/2021-05-18 (Kyoto University Website)
https://cpms.kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ (Psyche Navigation System Website)
…and many more.

Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka and Assistant Professor Masataka Nakayama Gave Lectures at the 11th Science Café “Fre-demic”

Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka and Program-Specific Assistant Professor Masataka Nakayama gave lectures entitled “Mental Health Care in the Age of SNS: LINE Counseling within Companies” at the 11th “Fre-demic Café” held at the Kyoto Research Park on July 16th, 2021. The Fre-demic Café is a science café for the general public with lectures by researchers.

 

In the first half of the lecture, Senior Lecturer Hatanaka spoke about the background and significance of SNS counseling via the LINE app, and introduced the “LINE Counseling Room” which was launched by KRC. In the latter half of the lecture, Assistant Professor Nakayama discussed the significance of counseling services in companies based on the results of a survey analysis. In addition, he introduced the results of joint research with Osaka Prefecture on LINE counselling  conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. A lively discussion with the audience was held and a wide range of topics were discussed, including the significance and potential of LINE counseling in companies and analysis technology. Questionnaires collected after the discussion showed that the audience were highly satisfied with this event.

 

Venue


Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka


Program-Specific Assistant Professor Masataka Nakayama

 

 

Article about “Buddhabot,” an AI-Based Chatbot Developed by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai et al., Has Been Published in the Yomiuri Shimbun

An article about “Buddhabot, an AI based chatbot developed by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai et al., has been published in the Yomiuri Shimbun.

 

Article in the Yomiuri Shimbun Online (dated August 4th, 2021, Japanese version)
https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/kansai/news/20210804-OYO1T50021/

 

The AI-based chatbot “Buddhabot” has already been introduced in the following media:
*Websites
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/photo/38954863 (*English version/Asahi Shimbun)
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210424/p2a/00m/0sc/021000c (*English version/Mainich Shimbun)
https://hk.on.cc/hk/bkn/cnt/intnews/20210327/bkn-20210327213028488-0327_00992_001.html (*Chinese version/RTHK News)
https://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/china_world/20210328/00180_035.html (*Chinese version/昔日東方)
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210327/k10012938991000.html (*Japanese version/NHK)
https://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/articles/-/537180*Japanese version/Kyoto Shimbun
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/research-news/2021-03-26-3(*Japanese version/Kyoto University Website)
and many more.

 

*TV and radio appearances
NHK’s Morning Information TV Program Asa-Ichi
NHK Radio News Program
FM Radio Station J-WAVE, “JK RADIO TOKYO UNITED”
and many more.

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Appeared Live on NHK Radio News Program to Introduce the “Psyche Navigation System” and AI-based Chatbot “Buddhabot”  

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai appeared live on NHK Radio News Program to introduce the joint development of “Psyche Navigation System” and the AI-based chatbot “Buddhabot.”

 

In the wake of the COVID-19 disaster, mental health care has become increasingly important. Prof. Kumagai reported on the development team’s desire to bring peace and vitality to people and society by developing the Psyche Navigation System, which combines traditional wisdom and technology in anticipation of the age of the mind, as well as their specific development plans.

 

In addition, Prof. Kumagai also introduced the development schedule for the AI-based chatbot “Buddhabot,” which is one of the technologies that will be utilized in the Psyche Navigation System. He also discussed possible applications for the chatbot in different fields. He said that the Buddhabot could make waves in the Buddhist community, as Buddhism has seemingly drifted away from people’s ordinary life.

 

The Psyche Navigation System is being developed mainly by Seiji Kumagai (Associate Professor, KRC), Yoshiyuki Ueda (Senior Lecturer, KRC), Noriyuki Miura (Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University) and Hiromitsu Awano (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University).

 

Regarding “Buddhabot,” the core members of development team are Seiji Kumagai (Associate Professor, KRC), Koshin Higashifushimi (Deputy Chief Priest, Tendai School Shoren-in Temple), and Toshikazu Furuya (CEO, Quantum Analytics Inc.).

 

 

Psyche Navigation System was also introduced in the following media (Japanese version only):
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/kansai-news/20210522/2000046025.html (NHK)
https://www.chugainippoh.co.jp/article/news/20210521-001.html (Chugainippoh)
https://note.com/bunkajiho/n/nbf65d2fffcdd (Bunkajijo)
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/news/2021-05-18 (Kyoto University Website)
https://cpms.kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ (Psyche Navigation System Website)
…and many more.

 

Buddhabot was also introduced in the following media:
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/photo/38954863 (*English version/Asahi Shimbun)
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210424/p2a/00m/0sc/021000c (*English version/Mainich Shimbun)
https://hk.on.cc/hk/bkn/cnt/intnews/20210327/bkn-20210327213028488-0327_00992_001.html (*Chinese version/RTHK News)
https://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/china_world/20210328/00180_035.html (*Chinese version/昔日東方)
https://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/articles/-/537180(*Japanese version/Kyoto Shimbun)
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/research-news/2021-03-26-3(*Japanese version/Kyoto University Website)
…and many more.

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Appeared on NHK’s Morning Information TV Program Asa-Ichi (First in the Morning) to Introduce AI-based Chatbot “Buddhabot”

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai appeared on NHK’s morning information TV program, Asa-Ichi (First in the Morning). He introduced the AI-based Chatbot “Buddhabot,” discussed its developmental status, and gave a demonstration.

Buddhabot was also introduced in the following media:
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/photo/38954863 (*English version/Asahi Shimbun)
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210424/p2a/00m/0sc/021000c (*English version/Mainich Shimbun)
https://hk.on.cc/hk/bkn/cnt/intnews/20210327/bkn-20210327213028488-0327_00992_001.html (*Chinese version/RTHK News)
https://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/china_world/20210328/00180_035.html (*Chinese version/昔日東方)
https://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/articles/-/537180(*Japanese version/Kyoto Shimbun)
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/research-news/2021-03-26-3(*Japanese version/Kyoto University Website)
…and many more.

Symposium on Moonshot Goals Reported on NHK News

 Highlights of the symposium “Moonshot Goals: Mental States in Extreme Situations” held on May 22nd, 2021 were covered by NHK News on the same day.

