About API Public Forum in Hiroshima    API市民フォーラムについて

Rising from the Ashes:
Civic Collaboration in Post-Disaster Post-Conflict Asia
Recent challenges and experiences in the wider region due to natural disasters, markedly Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, 3.11 Tsunami in Japan, Mt. Merapi eruption in Indonesia, as well as conflicts due to religious and ethnic differences, conflicts regarding borders and territories, among others, pose many questions in considering the role of public intellectuals towards revitalizing and energizing society.  Reconsidering the connectivity between our public intellectuals and the victims (of violence, disaster, political situations, development, industrial hazard, discrimination, etc—many of which are phenomena specific to our current era) has become an urgent task. Hiroshima is a city of victims, and yet it is also a city of revival and hope with a promise towards the future. The forum is therefore an occasion to rethink about the role of public intellectuals into the future and to strengthen the network that public intellectuals can effectively involve ourselves in society and work with the victims of disasters and conflicts towards a better future.



About the Keynote Speakers 基調講演

Lahpai Seng Raw

Founder of Metta Development Foundation, 2013 Magsaysay Awardee
Lahpai Seng Raw, an ethnic Kachin woman, is a Yangon University graduate. Between 1990 and 1997, she worked with the Representative Office for Kachin Affairs in Thailand where she was in charge of humanitarian and development initiatives. Her main focus in this position was the welfare of women, youth and children. Among different activities, she established income generation programs and Kindergartens along the Sino-Burma border and placed young people in vocational training schools in Thailand and India. Following ceasefires between the military government and various nationality groups in Myanmar, Seng Raw returned to Myanmar in 1997, with the purpose of assisting refugees and internally-displaced populations in rebuilding long-suffering and divided communities. To support these objectives, she established and directed the Metta Development Foundation (Metta), which has since become one of the most recognized local non-government organizations working in collaboration with different stakeholders in conflict and natural disaster-affected areas across the country. In recognition of her inspiring and inclusive leadership that empowered damaged communities and strengthened local NGOs in promoting a non-violent culture of participation and dialogue as the foundation for Myanmar’s peaceful future, she was honored with the 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Award. 


ラーパイ・センロー (Lahpai Seng Raw)


Metta Development Foundation: www.metta-myanmar.org


Tatsuya Mori

Film Director/Writer/Specially appointed professor at Meiji University
In the early 1980’s, Mori started his career as a TV director mainly in the reporting and documentary genre. He released a documentary film titled “A” in 1998, and was invited to various international film festivals such as Berlin, Hong Kong, Damascus, Vancouver, Busan, and Amsterdam and received high acclaim. The sequel “A2” won the Special Prize and Citizens Prize at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in 2001. He also began writing during this period. His written works include “A”and “A2”, depicting the backstage of film-making, “Hōsōkinshika” (banned songs), the making of TV documentary which focuses on the self-imposed control by Japanese media, and “Shokugyōranwa Esper” (My occupation is Esper), the daily life of a person with extra-sensory perception. In recent years he has been more active as a writer than as a documentary film-maker. In addition to those writings, he has also written “Cuong De”, portraying the last Vietnamese Royal figure, as well as “Shimoyamajiken” (Shimoyama case), one of the most famous unsolved investigations in Japan, among many others. His third volume in the series “A3” (published by Shueisha) won the Kodansha Nonfiction Award in 2011. He released a documentary film “311” in 2012.



1980年代前半からテレビ・ディレクターとして、主に報道とドキュメンタリーのジャンルで活動する。1998年にドキュメンタリー映画『A』を公開。ベルリンなど世界各国の国際映画祭に招待され、高い評価を得る。2001年、続編『A2』が、山形国際ドキュメンタリー映画祭で特別賞・市民賞を受賞する。同時期に執筆も始める。主な著書は、映画撮影の舞台裏を描いた『A』、『クォン・デ』(角川文庫)、『A2』(現代書館)、『放送禁止歌』(光文社知恵の森文庫)、『下山事件』『東京番外地』(新潮社)、『王さまは裸だと言った子供はその後どうなったか』(集英社新書)、『ぼくの歌・みんなの歌』(講談社)、『死刑』(朝日出版社)、『オカルト』(角川書店)、『虚実亭日乗』(紀伊国屋書店)、『自分の子どもが殺されてから言えと叫ぶ人に訊きたい』(ダイヤモンド社)と『クラウド 増殖する悪意』(dZERO)など。2011年に『A3』(集英社)が講談社ノンフィクション賞を受賞。また2012年にはドキュメンタリー映画『311』を発表。最新刊は「アは愛国のア」(潮出版)。

