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Theme: Taking off

This event occurred on
November 29, 2020
Anjo, Aiti

*English follows Japanese.

Taking offは、「離陸する」や「脱ぐ」など「自分の意思で何かを剥がして移動させる」イメージがあります。




This is our first challenge on an online TEDxAnjo event.
“Taking off” means to leave the ground and begin to fly, or to remove or get rid of something. It’s an action to move to somewhere while leaving something behind with one’s will.

Although today we are living in a very convenient world with rapid exchanges of information, the gap between rich and poor keeps on expanding. Not only the society is unstable, but also the global environment is facing its critical moment. Moreover, we are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, which has changed the entire world. Still, we trust that we can change our future because we have the freedom to choose a diversity of values deliberately and to tackle many challenges.

Let’s imagine our bright future in 10 years, 20 years, and 100 years.
To where do you take off?
What do you keep with you, and what do you leave behind?
With whom do you go ahead?
Are you ready and excited?

Let’s take off to a new era with valuable ideas!

Anforet Multi-purpose room
12, Miyukihonmachi
Anjo, Aiti, 4460032
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Kazuki Arai

Childcare Professional / Social Worker
Born in Hokkaido, Japan, in 1982 and graduated from Nihon Fukushi Graduate University. While Arai worked at an orphanage, he met children excluded from the framework of education and public welfare. There he was forced to confront the reality of unnecessary support duplications and the inequality of opportunity. In 2013 he founded a non-profit organization, National Child Welfare Center to welcome children as subjects of problem-solving rather than treating them as objects of support and protection. Through eight years of field work with young people in downtown areas and SNS, his organization has been providing an environment where more than 14,000 struggling young people can find their way of living by themselves. He is the author of “Outreach Created by Children and Youth – New Child/Family Welfare without Assuming Social Support” (I.SN)

Mari Goto

Falconer, Manga artist
Born in Ichinomiya, Aichi, Japan. She graduated from Nagoya University of Art majoring in Japanese Painting. Twenty years ago, she encountered a death of a falcon. The death made her realize how ignorant and irresponsible she had been about its life, and she decided to become a disciple of a falconer (Suwa-ryu Falconry) to learn the ecology of raptors as atonement. Since then she has lived with many hawks, and sends out what she has felt and learned from their training and hunting through comics and SNS. Today she is promoting the ecology of wild animals including raptors and the necessity and ideal of environmental conservation for coexistence with them mainly through the production of manga. She is the author of “Master of the hawks, it’s time to hunt!” (Seikaisha COMICS)

Masahiro Hara

QR code® inventor
In 1957, born in Tokyo. He studied electrical and electronic engineering at Hosei University and started his carrier as an inventor at Nippon Denso (Currently DENSO CORPORATION). For the first ten years there he was engaged in product development for new businesses, especially participated in the invention of a small barcode scanner which are often used at convenient store cashiers and other situations today and the optical character recognition devices (OCR). Gradually he became eager to invent something more convenient and suitable for the upcoming highly digitalized future using his technique and knowledge. Having strong passion to change the world as a proud engineer, he finally invented the QR code® in 1994. Right now he is challenging to develop new ways of applying QR code® readers for even better future. QR code is a registered trademark of DENSO WAVE Incorporated.

Yutaka Kiyonaga

Learning support specialist
Born in Tenri, Nara, Japan in 1980. He was engaged in research on “Learning support for children with developmental disabilities using ICT teaching materials” at Primate Research Institute in Kyoto University. After working as an instructor at a developmental disability center and as an elementary school teacher, he founded a non-profit organization, ADJUST in 2016. Taking advantage of his childhood struggles of adjusting to his surroundings, he provides learning support classes for children with those difficulties at home or school as well as consulting teachers at local elementary and junior high schools so they can construct more comfortable relationship with their students. Also he teaches many parents and educational professionals how to interpret their words and feelings, and wishes to make more people understand these exciting challenged children.

Organizing team


Anjo, Japan
  • Hiroaki Kato
  • K Carrie
    Team member
  • Yuichi Igarashi