 

At the symposium, the concept of the Psyche Navigation System, developed by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai, Senior Lecturer Yoshiyuki Ueda, Professor Noriyuki Miura (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University), and Associate Professor Hiromitsu Awano (Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University) et al., was introduced. This was followed by three presentations from leading figures in various fields, Dai Tamesue, (former athlete, CEO of Deportare Partners), Program-Specific Professor Takao Doi (astronaut, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Kyoto University), and Professor Hiroshi Amano (Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics, Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability, Nagoya University).

 

*Related Sites (Japanese version only)

Article on NHK News Web
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/kansai-news/20210522/2000046025.html

 

Information on the Moonshot Goals Symposium
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/kansai-news/20210522/2000046025.html

 

Press Release of Psyche Navigation System
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/news/2021-05-18

 

Website of Psyche Navigation System
https://cpms.kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/

 

The Symposium on Moonshot Goals “Mental States in Extreme Situations” Was Held

The Symposium on Moonshot Goals, “Mental States in Extreme Situations,” was held online on May 22nd, 2021. Approximately 350 viewers participated in the event in total. This symposium was held as part of the “Moonshot R&D Program” led by the Cabinet Office.

 

In this project, the government sets ambitious, captivating moonshot goals for social issues like super-aging societies or global warming, and promotes challenging research and development. In order to select new moonshot targets, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) publicly invited teams to consider the targets. Twenty-one research teams were selected and are now conducting research and studies to materialize their ideas.

 

The research team, headed by Seiji Kumagai (Associate Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University) and led by Noriyuki Miura (Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University), Hiromitsu Awano (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University), and Yoshiyuki Ueda (Senior Lecturer, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University), is working on the development of the Psyche Navigation System (PNS), which uses sensors and AI technology to estimate a person’s mental and physical state and guide them to maintain an ideal mental state so that they can fully demonstrate their performance. Researchers in the fields of Buddhism, psychology, and information technology are working together to find ways to create peace and vitality by combining traditional wisdom about the mind with the latest technology.

 

In this symposium, three presenters, Dai Tamesue, (former athlete, CEO of Deportare Partners), Takao Doi (astronaut, Program-Specific Professor, Graduate Schools of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Kyoto University), and Hiroshi Amano (Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics, Professor, Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability, Nagoya University), were invited to speak about their experience in dealing with emotions in extreme states.

 

In his opening remarks, Nobuhiro Tokito (Executive Vice-President of Kyoto University) mentioned that Prof. Kumagai’s research team symbolizes the creative research by Kyoto University, and expressed his hope that the knowledge cultivated by our university will be returned to society and that we at Kyoto University will make even greater strides as a world-class integrated academic institution.

 

In her closing remarks, Sachiko Kuno (Executive Vice-President of Kyoto University) encouraged us with the words “I hope that this project, which is positioned as a 30-year project to save humanity and the planet, will help Japan become a frontier in the world.”

 

*Captions

Overview of Psyche Navigation System

 

Presentation by Mr. Tamesue

 

Presentation by Prof. Doi

 

Prof. Amano giving a lecture

 

Speakers of the general discussion

 

An Article about “Psyche Navigation System,” which is Being Developed by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai and Senior Lecturer Yoshiyuki Ueda et al., Was Published in Chugai Nippoh

An article about “Psyche Navigation System,” which is being developed by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai, Senior Lecturer Yoshiyuki Ueda, Professor Noriyuki Miura (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University) and Professor Hiromitsu Awano (Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University) et al., was published on the front page of Chugai Nippoh, dated May 21st, 2021.
https://www.chugainippoh.co.jp/article/news/20210521-001.html

 

Psyche Navigation System was also introduced in the following media (Japanese version only):
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/kansai-news/20210522/2000046025.html (NHK)
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/news/2021-05-18 (Kyoto University Website)
https://cpms.kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ (Psyche Navigation System Website)

An Article about “Psyche Navigation System,” which is Being Developed by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai and Senior Lecturer Yoshiyuki Ueda et al., Was Published in Bunkajiho

An article about the “Psyche Navigation System,” a support system for peace of mind and vitality, developed by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai, Senior Lecturer Yoshiyuki Ueda, Professor Noriyuki Miura (Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University), Associate Professor Hiromitsu Awano (Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University) et al., was published in Bunkajihou on May 20th, 2021.

 

You can find the relevant page on the newspaper’s website (Japanese version only)
https://note.com/bunkajiho/n/nbf65d2fffcdd

 

The “Psyche Navigation System” has already been introduced in the following media:

*Websites
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/kansai-news/20210522/2000046025.html (*Japanese version/NHK)
https://www.chugainippoh.co.jp/article/news/20210521-001.html (*Japanese version/Chugainippoh)
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/news/2021-05-18 (*Japanese version/Kyoto University)
https://cpms.kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ *Japanese version/Psyche Navigation System

*Newspaper (Japanese version only)
Chugainippoh (front page, May 21st, 2021)

 

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Appeared on the Radio Program, “JK RADIO TOKYO UNITED” on FM Radio Station J-WAVE 81.3 FM

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai appeared on the Radio Program “JK RADIO TOKYO UNITED” (hosted by Jon Kabira) on FM radio station J-WAVE 81.3 FM. He appeared on the segment, “TAKENAKA FEATURE FOCUS,” where the host Jon Kabira makes a live phone call to a person concerned with or knowledgeable about news in Japan or around the world. Prof. Kumagai talked with Jon Kabira about the AI-based Chatbot “Buddhabot” and received some questions from him.

 

You can read their conversation on the program website (Japanese version only).

 

TAKENAKA FEATURE FOCUS “Resolve your worries with Buddha! : An AI-based Chatbot ‘Buddhabot’”
https://www.j-wave.co.jp/original/tokyounited/archives/feature-focus/2021/04/23-055547.html

 

The AI-based chatbot “Buddhabot” has already been introduced in the following:

*Websites
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/photo/38954863 (*English version/Asahi Shimbun)
https://hk.on.cc/hk/bkn/cnt/intnews/20210327/bkn-20210327213028488-0327_00992_001.html (*Chinese version/RTHK News)
https://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/china_world/20210328/00180_035.html (*Chinese version/昔日東方)
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210327/k10012938991000.html (*Japanese version/NHK)
https://www.asahi.co.jp/webnews/pages/abc_10110.html (*Japanese version/ABC TV, Asahi Broadcasting Group)
https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASP3V5HHJP3VPLBJ001.html (*Japanese version/Asahi Shimbun)
https://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/articles/-/537180 (*Japanese version/Kyoto Shimbun)
https://note.com/bunkajiho/n/nc15e5526ce25 (*Japanese version/Bunkajiho)
https://www.chugainippoh.co.jp/article/news/20210402-001.html (*Japanese version/Chugainippoh)
https://mainichi.jp/articles/20210420/k00/00m/040/112000c (Mainichi website, Japanese version)
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210424/p2a/00m/0sc/021000c (Mainichi newspaper, English website
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/research-news/2021-03-26-3 (*Japanese version/Kyoto University)
https://twitter.com/univkyoto/status/1375367937385758721 (*Japanese version/Kyoto University’s Twitter)

