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Theme: ? → ! Hello, New Ideas

This event occurred on
August 1, 2021
12:30pm - 8:30pm JST
(UTC +9hrs)
Kumamoto, Kumamoto

Society in general is in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, and more problems have come up than ever before.
What are the tasks or issues that you are interested in most around you?

When you think about challenges, your head must be full of “?.” “→” means the process in which we try to come up with ideas together. You can find something that leads to the solution of the problems among generated ideas.

Your head goes “!” the moment you find new ways to solve the problems.
New ideas lie between when your head goes from “?” to ”!”
The encounter with those ideas is “Hello, New Ideas.”

Why don’t you share tasks and issues around you with all the people in the venue?
We’d like to solve your problems with all the people there instead of solving by yourself.
We decided to use this theme in the hope that we can solve the problems with friends, not alone, amid disjuncture in society.

Danjo kyoudo sankaku center HARMONY
Multipurpose hall
Kumamoto, Kumamoto, 8600862
Event type:
Standard (What is this?)
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Vice representative/Non-Profit Organization World Theater Project
She was born in 1994 in Miyagi prefecture. When she was a high school student, she had an interest in support for children in developing countries. When she was a college student, she experienced volunteer activities in and outside Japan through an international volunteer body that 3,500 students all over Japan belong to. When she was a college senior, she was impressed by a book called “yumeno haitatsunin” (dream delivery person). It was written by Kyouraiishi Saori who is a representative of The World Theater Project. She participated in the project. While she works for a private enterprise, she acts as a vice representative of The World Theater Project.


University Student
She was born in 2002 in Isahaya city, Nagasaki prefecture. She has been interested in disparity and poverty at home and abroad since she was a junior high school student. She has acted through the establishment of the student body and data collection in developing countries. She studied in India when she was in the 11th grade. Having a keen awareness of the caste system, she held a fashion show using children in slum areas as models. After coming back to Japan, she wrote an article named “in the corner of this cracked world” , feeling a sense of crisis regarding segmentized Japan. She also often appeared in the media. She is going to study at Wellesley College (women’s college) this autumn about segregation, social movement, public opinion formation, security system and so forth.

Toshihiko KIHARA

President/Aeroshield Co., Ltd.
He was born in 1983 in Kitakyushu city, Fukuoka prefecture. He graduated from the economics department of The University of Kitakyushu and entered Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. He left Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. in 2008 and joined Shieldtech Co., Ltd.(now Aeroshield Co., Ltd. ) Based in Oita, he has engaged in market development, product improvement, new merchandise development and so forth since its inauguration. Aiming to put air environmental measures in place as social infrastructure, he has been leading business management of the second inaugural period for more than 10 years. He was inaugurated as the president of Aeroshield Co., Ltd. in 2017.

Organizing team


Kumamoto, Japan


Kumamoto, Japan
  • Chiharu Miyamoto
  • Higuchi Yosuke
  • Keigo Masuda
  • Satsuki Motoyama
  • Tsutomu Yamashita