The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion,
Hiroshima University


The Institute for Diversity & Inclusion  Inauguration Ceremony and Commemorative Lecture& Hiroshima University and National Institute of Special Education Joint Symposium to be held on Sunday 24 March.

Date and Time : March 24, 2024 (Sunday) 12:30 ( Doors Open at 12:00 – 16:00 (Closing at 16:30) )

Venue : Hiroshima International Conference Center “Himawari” (1-5 Nakajima-cho , Naka-ku, Hiroshima )

Organizer : The Institute for Diversity & Inclusion , Hiroshima University 

※Free of Charge
※Sign Language interpretation
※Simultaneous Japanese – English interpretation


The concept of well-being demands a transition beyond traditional growth indicators, emphasizing subjective happiness and social cohesion. This symposium brings together experts engaged in education and research on well-being from around the world to discuss and explore ideas and initiatives centered around the concept of well-being. The goal is to deliberate on the approach Japan should adopt to achieve sustainable growth, acknowledge diversity, and foster a richer, harmonious society.


Ⅰ. Institute for Diversity & Inclusion Inauguration Ceremony 12:30~

  • Welcome Address by Mitsuo Ochi, President, Hiroshima University
  • Greeting by Guest of Honor Shinichi Nakamura, President, National Institute of Special Needs Education
  • Address by Director, Professor Yumiko Suzuki
  • Closing Address by Vice Director, Professor Yoko Ishida

Ⅱ. Institute for Diversity & Inclusion Commemorative Lecture 12:55~

Speaker: Professor K. Vish Viswanath (Director, Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, Harvard University)

III. Joint Symposium by Hiroshima University and the National Institute of Special Needs Education 14:00~

  • Address by Shinichi Nakamura, President, National Institute of Special Needs Education
  • Guest of Honor Address by Mr. Yoshiaki Ishida, Director, Special Needs Education Division, Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Symposium Speakers

Dr. K. Vish Viswanath     Harvard University
Dr. Antti M. Kauppinen    University of Helsinki
Dr.Tetsuya Munakata      National Institute of Special Needs Education
Mr. Joe Hironaka        UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok
Dr. Toshiyuki Yasui     Eikei University of Hiroshima

Who should attend: Business owners, entrepreneurs, researchers, government officials and members of the public with an interest in wellbeing.

Capacity: 400 (first-come-first-served basis)

Registration: Pre-registration is required.

After completing your application, you will automatically receive a leaflet (PDF) offering free admission to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum from 23-25 March. (Opening hours: 8:30-18:00)

How to apply:

●Application for this symposium can be made here (Application deadline: Friday 15 March 2024)

●Free return bus service is available for students, faculty, and staff of Hiroshima University.
Reservations for the free round-trip bus service are available here (capacity of 40 people/first-come-first-served basis).
Hiroshima University, Saijo JR Station ⇔ International Conference Center


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