Tatsuya Mori's Official Website: moriweb.web.fc2.com/mori_t/index.php 

Program プログラム

13:00 Registration 受付・開場
13:30-13:50 Opening 開会の挨拶・趣旨説明
13:50-14:10 Keynote speech 1: Lahpai Seng Raw 基調講演 1:ラーパイ・センロー
14:10-14:30 Keynote speech 2: Tatsuya Mori 基調講演 2:森 達也
14:30-15:00 Q&A Q&A
15:00-15:20 Coffee break 休憩
15:20-15:50 Panel presentation 1:
Struggle for Recognition: Rohingya Citizenship in Myanmar’s Transition

パネル発表 1:

15:50-16:20 Panel presentation 2:
An Experience Exchange and Activity Cooperation between Japan’s Minamata Case and Thailand’s Maptaphut Campaign

パネル発表 2:

16:20-16:40 Discussion: Mary Racelis 討論: メアリー・ラセリス
16:40-17:20 Q&A and Open Forum Q&A 全体討論
17:20-17:40 Wrap up 総括討議
17:40-18:00 Closing 閉会の挨拶

About the Panel Presentation パネル発表

Panel One
Struggle for Recognition: Rohingya Citizenship in Myanmar’s Transition

1) Ahmad Suaedy (Indonesia API Fellow Year 2009-2010), Director, Abdurrahman Wahid Centre for Interfaith Dialogue and Peace
2) Abu Tahay, Director, Rohingya Resources Network, Yangon

The issue of citizenship for minorities is increasingly important with intensified globalization and democratization. Under this growing influence, equality should be given to all but the Rohingya in Myanmar have been excluded. This panel will represent the dynamics of the Rohingya struggle to defend their rights on international and regional levels.



  1. アフマド・スアエディ (第9期 インドネシアAPIフェロー)
  2. アブ・タハイ


Panel Two
An Experience Exchange and Activity Cooperation between Japan’s Minamata Case and Thailand’s Maptaphut Campaign

1) Penchom Saetang (Thailand API Fellow Year 2005-2006), Director, Ecological Alert and Recovery—Thailand (EARTH)
2) Yoshihiro Yamashita, Minamata disease victim; Visiting researcher, Open Research Center for Minamata Studies (ORCM)


The presentation will share a crucial role and growing importance of regional civic collaboration, by reviewing some aspects of citizen movements in Japan following the worst industrial pollution disaster in Japan—the Minamata disease outbreak—and the support provided to patients until today. Presentation will also cover lesson learnt from Minamata movement and activities being done and applied by EARTH to do their campaign and activities in Thailand (Maptaphut and its vicinity in Rayong province). 


  1. ペンチョム・セータン (第5期 タイ API フェロー)
    環境N G O 「E A R T H」 代表
  2. 山下善寛



Discussion 討論

Masaaki Okamoto
Associate Professor,
Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
Mary Racelis
Professorial Lecturer,
University of the Philippines–Diliman

Contact お問合せ

Admission is free, English and Japanese simultaneous translation available. Please contact -API Fellowships Program secretariat at <api@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp> or <TEL:075-753-7352/7348> to signify your participation. 

参加費無料(参加申込必要) 日英同時通訳付き
TEL 075-753-7352/7348

Venue Information & Map 会場・地図

International Conference Center Hiroshima (ICCH) is located at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima City
Address: 1-5, Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, 730- 0811, JAPAN
Website: www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/icch/english.html

TEL 082-242-7777