While inviting a world-class economics scholar in the field of well-being and economic policy formulation (Prof.Arthur Grimes,Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust, Adjunct Professor of Economics at Victoria University of Wellington and Honorary Professor of Economics at University of Waikato , New Zealand; a relevant website is:
https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/sog/about/emeritus-and-adjunct-professors/arthur-grimes), the participants (Prof.Arthur Grimes, Prof. Masaya Kobayashi, Prof.Hikari Ishido, and participants from the floor) discussed the interlinkage among subjective well-being, objective economic policies (with financial values allocated as national budgets) and sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Prof.Arthur Grimes is a renowned economist, with strong links to public policy. He served as Reserve Bank of New Zealand Chairman from 2003-2013, where he was previously Chief Economist and a principal architect of now famous "inflation targeting." With his current research interests focusing on the economics of wellbeing coupled with economic policymaking which entails detailed national budget issues, the roundtable will discuss the interlinkage between subjective and objective indicators, both of which are high on SDGs' agenda.
In the roundtable, a keynote presentation was made by Prof.Arthur Grimes; then the online-discussants (Prof.Masaya Kobayashi, possessing expertise on the subject matters) made comments on the issues presented. Following these, the floor-participants were invited to make comments and questions.
The session was held successfully.
*At the 34th Annual Conference of the Japan Society for International Development (JASID).
*Organized and supported by Chiba University Institute For Advanced Academic Research
・New Frontiers of Studies on Fair Society
On November 8 and 9,The research meetings on “Wellbeing and Public Policy” were held. Professor Arthur Grimes, the Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington, who is a research economist with strong links to public policy and remains research interest in the economics of wellbeing, gave the keynote presentation and initiated several thinking-provoke discussions with Professor Jiro Mizushima, Professor Masaya Kobayashi, Professor Hikari Ishido and other participants from Chiba University.
The first meeting focused on the topic of wellbeing. Prof.Grimes gave the presentation of “Wellbeing and Public Policy: A Focus on the Former (Wellbeing)” and answered questions and inquiries.
The second meeting focused on the topic of public policy. Prof.Grimes exchanged research ideas with Prof.Masaya Kobayashi based on his presentation of “Wellbeing and Public Policy: A Focus on the Latter (Public Policy)”, and discussed possible joint work in the future with Prof.Jiro Mizushima and other participants.
Chiba University Institute for Advanced Academic Rreseach・New Frontiers of Studies on Fair Society has published H.Ishido, J.Mizushima, M.Kobayashi and X.Zhang (eds.), Social Fairness in a Post-Pandemic World. - Interdisciplinary Perspectives(August, 2023). The book is the result of an international collaborative research project on measures to build a society in the post-colonial era based on the concept of fairness.
Second International Conference on Global Warming Countermeasures was held.
Prof. Akihiko Kondo, Professor Emeritus of Chiba University (former Professor of Center for Environmental Remote Sensing Chiba University), gave a lecture on the theme of "Global Warming Issues and Human Response from a scientific perspective". He introduced his perception of global warming issues and challenges from the perspectives of both science and humanities, and discussed the necessity and possibility of fusion of the humanities and sciences in the future. Various questions were asked from the audience, and a lively Q&A session ensued.
Symposium Details HERE
We hosted our first international online seminar in 2023.
Professor Patrick Charlton of Algonquin College, a well-known figure in the business world with extensive networks in Canada and North America, spoke at the seminar. Two of Professor Charlton's acquaintances who are deeply involved in the business world joined him for a meaningful discussion on trends in Canada after the Corona Disaster and the future development of a society that takes justice and wellbeing into account, at the intersection of theory and practice.
Symposium Details HERE
The third International Seminar on Positive Political Psychology was held.
Professor Lyle Unger of the University of Pennsylvania, who is well versed in computer science and
whose cutting-edge research combines scientific and technological directions with positive psychology,
gave a presentation on measuring wellbeing through language in social media.
Symposium Details HERE
Chiba University Graduate School of Humanities and Studies on Public Affairs and Shanghai International Studies University co-hosted the international symposium, which was sponsored by Fair Society Research.
At the symposium, researchers in linguistics, education, literature, sociology, and political science presented their latest research findings and engaged in interdisciplinary discussions on Japanese language education and Japanese literature research. A total of 158 Japanese and Chinese participants actively asked questions and engaged in a lively Q&A session.
On August 25, 2023, Professor Jiro Mizushima participated in the signing ceremony of an interdepartmental exchange agreement between Chiba University's Graduate School of Humanities and Studies on Public Affairs and School of Foreign Languages Shanghai University. Chiba University and Shanghai University have already signed an inter-university exchange agreement, but this is the first inter-departmental agreement between the two institutions. Chiba University's Graduate School of Humanities and Studies on Public Affairs and the School of Foreign Languages Shanghai University have been promoting cooperation in both academic and educational fields, including the holding of an international symposium in March of this year, and the signing of this agreement is expected to lead to further development of exchange in the future. Dr.Zhang Yongjiao of Shanghai University has already participated in a symposium organized by the Fair Society Research and contributed an essay to "Fair Society in the After Corona".
