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The 37th SIETAR Japan Online Conference has ended successfully!

To everyone who attend last weekend’s SIETAR Japan 2022 Online Conference: A HUGE THANK YOU to ALL the presenters who contributed to making the SIETAR Japan 37th annual conference a success! All who attended the conference gained different perspectives and new insights on how we – educators, intercultural trainers, researchers, and students – can make use of what we have learned from your presentations in order to promote and encourage positive change in our communities. THANK YOU!

Best wishes,

Michi Saki & Lisa Rogers
Conference Co-Chairs

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The 37th SIETAR Japan Online Conference,the Keynote Sessions only ticket available

The 37th SIETAR Japan Online Conference November 26 – 27, 2022

Living in the “in-between”: Exploring multicultural identities and belonging
大会テーマ:「文化の狭間に生きる: 多文化的なアイデンティティと帰属意識の探求」

*Participants can attend the Keynote Sessions for only 1500 yen.
◎Keynote-only attendees may access both the Japanese and English Keynotes
To register: https://sietar2022.peatix.com/

Saturday, November 26 13:30-15:30)
Reiko Ogawa  (Chiba University )
Consultant to Immigration Bureau and former Chair of Immigration Policy Society

Sunday, November 27 9:00-11:00
Neelam Sahota ニーラム・サホタ
CEO of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, BC, Canada

Lisa Rogers & Michi Saki
Conference Chairs


English Keynote Speaker(English version).22.10.09Japanese Keynote Speaker(English Version)


37th SIETAR Japan Annual Conference :EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS next Monday, November 7th!

Dear SIETAR Japan Members,


Happy November! Just a kind reminder that the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS next Monday, November 7th! Be sure to register and take advantage of the Early Bird rate discount!


37th SIETAR Japan Annual Conference website:


Register for and purchase your Conference Ticket through the PEATIX System: https://sietar2022.peatix.com/


We look forward to seeing you at the conference!



Conference Chairs

Michi Saki (Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts)


Lisa Rogers  (Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts)


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SIETAR Japan October Workshop

SIETAR Japan  October Workshop

Theory and Practice of a New Textbook on Intercultural Training: Encountering “Difference” through Perceptual Constructivism


Date/Time: Saturday October 1, 2022 13:00-16:00

Language: Japanese


Guest Speakers:

Shizu Yamamoto is a professor of intercultural communication at Tokai University. Dr. Yamamoto earned her master’s degree in speech communication from Portland State University and her doctorate in education from Sophia University. Her research interests are centered on intercultural sensitivity and the development of intercultural training methods. Her current research focuses on DMIS, using both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine how Japanese people perceive, interpret, and express their experiences of difference. Based on the results of previous studies, she developed a Japanese psychological scale for DMIS (in press).


Taketo Ishiguro is an intercultural communication scholar (Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication Studies) whose research centers on intercultural discourse in multicultural organizations/teams. He uses qualitative research methods such as a constructionist version of life-story interview research, modified grounded theory approach, and discourse analysis. He has published such books as Images of Japanese leaders in multicultural organizations: A life-story interview approach (Shumpu-sha) and Multicultural teams and Japanese leaders’ dynamic thought processes: A grounded theory approach (Shumpu-sha).



Outline Workshop :

What becomes possible when we remove “bunka” (culture) from “i-bunka” (interculral) communication and try to focus just on “i” (difference)? This workshop will introduce a new book “Experiencing Intercultural Communication: Growing Up with ‘Difference'” (Shizu Yamamoto, Taketo Ishiguro, Milton Bennett, Daisuke Okabe, Sanshusha, November 2022), which summarizes a new approach to intercultural communication education. This book is a challenge to update traditional intercultural communication education. The theoretical background of the book is “constructivism” and the “development of intercultural sensitivity.” In this workshop, the following will be conducted.


1 Introduction to the overall structure and characteristics of this book. Video greeting from Dr. Bennett introducing the book.

2 Explanation of perceptual constructivism and “i” (difference) as a theoretical foundation

3 Introduction to and explanation of sample chapters

4 Practice and explanation of sample exercises

5 Q & A, interaction among authors and participants in a free atmosphere. Dr. Bennett will also participate.


Unique feature of this book is that by focusing on “i” (difference), it attempts to extend the applicability of intercultural communication knowledge outside of the traditional units of social categories such as country, race, and ethnicity. There has been a kind of difficulty in taking the approach that different cultures are collectively defined at the collective level and thus linking different cultures to social categories. The use of existing social categories alone does not adequately capture the asymmetrical relationships that are made diversely visible in various contexts, which people are increasingly becoming aware of at home, at work, and at school. For example, “those who have experienced” and “those who have not experienced” certain events, such as studying abroad, taking exams, giving birth, getting married, divorcing, changing jobs, illness, disasters, etc., may feel uncomfortable with each other’s comments and actions, and misunderstandings and conflicts may occur due to differences in their standpoints. It is important to be able to focus on the divisions of positions through line-drawing (segmentation) without being bound by the culture of the group unit, and to be able to not only divide but also reconnect by redrawing the boundaries. With this concern, Yamamoto, who was trying to teach from constructivist and situated perspectives, encountered “context shifting” as conceptualized by Ishiguro, and the idea of removing “culture” from “cultural difference” and making “i” (difference) as a perceptual object came to take shape.


From a constructivist perspective, we believe there is a need for intercultural communication in which people can learn how to deal flexibly with categories, including categorizing, de-categorizing, re-categorizing, and using categories as a lens for observation. In this context, the emphasis is on having a sense of agency as a category generator and being aware of the possibility of changing boundaries. It is necessary not only to increase the cognitive complexity of being able to use multiple categories simultaneously, but also to increase the perceptual complexity involved in the sensitive attention to categorization. This idea is in line with the development of intercultural sensitivity that Milton Bennett has advocated in the constructivist paradigm. In addition to Bennett’s introductory and final chapters, this book includes Japanese translation of Bennett’s lecture on the developmental model of intercultural sensitivity given at the 18th Annual Conference of the Japan Society for Multicultural Relations.


[Participation Fee & Registration Procedures] 

Please register through Peatix and beware that your registration will not be valid without a membership number. 

Peatix: https://sietar20221001.peatix.com


Participation fee: 600 yen (members), 1000yen (non-members), Free (student members). 350yen (non-member 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

Call for proposals Extension

◆Call for proposals Extension

Due to complications caused by the recent surge in  COVID-19 cases in Japan,  the presentation submissions deadline for the 37th Annual Conference of SIETAR Japan has been extended. Proposals submitted using the following link will be accepted until 11:59 PM of Aug. 9 (Tue.) Japan time.


You will need your 8-digit membership number indicated on the address label on envelopes from SIETAR Japan.  If you cannot locate your Membership Number, please contact office@sietar-japan.org.


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.