The symposium was held with support from the Embassy of Japan in Thailand, JICA, and many Japan-related institutions in Thailand. The symposium took a look at Thailand with a focus on international environmental issues from a variety of academic perspectives, including engineering, economics, law and the humanities. Speakers and presenters included faculty from related research fields at Chuo University, Thammasat University, and Chulalongkorn University, as well as representatives from Japanese corporations in Thailand.
The symposium opened with a video message from Chuo University President Tadahiko Fukuhara. More than 100 people attended, including representatives of Japanese corporations and other groups located in Thailand, as well as Thai people interested in Japan. In addition to the scheduled presentations, there was lively exchange of opinions and a reception after the event.
We hope that the symposium will lead to even greater cooperation with corporations, groups and graduates in Thailand and will be the foundation for cultivating a comprehensive and active Chuo community of global professionals in Asia and beyond.
The program for the 1st Global Chuo Symposium is listed below.
■Lecture 1: Water Control and the Environment in Thailand
Tadashi Yamada, Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University
■Part I: Environment and Economics
Chair: Toshiaki Hasegawa, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chuo University
Report 1: Industrial Waste Management and Issues of Japanese Companies in Thailand
So Sasaki, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chuo University
Report 2: Issues and sample cases of solutions about effluent treatment in Thailand
Yoshifumi Iwata, Engineering Manager, Siam Daiwa International Co., Ltd.
Report 3: Corn plantation’s expansion and the effects to economics and environment: case study in Nan province
Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin, Lecturer, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University
■Part II: Environment and Law
Chair: Masahiko Omura, Director of International Center, Professor, Chuo Law School, Chuo University
Report 1: Transnational Environmental Law and Business
Hitoshi Ushijima, Professor, Faculty of Law, Chuo University
Report 2: Environmental Law in Thailand: Current Situation and Issues
Hideo Ota, Professor, Chuo Law School, Chuo University
Report 3: Duties of Factory Owners in Thai Legislation about Environment
Narong Jaiharn, Associate Dean for Research, Professor, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University
■Lecture 2: The History of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Thailand, and East Asia’s Economic Development
Motoei Sato, Professor, Faculty of Letters, Chuo University