Emily Cole is currently affiliated with the University of Tokyo on a Fulbright grant. As a lifework, Emily enjoys juggling. She embarked on a personal project of asking strangers to take her photo juggling in front of famous landmarks. In addition to collecting quirky-but-fun photographs, the experience allowed Emily to connect with Japan in a new way.
Hiromasa Yoshikane is a co-founder and CEO of Azit, a Japanese mobility platform company. Hiromasa has revolutionized mobility services. Under the concept of "co-creation," he has partnered with governments, conducting demonstration experiments in local areas such as Yoron Island. His talk explores the new relationship between innovation and rule-making.
Keiko Kojima is a TV personality and essayist. Through the experiences mentioned in this talk, she has realized that she herself adhered to stereotypes about what men and women should be like. Keiko has led numerous activities to counteract those stereotypes and to empower those struggling because of the stringent gender norms in Japan.
Keimi Harada studied abroad on three separate occasions, including Rice University on a Fulbright Scholarship. Despite amid severe fiscal reconstruction, as the previous mayor of Minato City, Tokyo, Harada successfully implemented policies promoting childcare, women’s empowerment, and care for the disabled, by utilizing idle facilities and idle lands. The talk sheds light on how his unique background inspired the city’s revival.
Mari Hikita graduated from the Faculty of Commerce at Waseda University, and began her career by becoming a product designer at an American start-up company. Hikita then became a video editor at Huffpost Japan. In 2017, after being a media producer at C Channel, Hikita, though in her 20s, was inaugurated as the editor-in-chief of ONE MEDIA, which is a broadcasting media company for Millennials on SNS. Hikita was also nominated as a BUSINESS INSIDER 2019 Game Changer, being highly acclaimed for her elaborate media strategy and her flexible association of her fashionable creativity to social issues.
Mark Bookman is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo. His talk explores the legacy of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo for persons with disabilities across the world. Mark argues that “to create an accessible future, we have to learn from the past and share ideas in the present.
Motoko Tanaka is a CEO of GROUND LEVEL INC. Advocating the concept of “My Public”, in which anyone is welcomed to take part in, she tries to reconfigure people’s relationship to their city, town, and architecture by promoting self-motivated actions of the citizens. In turn, she aims to strengthen the community’s value and happiness. The talk portrays the infinite possibilities of everyday scenes in a city full of life.
Yuki Minami is a currently Fulbright Fellow at Kyushu University. She was born as an orphan and was internationally adopted. She had difficulties as an immigrant child at the beginning of her life. After she became a Marine, she began to volunteer to support immigrant children. The narrative of her life shows hope of minority groups.