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Call for Proposals for the 37th (2022) Annual Conference of SIETAR Japan

Call for Proposals for the 37th (2022) Annual Conference of SIETAR Japan

Theme: Living in the “in-between”: Exploring multicultural identities and belonging
November 26-27, 2022

SIETAR Japan will hold its 37th Annual Conference on-line on November 26 (Saturday) – 27 (Sunday), 2022. This year’s conference will focus on the ways we negotiate different cultures within our workplace, our local communities and our families. We are seeking proposals that are related to the field of intercultural communication and/or reflect the conference theme. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Conference Chairs:
Michi Saki & Lisa Rogers (both Doshisha Women’s College)

Upcoming Program, June 18, 2022

ONLINE Lecture: Ukraine War and Condition of Peace

Date/Time: Saturday June 18, 2022 13:30-15:30
Language: Japanese

Outline of Lecture:
Why did the war in Ukraine occur 30 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union?
Why did the post-Cold War relationship between the U.S. and Russia, especially the issue of NATO’s eastern expansion, occur
and why has this not only become a global conflict but could also lead to a nuclear war?
Also, what are the conditions for ceasefire and peace?
All these questions will be discussed by a leading expert on Russian politics.
The content of the lecture is subject to change in accordance with the ever-changing situation.

Guest Speaker: Nobuo Shimotomai (Professor Emeritus, Hosei University, Specially Appointed Professor, Kanagawa University)
He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1971. While working as a professor at Seikei University and Hosei University, he also engaged in research activities at the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham and Harvard University.
He is the author of numerous books, including Putin Aiming for Asia: International Politics in a Time of Radical Change (2014), and Putin in Religion and Geopolitics: Russia’s Quest for a “Third Rome” (2016). He has been viewed as “the leading scholar of Russian politics.”

[Participation Fee & Registration Procedures]
Please register through Peatix and beware that your registration will not be valid without a membership number.
Peatix: https://sietar-june-program2022.peatix.com

Participation fee: 500 yen (members), 1000yen (non-members), Free (students)
Once your registration is completed, we will send you the zoom link.
We ask that you have a stable online connection.

Please contact:
Yuka Suzuki (Japanese) & Soyhan (English)
Program Directors

Secretariat: 〒162-0801 東京都新宿区山吹町358-5
E-mail: sietar-post@bunken.co.jp, Website: www.sietar-japan.org

SIETAR Japan statement on Ukraine

Dear SIETAR Japan Members and Friends,

We strongly condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. SIETAR-Japan values diversity and
freedom of expression. Seeing the current unjustified war displacing millions of people from
their homes and attacks on civilians is an international action we feel compelled to speak
out against. War should be a thing of the past, not part of a world that respects diverse
opinions, multicultural identities and values freedom of choice. It destroys lives with very
few benefits to societies. We at SIETAR-Japan will continue to be allies to those who face
injustices such as those in Ukraine. It may seem like a distant issue that has little to do with
us; however, the world is a smaller place, and thus, small actions with others can produce
far-reaching results. For more information, we can begin by educating ourselves more and
taking advantage of the worldwide SIETAR network.

SIETAR Europa will have an open discussion about the situation and how to support people
in Ukraine on March 4 from 17:00 (CET). You can find the Zoom link as well as links to other
information and support resources on the SIETAR Europa web site.

Upcoming Program, October 15, 2021



Japanese Culture-Based Intercultural Business Training
~ Time to Localise to Maximise Learning ~


Presenter: Takashi KAWATANI

 DATE: October 15, 2021

TIME:  20:00~21:30

PEATIX:  https://japaneseculturebasedibt.peatix.com/


Please contact

Amey Kulkani, Program Director, with any questions.



Mr. KAWATANI Takashi (Tak) 河谷隆司 is a cross-cultural management consultant, who has conducted intercultural management and diversity training in 20 countries for Japanese firms and government bodies including the US Navy (Yokosuka) and the Economic Development Board of Singapore.

Since 1988, Tak has been exploring various ways to “Japanize” intercultural business training (ICT). From his experience, he has found that Japanese corporate/social values-based ICT achieves more excitement and ownership of Japanese business learners.

To localise the content, he suggests trainers must reflect upon the ultimate goal of training, learners’ dilemmas for global assignments, macro-economic challenges impacting their behaviours and have compassion for the decaying self-respect.

Specifically, trainers must make extra efforts to excavate live gemba 現場 resources straight from the source (Japanese firms overseas/Japan) and integrate them into intercultural theories and models from the West.

His workshop will evolve around:

  1. How are you adapting Western values when training Japanese businesses or students?

2.What can an intercultural business trainer for Japanese firms do to be truly helpful with their confused leadership presence torn between going western or retaining Japanese styles?