 

*Newspaper (Japanese version only)
Asahi Shimbun (Column in the local news page, March 27, 2021)
Kyoto Shimbun (Column in the local news page, p.3 and 31, March 27, 2021)
Bunkajiho (on the front page, April 1, 2021)
Chugainippoh (on the front page, April 2, 2021)
The Mainichi newspaper (April 21st, 2021, evening paper, page 9 (society), Japanese version only)

 

*Radio (broadcasting in Japanese)
A daytime radio program in TBS Radio (『赤江珠緒たまむすび』「週刊ニッポンの空気」) on March 29, 2021

Article about “Buddhabot,” an AI-Based Chatbot Developed by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai et al., Has Been Published in the Mainichi Newspaper

An article about “Buddhabot, an AI based chatbot developed by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai et al., has been published in the Mainichi newspaper.

 

The Mainichi newspaper (April 21st, 2021, evening paper, page 9 (society), Japanese version only)
https://mainichi.jp/articles/20210420/k00/00m/040/112000c (Mainichi website, Japanese version)
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210424/p2a/00m/0sc/021000c (Mainichi newspaper, English website

 

 

The AI-based chatbot “Buddhabot” has already been introduced in the following:

*Websites
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/photo/38954863 (*English version/Asahi Shimbun)
https://hk.on.cc/hk/bkn/cnt/intnews/20210327/bkn-20210327213028488-0327_00992_001.html (*Chinese version/RTHK News)
https://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/china_world/20210328/00180_035.html (*Chinese version/昔日東方)
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210327/k10012938991000.html (*Japanese version/NHK)
https://www.asahi.co.jp/webnews/pages/abc_10110.html (*Japanese version/ABC TV, Asahi Broadcasting Group)
https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASP3V5HHJP3VPLBJ001.html (*Japanese version/Asahi Shimbun)
https://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/articles/-/537180 (*Japanese version/Kyoto Shimbun)
https://note.com/bunkajiho/n/nc15e5526ce25 (*Japanese version/Bunkajiho)
https://www.chugainippoh.co.jp/article/news/20210402-001.html (*Japanese version/Chugainippoh)
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/research-news/2021-03-26-3 (*Japanese version/Kyoto University)
https://twitter.com/univkyoto/status/1375367937385758721 (*Japanese version/Kyoto University’s Twitter)

 

*Newspaper (Japanese version only)
Asahi Shimbun (Column in the local news page, March 27, 2021)
Kyoto Shimbun (Column in the local news page, p.3 and 31, March 27, 2021)
Bunkajiho (on the front page, April 1, 2021)
Chugainippoh (on the front page, April 2, 2021)

 

*Radio (broadcasting in Japanese)
A daytime radio program in TBS Radio (『赤江珠緒たまむすび』「週刊ニッポンの空気」) on March 29, 2021

A Research Team Consisting of Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai et al. Has Created an AI-Based Chatbot Called “Buddhabot”

The research team consisting of Seiji Kumagai (Associate Professor, KRC), Toshikazu Furuya (CEO, Quantum Analytics Inc.), Koshin Higashifushimi (Deputy Chief Priest, Tendai School Shoren-in Temple) et al. have developed an AI-based chatbot called “Buddhabot,” which answers the worries of people and social issues from a Buddhist perspective.

 

Google’s BERT algorithm was applied to this system. After machine learning of a Q&A list extracted from the ancient Buddhist scripture, Suttanipata, the “Buddhabot” has been able to answer user’s questions in sentences, although problems with accuracy still remain.

 

It is believed that Buddhism in Japan has unfortunately grown apart from people’s ordinary life and has lost its substance. The current situation is often ridiculed as “Buddhism only for a funeral.” In order to revive Buddhism, it will be necessary to restore the original role of Buddhism, namely, the teaching of how to be happy.

 

The technology of the “Buddhabot” is expected to be applied not only to academic research and the Buddhist world, but also to mental health, consulting, and education industries. It will also be applied to the “Psyche Navigation System,” a new technology developed and advocated by a research group led by Prof. Kumagai and selected as a project of the MILLENNIA program (Multifaceted investigation challenge for new normal initiatives program), held by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) as one of the Moonshot R & D project. However, there is a risk that misuse or abuse of the system could lead users down the wrong path, so careful attention is required for the public release.

 

The research results were presented at the RIEC International Symposium “When AI Meets Human Science,” held on March 12th, 2021. 

A press conference was held at Kyoto University on March 26th, 2021, and was reported by various media both in Japan and abroad.

 

*Websites
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/photo/38954863 (*English version/Asahi Shimbun)
https://hk.on.cc/hk/bkn/cnt/intnews/20210327/bkn-20210327213028488-0327_00992_001.html (*Chinese version/RTHK News)
https://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/china_world/20210328/00180_035.html (*Chinese version/昔日東方)
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210327/k10012938991000.html (*Japanese version/NHK)
https://www.asahi.co.jp/webnews/pages/abc_10110.html (*Japanese version/ABC TV, Asahi Broadcasting Group)
https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASP3V5HHJP3VPLBJ001.html (*Japanese version/Asahi Shimbun)
https://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/articles/-/537180 (*Japanese version/Kyoto Shimbun)
https://note.com/bunkajiho/n/nc15e5526ce25 (*Japanese version/Bunkajiho)
https://www.chugainippoh.co.jp/article/news/20210402-001.html (*Japanese version/Chugainippoh)
https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/research-news/2021-03-26-3 (*Japanese version/Kyoto University)
https://twitter.com/univkyoto/status/1375367937385758721 (*Japanese version/Kyoto University’s Twitter)

 

*Newspaper (Japanese version only)
Asahi Shimbun (Column in the local news page, March 27, 2021)
Kyoto Shimbun (Column in the local news page, p.3 and 31, March 27, 2021)
Bunkajiho (on the front page, April 1, 2021)
Chugainippoh (on the front page, April 2, 2021)

 

*Radio (broadcasting in Japanese)
A daytime radio program in TBS Radio (『赤江珠緒たまむすび』「週刊ニッポンの空気」) on March 29, 2021

Kyoto University’s KRC Uehiro Research Division’s 2020 Research Report Meeting held on December 6th, 2020: “A Way of Life in the COVID-19 Era, Based on Buddhism”

Kyoto University’s KRC Uehiro Research Division’s 2020 Research Report Meeting was held on December 6th, 2020. This year’s meeting included research reports and discussions centered around the theme of “A Way of Life in the COVID-19 Era, Based on Buddhism.”

