Seminar on The Dialogue among Civilizations: The Islamic World and Japan

March 6, 2002

  1. The Seminar on The Dialogue among Civilizations: The Islamic World and Japan, co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will be held on 12 and 13 March in Bahrain.

  2. The seminar will be attended by scholars and experts from Japan, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, State of Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates), Arab Republic of Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kingdom of Jordan, Kingdom of Morocco, Republic of Tunisia, Republic of Yemen, and the League of Arab States

    From Japan, the following scholars will attend the seminar: Prof. Yuzo Itagaki, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo; Prof. Akira Goto, Professor of West Asian History, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo; Prof. Yoshiya Abe, President, Kokugakuin University: Prof. Hiroshi Kato, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Hitotsubashi University: Prof. Daisaburo Hashizume, Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology: Associate Prof. Kazuko Shiojiri, Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba, Institute of Philosophy.

  3. At the seminar, the participants will exchange opinions on such themes as "Coexistence and Interaction between Islamic and Arab Countries and Japan", "Islam and International Society", and "Islam and Globalization" under the theme of "Dialogue among Civilizations: The Islamic World and Japan".

  4. The seminar is part of the "Dialogue among Civilizations with the World of Islam", which is one of the pillars suggested in the "Toward Multi-layered Relations with Gulf Countries", announced in January 2001 when then Minister for Foreign Affairs Yohei Kono visited Gulf countries, and it aims to realize frank and active dialogue among scholars and experts from Japan and Islamic countries. It is expected that meaningful discussions will be held to promote mutual understanding between Japan and Islamic countries through the seminar..

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