Japan Education Center
Hitotsubashi, 2 Chome− 6-2
This event is focused on strengthening existing movements and forging alliances for a fundamental shift in society towards human and ecological wellbeing. It will provide a big-picture framework that unites those concerned with the outer/political and those focused on the inner/spiritual.
Local Futures is collaborating with a large number of Japanese organizations for this event. The Coordinator is our close colleague and IAL member, Professor Keibo Oiwa, who has the support of his University, Meiji Gakuin. Others include representatives from:
- The Goi Peace Foundation, which aims to foster a sustainable and harmonious global society by promoting consciousness, values and wisdom for creating peace;
- The Slow Food movement in Japan;
- Global Ecovillage Network, Japan;
- Transition Town Japan;
- The Muji company, committed to non-consumerist, zero-waste, simple and beautiful products (the name ‘Muji’ means ‘no brand’);
- The Pal System, leaders in the progressive food co-op movement in Japan, providing one million households with fresh produce from regional centers;
- Johnan Shinkin Bank, one of the biggest co-op banks in the Tokyo area;
- Kamakura Investment Management, which invests in small domestic firms that focus on the environment.
Confirmed plenary speakers
founder of Schumacher College and Resurgence magazine in the UK
professor at Meiji Gakuin University
former mayor of Bristol, UK
Director of Local Futures
philosopher of science, Kyoto University
founder of Bhoomi College, India
the first woman president of Hosei University in Tokyo
In addition, numerous organizations, local councilors, professors, small business leaders, environmentalists and activists will be attending, from all over Japan and from countries on nearly every continent, including South Korea, China, Thailand, Ecuador, Mozambique, the UK and Bhutan.