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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





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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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・Tokyo:Sat. 8/18 Polepole Higashinakano 
・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
▽Map:https://demachiza.com/access
▽Fee:https://demachiza.com/price
▽Venue TEL: 075-203-9862、FAX: 075-320-2526、E-mail: info@demachiza.com
▽Venue HP:https://demachiza.com/

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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