In 2020, COVID-19 hit Japan and spread throughout the world, causing great confusion.

Social distance has been recommended, online systems are advancing, and the society is greatly changing. In such a situation, it is necessary for experts in various fields to pool their wisdom on how to live in the new normal, moreover, consider life in the post-COVID-19 period.

In this year’s Research Report Meeting, interdisciplinary discussions were made on the way of life in the COVID-19 era, focusing on the descriptions of Indian classical literature and Buddhist literature. This was the first time that the Research Report Meeting was held online, and there were many participants.

Opening remarks were given by Prof. Toshio Kawai (Director, KRC), followed by a welcome speech by Mr. Noboru Maruyama (Executive Director, Uehiro Foundation)”.

This year’s activities at the KRC Uehiro Research Division were introduced and reported by Prof. Yoshinori Hiroi (Vice Director, KRC), Aya Seike (Senior Lecturer, KRC) and Chihiro Hatanaka (Senior Lecturer, KRC).

Prof. Hiroi introduced social contribution activities, such as participation in the development of the happiness index in Iwate and Fukui Prefectures. In addition, under the theme of “Rebuilding Welfare Philosophy,” his report looked back on the historical development of welfare philosophy in Japan, along the lines of “welfare philosophy losing substance” and “the hollowing-out of welfare philosophy,” and included the necessity of building a new welfare philosophy to re-evaluate its relationship with nature.

Dr. Seike (medical, health and welfare) took up “the research focusing on stress management for people with dementia and their families” conducted in the project, “Ethics of Medical Care, Health and Social Welfare in the Super-Aging Society of Contemporary Japan.” She presented the results of a pilot program on psychosocial education support for pairs (people with dementia and their family) as well as a needs survey on online family caregiver support.

Dr. Hatanaka (clinical psychology) spoke about the activities of SNS counseling during this academic year, related to the project “Issues Surrounding Kokoro and Changes during Post-Growth Period.” She presented the results of a survey which showed the diversity of kokoro responses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the strength of kokoro that aims for positive changes even in such a closed social situation.

In the second half, a panel discussion for the theme “A Way of Life in the COVID-19 Era Based on Buddhism” was held. Seiji Kumagai (Associate Professor, Divisional Director, Uehiro Research Division), who served as a moderator, was in charge of the introduction. Hideki Teshima (Professor, Department of Social Studies, Kyoto Bunkyo University) and Ryuta Kikuya (Program-Specific Associate Professor, Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University) presented topics, respectively. Then, there was a discussion in which Prof. Hiroi and Dr. Takahiko Kameyama (Researcher, KRC) participated as designated speakers.

First, Prof. Kumagai gave an introduction entitled, “The Way of Life in the COVID-19 Era from the Perspective of Buddhism,” and proposed the following three viewpoints: (1) epidemic, (2) turning point of the times, and (3) Japan. In addition, he made the following two suggestions for the survival of Japanese Buddhism; Buddhism should confront social issues and continue to respond based on its Buddhist doctrine while maintaining the same perspective as the world, and Buddhism should seek to merge with cutting-edge science.

Next, Prof. Teshima presented the topic entitled “A Turning Point of the Times: Focusing on Indian Circulatory Cosmology.” Taking a macroscopic view for the theme “turning point of the times,” he introduced the cyclic cosmology (image of repeating light and dark over a long period of time – like day and night) indicated in Manu Code and Buddhist scriptures. Then, Prof. Teshima presented the following considerations based on the cosmology of India:

Events in the world are the result of “human activity” and situations can be reversed by changing people’s behavior.

In reality, however, politics and trends in society as a whole have a great influence on people’s behavior.

Therefore, human behavior does not change easily. Only when people reach a certain “pole” can they drastically reform themselves.

Prof. Kikuya then presented the topic entitled “Epidemic and Buddha – Protective scriptures and incantation formula in Indian Buddhism,” exploring the process of visualizing and dealing with epidemics as an invisible threat through stories and images. In ancient India, people believed that epidemics were caused by ogre spirits (鬼霊), and spread when those moved in accordance with peoples’ movements. Ogre spirits are generally invisible, float in the air, variable, minute, and lurk in the human body, so they were considered to be a kind of aerosol (miasma). And it was thought that gods and Buddha would appear in the good deeds of human beings with the right knowledge, and that they would bring people happiness. Prof. Kikuya suggested that if we reconsider the COVID-19 pandemic from this Indian theory of evil spirits, there might be a way to solve it through the good deeds of human beings with the right knowledge, similar to what was believed in ancient times.

The discussion was conducted with two presenters and two designated speakers, Prof. Hiroi and Dr. Kameyama. They spoke about Buddhism while reviewing it from a broader view of human history. In addition, issues faced by the current Buddhist orders in Japan were discussed, and then, a proposal was made to actively communicate official responses to social issues based on Buddhist doctrine, not just as an expression of personal feelings.

Discussion
Ryuta Kikuya, Takahiko Kameyama, Hideki Teshima, Seiji Kumagai, Yoshinori Hiroi


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Kyoto University’s KRC Uehiro Research Division’s 2020 Research Report Meeting

“A way of life in the COVID-19 era based on Buddhism”
▽Date and Time: December 6th, 2020, 14:30-17:30
▽Venue: Zoom Webinar
▽Intended audience: Researchers, students, and the general public
▽Attendees: 144

 [Related Website]

Uehiro Research Division, Kokoro Research Center
http://kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/uehiro2/

 

 

 

2020

The publication event for the new book ‘SNS Counseling Case Book: Learning How to Support Through Clinical Cases,’ which Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka helped edit and write, was held on YouTube (September 21, 2020)

The publication event for the new book ‘SNS Counseling Case Book: Learning How to Support Through Clinical Cases,’ which Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka helped edit and write, was broadcasted live on Youtube on September 21, 2020. We thank everyone who watched the broadcast in real time.

