The Blog of Attend the Tobishima Meeting

.28 2023 未分類 comment(0) trackback(0)
Hello everyone! I'm Soko, a first-year doctoral student in our Empowerment Lab.

On October 26, we had the fortunate opportunity to participate in the Tobishima Meeting, focusing on long-term care insurance planning and disability sector policy development. Tobishima Village located in the southwestern part of Aichi Prefecture and boasts numerous beautiful landscapes.

During this meeting, we had the invaluable chance to engage in the development of long-term care insurance and disability policies. This is crucial for understanding the social security system, policy formulation, as well as the challenges and opportunities in long-term care. We collaborated with representatives from various sectors in Tobishima Village to explore how we can better meet the needs of the community, particularly in the realm of long-term care and disability services.
The scenic beauty of Tobishima Village made this meeting even more special. This opportunity not only allowed us to gain important insights into policies and social services but also appreciate the beauty of nature.


Cosmos flowers were in full bloom in the field of Mr. Hattori, the former vice-mayor, who took great care of us.

Mirai Empowerment café on October 24th

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Hello. I am Maiko Shigeeda, a first-year PhD student in our Empowerment Science lab.

Mirai Empowerment Café has held an online meeting on October 24th. It was the first session for this year and was scheduled for three more sessions on November 22nd, December 22nd, and February 27th.

At our first Mirai Empowerment Café, we had a guest speaker, Associate Professor Sasabe from Shutoku University. She talked about how we can empower children through healthy eating. She became a registered dietician because she has a passion for eating. Japanese current eating habits were brought up as issues in her lecture. Japanese don’t have enough calcium intake and consume more processed food, which is in high sodium and phosphate. Especially for toddlers, we need to watch sodium intake once they start eating regular food. She also mentioned the importance of how to approach children who don’t like eating vegetables. Instead of telling children “You have to eat vegetables because they are good for your health”, we need to emphasize how they can enjoy eating vegetables was the take-home message to conclude the session. Thanks to Sasabe sensei, we had a great opportunity to learn about food and diet, and how we can empower children through healthy eating.

Sasabe-sensei's experience has inspired us to that while external factors such as parents and teachers are important in the study of children's development, it is also important to pay attention to the food required for children's physiological development, and that a healthy diet determines the physiological foundation of a child. Attention to child development permeates all aspects of daily life.


The next Mirai Empowerment Café is going to be held on November 22nd. One of our alumni Sakai sensei will talk about how to empower children through play. We are looking forward to learning from Sakai sensei.

Visiting Nomachi childcare center on October 20th: a Day of Learning

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Hello everyone! I am Ying, a first-year doctoral student in our empowerment lab.

On October 20th, our lab teams had the incredible opportunity to visit Nomachi childcare center for a learning experience. Nomachi childcare center have thirty years of rich history. Many of the children here, their parents grew up here also as children.


We shared Nomachi childcare center' s 2022 survey report to the principal and teachers and extended our gratitude for the childcare center's collaboration over the years in conducting surveys aimed at enhancing the quality of child care. Members of our research lab had engaged in discussions with the Nomachi childcare center' s principal and teachers, exchanging insights on challenges and advancements in child care.
The managerial staff and teachers at Nomachi childcare center have created a warm and enriching environment for the children. The careful protection and organization of toys and books truly reflect the passion and professional dedication of the teachers to their profession.


Catering to children aged 0-6, each child receives appropriate and responsiveness care to engage in activities and caring that promote the development of their unique potential. The childcare center offers parents flexible childcare to help them care for their children, including day care and night care.


After our visit concluded, Anme-sensei took us to a famous Oden restaurant in Kanazawa. While savoring the delicious Oden, we also exchanged our insights about what we had learned today in English and shared our knowledge with each other.


This visit had left us inspired by the commitment of Nomachi childcare center to fostering a supportive and warmly atmosphere for early childhood education. We were grateful for the chance to witness passion of the teachers here.

Looking forward to more enriching experiences!

Welcoming Party of Prof Uma and Prof Madhav

.14 2023 未分類 comment(0) trackback(0)
Hello to all of you!
Since autumn is drawing closer, each day brings with it a chillier temperature.
The 12th of October was a really memorable day for us since it was the day that we were able to meet Professor Uma Segal and Professor Madhav Segal in the lab.
That occasion was the very first time any of us had ever interacted with either of them in person. They were really kind to one another and completed each other's sentences beautifully!
Both of the professors delivered illuminating talks regarding the fundamentals involved in conducting research. Professor Madhav's talk emphasized the need of integrating teaching, service, and research, the big three are listed here. Researchers who are serious about their careers should always keep in mind how the findings of their investigations can benefit society. Indeed, it is vitally crucial for researchers to continually challenge the topic of their research, their objectives, and the results of their work.
Professor Uma talked about how she got started in the field of study. She describes how each move she made was part of a larger professional journey that led her to the position she holds today, and how she met Professor Anme at one of the crossings along that journey. The management of the network, as stated by Professor Uma, is actually the responsibility of the researchers in order to maximize the likelihood of future joint work. At the end, she talked about the experiences she's had conducting research on immigrant or refugee communities in the United States, as well as intervention studies involving puppet performances. That was a pretty fascinating discussion! She also designed a quadrant for how we identify people in society based on their contribution to the political-cultural and economic fields based on her prior study. This quadrant was founded on the idea that we classify people in society based on how we perceive their role in society.
Following the presentation, we had a lunch party in the laboratory, complete with excellent cuisine! We continued our conversation about the research and the process of developing oneself while we were eating lunch. We found it really enjoyable to have such an open and scientific conversation, and we learned a lot of useful information that will enable us to conduct superior study in the future. We are very looking forward to the opportunity to talk to the specialists once more.
Thank you for reading! Stay warm and healthy!

The 36th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society of Human Science of Health-Social Services

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Hi, everyone, I am Li, the doctor student in empowerment lab. In the beautiful early autumn season, the 36th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society of Human Science of Health-Social Services was held in Ritsumeikan University-Osaka Ibaraki Campus.
For the opening of the conference, Yato-sensei, who is the 36th conference chair, gave an opening speech and Anme-sensei, who is the president of the conference, made a greeting to all the participants.

(Yato-sensei’s opening speech)

(Anme-sensei’s greeting)

In the morning, Kitahara-san and Itou-san, who are from Asahi Kasei Corporation, gave us an impressive presentation about the actualizing the comfortable and pleasant life for multi-generations through the digital and analog technology. Then, a memorial symposium for the Hirayama-sensei and Takayama-sensei was held. We believed that the conference can continuously develop well for their great expectations. Takayama-sensei’s wife also gave an impressive speech to us and gave a best wish to the conference.
In the afternoon, the academic oral presentation session was held. Each presenter gave a wonderful presentation. I and my colleague, Zhu Zhu-san, also presented in the conference. We improved our research and presentation skills from the great experience.
At night, we have a great dinner with the participants. We communicated with other research professionals happily and get new perspective for our future research directions.
Thank for Yato-sensei again for her great effort in holding the 36th conference, also Sun-san, Lian-san and other conference stuffs for their efforts in the organizations. Great thanks to Takayama-sensei’s wife for the sincere hope to the conference. Thank Anme-sensei for her long-term efforts in organizing the conference which made a great contribution to the health welfare in the society. Thanks all the participants for coming to the conference to share their academic insights! We hope everyone can make great progress in their work and life in the future!
The moon is bright and full in tonight, it lighted the way forward for us, like what Hirayama-sensei and Takayama-sensei guided us.

(Anme-sensei gave flowers to Takayama-sensei’s wife)

(We took a photo with Takayama-sensei’s wife together)