  1. Viewing Tak’s video interviews with senior managers in ASEAN and diagrams of Japanese philosophies. To be shared to the participants.
  2. Group discussion and Q&A

Presenter profile

Tak has lived in Kuala Lumpur for 17 years and written a dozen books including Winning Together at Japanese Companies and パパ、コーカサスオオカブトをとって!(Dad, catch me that Rhino beetle!).

To contact Tak Kawatani, email to: successjapan@outlook.com

For his latest activities, visit: https://www.successjapanseminars.com/

You may also want to join his group Success Japan Initiative: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13933717/

The registration for the 36th Annual Conference, held online on November 27 and 28, will start on Friday, October 1, 2021.

Dear SIETAR Japan members,

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 36th Annual Conference, which will be held online on November 27 and 28, will start on Friday, October 1, 2021.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Leadership and Collaboration in Intercultural Contexts.

The conference will feature a renowned international leadership scholar, Prof. Joseph Raelin (English) and young and successful women leaders of the Setouchi Kawaii Club (Japanese).

For more details on the keynotes, please see the attached flyers.

This year, we have adopted an early bird system for conference registration.

SJ members who register during the early bird period from October 1 – November 8 midnight can take advantage of the special reduced rate of ¥3,000. Students who register during the early bird period are free.

After 24:00 (JST) on Monday, November 8, ALL participants (both members and non-members) will be asked to pay a flat fee of 5000 yen for conference registration. This includes students who normally attend the conference for free.

Therefore, we would like to ask all participants, including studentsto register before the Early Bird deadline to take advantage of the early bird fees.

Conference fees (During the early bird period October 1 – November 8 midnight)

Members (including SIETAR members in overseas regions) 3000 yen

Non-members 5000 yen

Keynote only 1500 yen

Students (including high school students, vocational school students, graduate students, etc.) free of charge

After the Early Bird deadline (Nov. 8), all participants will be asked to pay 5000 yen.

* Those who only purchase keynote tickets can attend both Japanese and English keynotes.

Application procedure

Complete your registration on the conference website (currently under construction).

We will inform you of the registration procedure when the payment system becomes available on the website.

Payment Method

Please choose between the following two methods:

・Payment through PayPal (credit and debit cards are accepted)

・Bank transfer (it will take a few days to confirm the payment)

For more information about PayPal, please click here.


For other inquiries,

Please contact us at sietarjapanconference2021@gmail.com

Conference directors: Soyhan Egitim, Shizu Maekawa


We are pleased to inform you the 36th SIETAR Japan conference website is open for proposal submission now. (https://sietarjapan2021.edzil.la/)


The 36th (2021) Annual Conference of SIETAR Japan Theme: “Leadership and Collaboration in Intercultural Contexts”

November 27-28, 2021

We are pleased to inform you the 36th SIETAR Japan conference website is open for proposal submission now. (https://sietarjapan2021.edzil.la/)

Please follow the steps below to submit your proposal. (Conference registration will also be open soon. Stay tuned!). Please note that first presenters MUST be members of SIETAR Japan or another SIETAR organization from around the world. We would also like to inform you the membership application period is extended to July 20. Therefore, if you wish to make a submission, please make sure to apply for a SIETAR JAPAN membership by July 20.

We are looking forward to receiving your application.

In Solidarity with Myanmar, as the violence against civilian protesters continues.

In Solidarity with Myanmar, as the violence against civilian protesters continues.

SIETAR Japan is outraged by the military coup in Myanmar which occurred in February 2021, and the continuing indiscriminate violence against civilian protesters. We are shocked and disheartened by the rising number of people being killed, injured, detained, and displaced. At the same time, we are truly inspired by the huge numbers of protesters from nearly every state and region in Myanmar, who have not backed down in the face of the military’s ongoing systemic brutality.

As an organization that values human rights and democracy, we believe that the people of Myanmar have the fundamental right to self-determination through a democratic legal process. We respect and support the courage of Myanmar’s ethnically diverse groups that are forming new alliances and challenging the international community to refuse to be complacent in the face of this breach of liberty. Thus, we, the steering committee of SIETAR Japan, stand in solidarity with the people of Myanmar in their protests against this grave human rights violation.


In the name of SIETAR Japan members

March 31, 2021

The 36th SIETAR Japan conference(2021)

◆2021 Annual Conference

Dear SIETAR Japan Members and Colleagues,

The 36th SIETAR Japan conference welcomes all interculturalists from around the world to explore leadership and collaboration in intercultural contexts.

Conference Theme:“Leadership and Collaboration in Intercultural Contexts.”

Dates: November 27-28, 2021 (online).

Please wait for details.