Counselors with rich experience in SNS counseling discussed a variety of topics, including what they felt about SNS counseling, difficulties, reactions to the corona pandemic, and future developments based on their daily clinical practices.

They also answered questions from readers of the book and viewers on that day, which you can watch from the archived link below.

https://youtu.be/VRWEa7YlPjY

Book: SNS Counseling Case Book: Learning How to Support Through Clinical Cases

Related Article

http://kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/20200904_hatanaka_en/

‘SNS Counseling Case Book: Learning How to Support Through Clinical Cases,’ which Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka was involved in editing and writing, has been published by Seishin-shobo.

‘SNS Counseling Case Book: Learning How to Support Through Clinical Cases,’ which Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka was involved in editing and writing, has been published by Seishin-shobo.

This book is the sequel to “The SNS Counseling Handbook” (http://kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/snscounselingbook_hatanaka_en/). The reader can learn about SNS Counseling based on actual clinical cases, as the book describes how counseling sessions utilizing SNS take place.

SNS Counseling is still a new form of psychological support. However, it is not completely different from conventional psychotherapy, rather, it provides us with a new perspective on how psychotherapy should be. Of course, what face-to-face interaction brings to us is irreplaceable, but the connections that the new channel of SNS opens up can also be valuable.

An online event was held on YouTube to commemorate the publication of this book. Details will be reported later.

 

An article by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai was published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion

An article on the life of Tsangpa Gyare (1161-1211), the founder of Drukpa Kagyü school, written by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai, was published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion (Oxford University Press). Tsangpa Gyare’s school has been the state Buddhist school in Bhutan since the 17th century.
Seiji Kumagai: “Life and Works of Tsangpa Gyare (1161-1211), Founder of the Drukpa Kagyü School,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. Oxford University Press.

Kyoto University’s KRC Uehiro Research Division’s 2019 Research Report Meeting: “Kokoro in the Age of SNS”

Kyoto University’s KRC Uehiro Research Division’s 2019 Research Report Meeting was held at the Inamori Center on December 15th, 2019. This year’s meeting included research reports and discussions centered around the theme of “Kokoro in the Age of SNS.”

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Today, many people regularly use social networking services (SNS). Given this, the 2019 Research Report Meeting presented researches from various disciplines attempting to understand of how kokoro is changing today. A full house was in attendance.

The opening remarks were given by Prof. Toshio Kawai (Director, KRC), followed by a welcome speech by Mr. Shinichi Ohara (Operations Director, the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics Education). Prof. Yoshinori Hiroi (Vice Director, KRC) then discussed the division’s basic mission and reported on his social contribution activities, such as giving a symposium lecture commemorating the first anniversary of the Korea Local Government Council. He also discussed his research regarding the post-growth age, when peoples’ interests are shifting towards sustainability and happiness, with the keywords being the separation and reunion of “economics and ethics”.

 

Prof. Hiroi’s presentation was followed by two other research presentations, one by Seiji Kumagai (Associate Professor) and another by Aya Seike (Senior Lecturer).

 

Dr. Seike discussed how research on the current super-aging society is usually applied by giving presentations on research findings and problem-solving methods, or by developing intervention strategies. Such research findings can contribute to society, such as by developing awareness-raising activities and policy recommendations. To illustrate this, she showed the results of policy trends, surveys and randomized trials regarding the development of educational methods that can foster a culture of end-of-life care and effective stress management methods for people with dementia and their families. She concluded by introducing possible directions for future research based on her results.

 

Prof. Kumagai reported on his international activities, including assisting in imperial diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Japan. He also presented the results of his research on Asian spirituality, happiness, and ethics, including a comparative study of the philosophical history of kokoro-views in Buddhism and bon (an indigenous Himalayan religion) and a historical and philosophical study on Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) policy.

In the second half of the event, there was a panel discussion comprising three presentations entitled, “Viewing the Consciousness of Our Time from the Perspective of LINE Counseling”, followed by a discussion. Prof. Kawai acted as moderator and Prof. Keiko Iwamiya (Human Sciences Department, Shimane University) as commentator.

 

The first speaker was Dr. Chihiro Hatanaka (Senior Lecturer), whose presentation was entitled “The Consciousness of Our Time and Kokoro in the Age of SNS.” She presented data and clinical cases covering several perspectives on how LINE, one of the most widespread social networking services in Japan, was able to penetrate society’s kokoro so quickly. At first glance, because it seems that people spit out their current situation or mood on LINE, one would expect their kokoro would to be divided or unstuck. But, she proposed, SNS is no longer “outside” one’s kokoro. Rather, the inside and outside of kokoro might have already become seamless.

 

Next, Prof. Yasushi Sugihara (Director, Center for Student Services, Kyoto University) gave a presentation outlining LINE-counseling project. Since the launch of the LINE-counseling service, he has acted as an academic advisor for many workplaces. He discussed the history of LINE-counseling and its initial difficulties, as well as it performs. Particularly impressive was the process showed with the simulated cases to see how clients’ kokoro was affected by the client-therapist dialogue.

 

The third speaker was Dr. Masataka Nakayama (Assistant Professor). He provided an analysis and interpretation of more than 1000 anonymized cases in his presentation, “A Data Analysis of the LINE-Counseling Project.” Although case studies are the primary methodology in the clinical psychology, the contents of such studies are not openly available to the public. The emergence of a format that can handle big data, like LINE-counseling, has opened up the possibility for deeper analysis from a cognitive science perspective in a form that guarantees anonymity.

After these three presentations, Prof. Kawai and Prof. Iwamiya joined the discussion. They discussed how, although people may think that counseling via LINE might be trivial, many users of LINE-counselling, including the younger generation, are able to talk effectively about their problems. This suggests that the tool (LINE) and its ability to offer limited consultations fit the kokoro of contemporary people.

 

The topics of discussion included SNS and contemporary consciousness, and the union of empirical research and clinical practice. One audience member asked whether or not a life force could be weakening today. The panel commented that, if one looks at the deeper, rather than the superficial effects of SNS, our psyche may have remained unchanged, though on the surface, it would be difficult to see this.

2019

Senior Lecturer Hatanaka gave a lecture entitled “The Job of Nursing and the Psyche: Aspects of Light and Shadow” at the Citizen Plaza Fukuchiyama.