On the same day, from 1:00 p.m., a briefing session for Shanghai University students and graduate students on study abroad was held, including an introduction to Chiba University and an overview of the Graduate School of Humanities and Public Administration. After 3:00 p.m., Professor Mizushima gave an academic lecture entitled "The Idea of 'Square' and the Idea of 'Back': Japanese and European Urban Spaces in Comparison," and received active questions and opinions from Shanghai University students and faculty members. More than 200 people participated in the academic lecture, including those from Japan, including online.
In the current age of globalization, we are witnessing the growing need to ensure that people from all cultures, countries, and backgrounds are treated fairly. The basic concept of our research program is “fairness.” We define fairness as the basic element of justice, but it comprises more than justice, embracing values such as equality and liberty. Our focus is on challenging and overcoming unfair practices on all scales, investigating issues such as gender inequality, widening income gaps, migration, and the collapse of regional and marginal communities, both in Japan and around the world. In doing so, we seek to identify the development, transformation, and limitations of existing welfare state models and provide empirical evidence for how a fair society can be achieved in the 21st century. Special emphasis will be placed on “well-being” and values, because “fairness” is intrinsically related to people’s subjective judgment. Objective equality does not always guarantee a subjective feeling of fairness. The vision of a fair society should include both objective fairness and a subjective sense of fairness. We plan to broaden our networks of academics across the globe. To this end, we have hosted seven successful international symposiums. Our present team consists of an economist, political scientist, philosopher of law, and psychologist. Our project has published books and papers in both Japanese and English based on our research outcomes, and we plan further publications to better reach a broader public. We welcome those interested in all aspects of social science from law and politics to sociology and economics.
We define “fairness” as a concept that entails the basic element of justice, but at the same time embrace values such as “equality”, “liberty”, and “equity”. In that sense, we identify “fairness” as a norm and concept that exceeds “justice”. The aim of our project is to address the issue of global problems and seek for a way to achieve “fairness” under the global economy of the 21st century.
「隠れ家と広場 移民都市アムステルダムのユダヤ人」(Hiding Places and Squares: Jews in the Immigrant City of Amsterdam)was published by Misuzu Shobo on June 16, 2023.
From Anne Frank to the philosopher Spinoza, Amsterdam's Jewish immigrants have left an important imprint on world history. 400 years of welcoming immigrants and refugees, this is a study of Amsterdam, a city of tolerance, read from its "hiding places and squares.
「隠れ家と広場 移民都市アムステルダムのユダヤ人」(Hiding Places and Squares: Jews in the Immigrant City of Amsterdam) by Professor Jiro Mizushima was featured in the book review section of various newspapers.
This is a research essay based on the transcript of the seminar "Multiculturalism,East and West." in August 2022
Prof. Jiro Mizushima's interview about the politicized women's "party leadership" court battle was published in the Asahi Shimbun on April 28, 2023.
Prof.Jiro Mizushima's interview article, "The Decline of the Established Political Parties and the 'View Democracy' That Gave Birth to Mr. Garcy," was published in the April 4, 2023 Mainichi Shimbun's Political Premiere.
「中国における排出権取引制度に関する研究－中・日・欧比較を通じて－」(Research on Emissions Trading Scheme in China -Through a comparison of China, Japan, and Europe-) by Assistant Professor Xiaofang Zhang was published by Sankeisha on April 3, 2023.
She conduct comparative studies of emissions trading schemes in China, Japan, and Europe from the two perspectives of abatement effectiveness and efficiency of trading markets, and make policy recommendations toward the formation of healthier national schemes.
「リップマン公共哲学」(THE PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY Walter Lippmann) was published by Keiso Shobo on February 28, 2023.
Why have Western democratic societies failed to prevent dictatorships and world wars?？
"The Public Philosophy" is a book of prophetic warnings, the first to use the term "The Public Philosophy" and present its prototype.
Positive Political Psychology Seminar on July 13, 2022
"Wellness, Fairness, and Worthiness:Psychosocial Goods for the Common Good".
Xiaofang Zhang(translation),Masaya Kobayashi,Jiro Mizushima,Hikari Ishido(supervisor of translation)
Prof.Masaya Kobayashi,Prof.Hikari Ishido,Prof.Jiro Mizushima and Mr.Hirotaka Ishikawa's paper
"Multi-Dimensional Dynamics of Psychological Health Disparities under the COVID-19 in Japan:
Fairness/Justice in Socio-Economic and Ethico-Political Factors" was published in
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health on December 8,2022.
This article addresses citizens’ psychological health disparities in pandemic-stricken Japan from the perspective of positive psychology with a collective/political perspective.