On July 7th (Sun), 2019, Senior Lecturer Hatanaka gave a lecture entitled “The Job of Nursing and the Psyche: Aspects of Light and Shadow” at the Citizen Plaza Fukuchiyama.

This lecture was given as a part of project to support nurses in the northern region of Kyoto. More than 80 nurses were in attendance, most of them new to the profession.

In the lecture, she discussed how understanding and interacting with the negative aspects of their psyche can help nurses contribute to medicine in their local communities for a long time.

Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka gave a lecture at the 2019 Promotion & Support Seminar for Dietary Education in Osaka City (on May 31, 2019)

On May 31st, 2019, Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka gave a lecture at the 2019 Promotion & Support Seminar for Dietary Education in Osaka City.

The seminar was jointly held by Osaka School Lunch Association of Public Interests Foundation, the Osaka Prefectural Government’s Board of Education, the Japanese Association for Dietetic Research and Education and the Osaka Prefectural Association for Dietetic Research and Education. The audience comprised nutrition teachers working at elementary and junior high schools in Osaka Prefecture. Nowadays, the work of nutrition teachers working at schools is expanding and dietary education often serves as a form of mental health care.

 

This was the first seminar in 2019 fiscal year, and the theme was “Children seen from a psychological perspective: Children’s psyche, then and now”. Senior Lecturer Hatanaka outlined how children were understood in traditional psychology and discussed how children’s psyche is changing in relation to food.

Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka gave an oral presentation on “Aggression and adaptations of today’s university students” at the 8th conference of the Japan Association of Jungian Psychology (June 1 & 2, 2019, at Kyoto University, Kyoto City).

In this presentation, Dr. Hatanaka used psychological tests to examine the current situation, in which the younger generation has become less aggressive and assertive. In addition, the relation between the style of expressing aggression and physical and mental health was examined.

 

She presented evidence indicating that there is a relationship between one’s current/past health conditions and the expression/suppression of aggression/assertiveness. These results will be published in a paper.

 

 

Chihiro Hatanaka “Attitudes and adaptations of today’s university students” (the 8th JAJP Conference, June 1 & 2, 2019, at Kyoto University, Kyoto City).

Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka, Professor Toshio Kawai and Research Fellow Hisae Konakawa gave oral presentations at the 38th Conference of the Association of Japanese Clinical Psychology (AJCP) (from June 7th to 10th at PACIFICO Yokohama, Yokohama City)

In recent years, demand has grown for psychological counseling provided via social networking services (SNS). Consultation services using LINE was first introduced on a trial basis by some local governments in 2017, with the support of the national government, and has been gradually rising ever since.

 

Given this situation, the AJCP conference gathered experts in the field of clinical psychology to discuss the needs, basic attitudes and skills necessary for such counselling.

In addition, they presented on the current state of the field and identified future challenges, based on data analysis of earlier projects. A high demand and interest in SNS counseling was observed, with the conference rooms crowded with many audience members. This project team will continue their investigation.

 

Presentations:

Sugihara. Y., Miyata. T., Hatanaka. C., Kawai. T., Tanaka. Y., Umemura. K., Konakawa. H., Fumiyama. C.: Counseling through LINE for bullying and preventing suicide (1), Characteristics and possibility of psychological support using social networking services (the 38th AJCP conference, from June 7th to 10th at PACIFICO Yokohama, Yokohama City)

 

Miyata. T., Sugihara. Y., Kawai. T., Tanaka. Y., Hatanaka. C., Umemura. K., Konakawa. H., Fumiyama. C.: Counseling through LINE for bullying and preventing suicide (2), Discussion on how to proceed and respond in counseling with social networking services (the 38th AJCP conference, from June 7th to 10th at PACIFICO Yokohama, Yokohama City)

 

Hatanaka. C., Kawai. T., Sugihara. Y., Miyata. T., Tanaka. Y., Umemura. K., Konakawa. H., Fumiyama. C.: Counseling through LINE for bullying and preventing suicide (3), Construction of methodology based on log data (the 38th AJCP conference, from June 7th to 10th at PACIFICO Yokohama, Yokohama City)

The SNS Counseling Handbook (Yasushi Sugihara and Tomoki Miyata, eds., Seishin-shobo), featuring a chapter by Dr. Chihiro Hatanaka, has been published

This handbook is the first to discuss counseling services provided via social networking services (SNS), specifically the messaging app LINE, in Japan.

While psychological problems such as bullying, suicide and abuse have become more serious, recent changes in communication tools have reduced the number of people who use counseling services, such as telephone counseling. In response to this, counseling via SNS began to arise around 2017.

 

This book collects clinical attitudes, techniques, and knowledge that counselors should know regarding this new field of SNS counseling. Dr. Hatanaka wrote a chapter entitled “Modern youth psyche and youth culture” in which she discusses the psychological and cultural characteristics of the young generation who often utilize SNS counseling services.

 

The SNS Counseling Handbook (Yasushi Sugihara and Tomoki Miyata, eds., Seishin-shobo)

 

 

A Lecture “‘Better Safe Than Sorry’ Regarding Dementia: -Preventing and Treating Dementia-” was Given at a Symposium

Senior Lecturer Aya Seike gave a lecture and presentation entitled, “‘Better safe than sorry’ regarding dementia: -Preventing of and treating dementia-” at a symposium at the Amagasaki’s General Culture Hall on February 9, 2019.

Everyone is prone to dementia.

In recent years, dementia has been taken seriously as not just problem for other people, but also as a personal problem.
Media coverage on dementia has increased and we are surrounded by information regarding how to prevent, treat and care for dementia. However, too much information may be causing confusion about which information to trust.
During the symposium, presenters and participants discussed and learned what each one of us can do.

Dr. Takashi Sakurai, MD (Director, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, The Center for Comprehensive Care and Research on Memory Disorders), Mayer Kazumi Inamura (Mayer of Amagasaki City) and Dr. Bunzo Azuma (President, Amagasaki Medical Association) gave opening greetings.


Dr. Takashi Sakurai

Mayer Kazumi Inamura


Dr. Bunzo Azuma

The seminar


Dr. Shinji Asada (Director, Amagasaki Medical Association) and Mr. Motoyoshi Terasawa (Manager, Welfare Department of Health and Welfare Bureau) discussed Amagasaki City’s work concerning dementia, followed by a presentation by Mr. Kazuo Ando (President, Amagasaki Dementia Care Provider’s Association) and Ms. Shizuko Nanjo (Vice President, Amagasaki Dementia Care Provider’s Association).

A lecture entitled “Policy trends on dementia in Japan” was given by Mr. Norimichi Tanaka (Dementia Policy Promotion Office, Dept. of Gerontology, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare)


Dr. Shinji Asada

Mr. Motoyoshi Terasawa


Mr. Kazuo Ando, Ms. Shizuko Nanjo

Mr. Norimichi Tanaka


Dr. Sakurai gave a lecture called “Ask a doctor about prevention of dementia and treatment for people with dementia!”

The last lecture was by Dr. Aya Seike (Senior Lecturer, Uehiro Research Division, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, Visiting Researcher, The National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, The Center for Comprehensive Care and Research on Memory Disorders). Her lecture was called “Knowledge and skills you can start implementing today: ‘Care for kokoro and living’ for people with dementia and their families.” was also held.

A panel discussion entitled, “Dementia Q&As: Let’s unravel the questions!”.

Ms. Sonoko Ninomiya (Hyogo Prefecture Nursing Association, Amagasaki home visit nurse station), Ms. Hiroko Kitamura (President, Amagasaki City Care Manager Association), Dr. Seike (moderator) joined the rest of the speakers in answering questions from their perspectives.


Dr. Aya Seike

Ms. Sonoko Ninomiya


Ms. Hiroko Kitamura

Panel discussion





The event flyer


Kyoto University’s KRC Uehiro Research Division’s 2018 Research Report Meeting: “How to Live Well in a Super-Aging Society”

Kyoto University’s KRC Uehiro Research Division’s 2018 Research Report Meeting: “How to Live Well in a Super-Aging Society” was held at the Imanori Center on January 13th, 2019.

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 on “kokoro and ethics”.

This year’s meeting included research reports and discussions centered around the theme of “How to Live Well in the Super-Aging Society”.

Prof. Toshio Kawai (Center Director) gave the opening remarks, followed by a welcome speech by Mr. Noboru Maruyama (Executive Director, Uehiro Foundation).


Prof. Kawai

Exec. Director Maruyama



Prof. Yoshinori Hiroi (Professor, Vice Director, KRC) introduced the division’s basic missions. This was followed by research presentations on four projects by five researchers: Seiji Kumagai (Associate Professor), Chihiro Hatanaka (Senior Lecturer), Aya Seike (Senior Lecturer) and Hiromi Matsuba (Research Fellow).


Prof. Hiroi

Researcher Matsuba


Assoc. Prof. Kumagai

Sr. Lecturer Seike


Sr. Lecturer Hatanaka

The Report Meeting


During the panel discussion, four topics were provided by four panelists: “A new overview for the super-aging society” by Prof. Hiroi, “The possibility for mutual support arising from mutual learning” by Dr. Seike, “Projects in the Asahi district of Toyota City, where 45% of the population is elderly” by Ms. Satomi Takahashi (Assistant Manager, Toyota City Council of Social Welfare, Asahi Bureau) and “Educating the public on discussing future medical care” by Ms. Mariko Yoshida (Manager, Kyoto Prefecture Health and Welfare Division of Elderly Support Section, Regional Comprehensive Care).


Asst. Manager Takahashi

Manager Yoshida


Professor Hiroko Akiyama (Institute of Gerontology, The University of Tokyo), who was the designated debater during the general discussion, responded to questions from the audience. Questions included “How can we create a society that fosters a sense of purpose and roles for the elderly people in the era of nuclear family and divided communities?”.
Dr. Kumagai gave closing remarks as the moderator by saying that the Uehiro Research Division will continue working on their research by exchanging information and opinions not only with researchers, but also with residents in communities.


Prof. Akiyama

The Panel Discussion


2018

Dr. Konakawa Gives a Presentation at the 32nd Conference of the Japan Association of Sandplay Therapy at Niigata Seiryo University

Dr. Hisae Konakawa, a research fellow at the Kokoro Center, gave a presentation with Prof. Toshio Kawai and Dr. Chihiro Hatanaka at the 32nd conference of the Japan Association of Sandplay Therapy at Niigata Seiryo University on October 20th and 21st, 2018.

Their presentation, “Play therapy for children with developmental disabilities and a comparison of developmental tests”, discussed the KRC’s 2018 collaborative research project.  The study was conducted to quantitatively compare the process of play therapy and the results of developmental tests to objectively investigate the validity of the therapy.

The longitudinal study aims to empirically examine play therapy for children with developmental disabilities and its therapeutic mechanisms.  The results will be publishe in a future research paper.  The research results are based on the results from the Uehiro Research Division (2012-2016) and the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education.

The website for the Japan Association of Sandplay Therapy

 

Dr. Hatanaka Gives a Lecture at a Seminar for School Nutrition Staff

Dr. Chihiro Hatanaka gave a lecture at a seminar in Osaka for school nutrition staff working in the Kinki region on September 1, 2018.
School nutrition workers frequently face children’s food issues of regarding kokoro. In a lecture entitled, “Children’s eating and the development of kokoro: Developmental disorders and issues surrounding contemporary kokoro”, Dr. Hatanaka discussed developmental disorders and an approach to tackling issues of contemporary kokoro, based on the findings of projects by the Uehiro Research Division. More than 100 people were in attendance.

"The Next Guardian" Featured in Kyoto Shimbun Newspaper and Other Online News

The film “The Next Guardian”, which Dr. Seiji Kumagai (Uehiro Ethics Research Division) assisted with subtitles, was featured in the 8/23/2018 edition of Kyoto Shimbun Newspaper and other online news. (Sponsored by Kyoto University Bhutan Friendship Program)
Click the article below to read.
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8/23/18 edition of Kyoto Shimbun Newspaper

Asahi Shimbun Newspaper:https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASL8R3VKNL8RPTFC005.html
Mainichi Shimbun Newspaper:https://mainichi.jp/articles/20180730/dde/018/200/043000c
Sankei News:https://www.sankei.com/entertainments/news/180817/ent1808170011-n1.html
Fukui Shimbun Newspaper:http://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/677183
Yahoo News:https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20180708-00000015-nataliee-movi

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・Osaka:Sat. 8/25The 7th Arts Theater 
・Kyoto:Sat. 9/1Demachiza 
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Dr. Hatanaka Gives a Presentation at the IAAP/IAJS Joint Conference in Frankfurt

Dr. Chihiro Hatanaka gave a presentation at a joint conference of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) and the International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS), which was held in Frankfurt on August 2 – 5, 2018.
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Goethe University

Dr. Hatanaka’s presentation was entitled, “Empirical Research on Paradoxical Transformation in Psychotherapy”. In general, psychotherapy is considered to be an approach that helps transform negative states into positive states. However, because psychotherapy requires one to face one’s issues, during this process, symptoms can temporarily appear to get worse. Although this is natural, many people do not expect it. Just as learning new things requires hard practice and is not always fun, it is not an easy process for Kokoro to change. Dr. Hatanaka presented research investigating this mathematically, the results of which will be published in an upcoming research paper.

Dr. Hatanaka Lectures in Saga City

Dr. Chihiro Hatanaka gave lectures in Saga City on March 26th, and 27th, 2018.
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Saga City Hall

Saga City has begun their “total life support” work for people with developmental disabilities. To share the results of the Kokoro Research Center’s projects regarding developmental disabilities, Dr. Hatanaka lectured on “The state of understanding developmental disabilities from the perspective of psychotherapy”. About 100 staff members attended the lecture. The lectures were followed by a tour of the facilities and a discussion with the city hall staff.

At the Uehiro Research Division, Prof. Yoshinori Hiroi has been working closely with various municipal offices via the Arakawa Ward Municipal General Research Office’s so-called “Happiness League. The Saga City Office’s staff visited the Kokoro Research Center in May, 2018, touring the center’s facilities and participating in a discussion.

The Documentary Film "The Next Guardian" Has Been Released, Prof. Kumagai Assists with Subtitles

The Documentary Film “The Next Guardian”, has been released. Prof. Seiji Kumagai assisted with subtitles for the film. (Sponsored by Kyoto University Bhutan Friendship Program)
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Tokyo: Saturday, 8/18/18 At Polepole Higashinakano https://www.mmjp.or.jp/pole2/
Osaka: Saturday, 8/25/18 At The 7th Arts Theater http://www.nanagei.com/movie/data/1261.html
Kyoto: Saturday, 9/1/18 At Demachiza https://demachiza.com/movies/1817
Prof. Kumagai will give a special lecture entitled, “Bhutanese tradition and modernization” after the first show-time at 13:50. (The 12:30 audience will be given priority seating accommodation). https://demachiza.com/event/2064
▽Date
・Film:9/1/18 The first show-time is 12:30~13:50 2 shows a day until 9/7/18
・Lecture:9/1/18 at 13:50~(*Only the film viewers are eligible)
Demachiza
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Prof. Hiroi Presents his Report at the 2018 Uehiro-Carnegie- Oxford Conference

Prof. Yoshinori Hiroi gave a presentation during the 2018 Uehiro-Carnegie-Oxford Conference, which took place at the Carnegie Council in New York on May 17th and 18th.

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This annual conference is collaboratively sponsored by the Uehiro Foundation, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and the Oxford Uehiro Center for Practical Ethics. The theme of this year’s conference was “Ethics and the Future of Artificial Intelligence”. The conference was divided into the following 4 sessions:

Session 1: Moral Machines
Session 2: AI, Robotic and the Future of Work and Life
Session 3: Living with Robots
Session 4: Drones and Killer Robots

Researchers, companies and government officials from the USA, England, Australia and Japan gave presentations and held workshop-style discussions. Prof. Hiroi’s was among the five Japanese presenters and gave his presentation, “AI, Public Policy and Aging Society”, in Session 3.

[Related links]
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

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.
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Event Information:
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Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018 14:00-17:00
Venue: Kyoto University Inamori Center 3rd Floor, Large conference room
Fee: Free
Capacity: 100
Registration Required
Please e-mail or fax the following to
kokoro-uh*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (please replace * with @)
Name, Affiliation, Contact info (email address)
130 people were in attendance.

Dr. Hatanaka Gives a Lecture at the 2017 Nutrition Teacher Support Seminar

On September 29th and October 27th, Dr. Chihiro Hatanaka (Uehiro Research Division) gave a lecture at the 2017 Nutrition Teacher Support Seminar held by the Osaka School Lunch Association.
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The 2017 Nutrition Teacher Support Seminar
Day 1: 9/29/2017, Day 2: 10/27/2017
Place: Osaka School Lunch Association, Conference room
Topic: How to effectively utilize psychotherapy in teaching and guiding school children
Lecturer: Dr. Chihiro Hatanaka (Kyoto University Kokoro Research Center)

The theme of the lecture was how to effectively utilize psychotherapy in teaching and guiding school children.
In the seminar, Dr. Hatanaka gave lectures and conducted exercises with the nutrition teachers, nutritionists and cooks in attendance on how to relate to students, how to understand students with learning disabilities and the relationship between eating and kokoro. The attendees’ enthusiastic participation is a good sign that the techniques and knowledge gained during the seminar will be put into practice at their schools.

2017

Prof. Kawai Participates in the 36th AJCP Symposium

Professor Toshio Kawai participated as a panelist in the open symposium, “Play therapy and child care support
for children with developmental disabilities” on November 19 at the 2017 Association of Japanese Clinical Psychology conference in Yokohama.
At the symposium, the effectiveness of play therapy and child care support for children with developmental disabilities were discussed. More than 300 people were in attendance.
Prof. Kawai gave a talk from the perspective of a Jungian psychotherapist and discussed the effectiveness of a play therapeutic approach at KRC.
Traditional psychotherapy assumes the subjectivity of the client. How can play therapy bring out the subjectivity of children with developmental disabilities? Prof. Kawai pointed out the need for familial support systems, especially when the current increase in the number of the children with developmental disabilities.
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Dr. Seike Receives the Urakami Award at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Dementia Prevention

Dr. Aya Seike (Uehiro Research Division for Ethics and Spirituality) was awarded the Urakami Award for her presentation at the 7th Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Dementia Prevention in Okayama in September, 2017.
The Urakami Award is given to presentators whose outstanding research have contributed to academic excellence. The title of her presentation was “Validating the effect of the leader training program for dementia friendly community building: Mutual support and self-empowerment program development of the “Life Learning Retreat,” Intermediate Level Course”. Dr. Seike has been working on the project since 2014 at the Kokoro Research Center. This was her 2nd consecutive year receiving the award.
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