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Have you ever heard of the term “Feminization of Poverty”?  Yes? If so, then you must be familiar with how it is constantly discussed but also how less people seem to know that it is a real situation. If you have never heard of it before, then you may be able to start noticing this “Feminization of Poverty” around us once you get to know how it works. First of all, Feminization of Poverty is thoroughly described as the phenomenon where poverty is represented largely with the world's women. Meaning to say, majority of the world’s poor are women and the trend has led people and organizations to call it the “Feminization of Poverty” because it is recurrently observed since the 90s. Most of the victims of poverty are said to be women. But like many other things, this could be changed by affecting factors such the Poverty Line or Statistics and etc. Diverting our focus to the women affected by poverty would help us understand how the victims are getting by and surviving through dire situations every day. It is only up to us to listen and find out. Through this table and with its members, I would like to discuss the concept of Feminization of Poverty and talk about how these affected women are managing to survive while we also try to come up with possible solutions to help and support them and their families.

In order to grasp the gravity of the problem, I would like you to think about this question: “What would happen to me if I was a woman suffering in poverty and perhaps left with the responsibility of raising a child?” Of course, it is to be expected that there may be disagreements within members of the group and difficulties due to the complexity of the theme but I know that with enough effort and teamwork, we can all work effectively and reach our goal towards the end of the conference. I am hoping to spend a productive discussion week and wonderful summer moments with all the participants of the 63rd

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Table1 Feminization of poverty

Table Chief1

 Alyssa Marcel M. Rances

Capitol University

​From Philippine 

Introduction

Some of you, who are not interested in robot, engineering, and technology, may find this theme boring. However, I insist that this is a good chance for you to revaluate the ability and dignity peculiar to humans while discussing with people from other countries who have different ideas from yours. I’m looking forward to enjoying far-sighted discussion with you!

This is out of the blue, but have you imagined the world where we have everything, from working to finding the best partner, done by machines? In that world, you don’t have to do anything from the cradle to the grave. Do you think that is attractive? My theme is “the relationship between machines and humans.” As you know, there are a lot of machines around us. “Thanks to” the development of technology, machines have become more and more “efficient” and we also have to live “efficient” lives. Many of our jobs are taken by them. Have you ever heard the word “the mechanization of humans and humanization of machines”? Charles Chaplin criticized the machine civilization in which people lose their humanity by working at modern factories. We have developed our civilization by machines, but sometimes they resist us and do damage our society: they can be both friend and foe. Taking into this ambiguity, I’m planning to think about the better way to coexist with them. In the end, I’d like to reconsider ourselves. If we aim efficiency, should we have everything done by machines? And if so, what will the meaning of our existence be in the future? We are students who live in modern society, so I’d like to discuss our role and dignity from our distinctive point of view. 

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Table2 Coexistence of Robots and              human Beings

Introduction

Table Chief2

Takahito Niimi

KYOTO University

Introduction

It provides the water that allows us to live, air that allows us to breath, earth that allows us to build homes, make fire, create clothing, grow food, develop goods and so on. 

Unfortunately, this planet is being destroyed because of the climate change. We have been witnessing the rising in the sea levels, the changing in ecosystems, more natural disasters and extreme weather event or even lack of water resource in some places in the world.

Nowadays, climate change is no longer a local or national issue, it has become a global issue. That is why, having the correct and scientific awareness about the harmfulness of climate change for practical solutions and actions is the urgent requirement.

The earth is crying and calling us for our action. This is the time that it should be discussed and solved by our young generation globally. It’s no more about you, now it’s about your children, or your children of children. 

We live in a crucial moment in the Earth’s history when climate change is seriously affecting natural systems and human life. Learning about climate change, not only to confront current challenges, but also to maintain a sustainable way of life into the future.

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Table3 Climate Change

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Introduction

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Nguyen Dinh Van Anh

​Law University of HoChiMinhCity

Have you ever taken a deep look inside the problem of poverty? It sometimes looks as if it has nothing to do with our life, but is it really?

For example, the election of Donald Trump made it clear that there is an obvious disparity inside the country. One of the reasons for terror attacks might come from poverty. The environmental problems becomes so complicated when the problem of poverty comes in.

It is almost impossible to live in a world having absolutely nothing to do with poverty, and the one reason for that is capitalist system. Almost all of us take capitalism for granted that we do not even think about it.

Poverty and other problems of capitalism lie under many social issues such as conflicts, refugee problems, and environmental problems. Therefore, understanding poverty would give us a backbone of knowledge when it comes to dealing with such social obstacles. Let’s join us this summer and have a wonderful debate!

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Table4 Reconsidering Capitalism

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Table Chief4

Takashi Uchida

 

University of Tokyo

Introduction

Whenever people hear the phrase “International Relations” they think of very complicated things and stuff like conspiracy theories which make them back off from that topic. Well there is no denying that it is complicated, full of intricacies and subtleties, but it to a great extent resembles personal relations. Countries like human beings, yearn for interests, benefits, basically good things and hate bad things like trade sanctions. And they generally tend to reciprocate the action of other countries. So, take arms race as an example, it is just basically countries faithfully following the saying “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth”. It may sound childish and ridiculous, like why are countries acting like kids and you may want to yell “Put on your big boy pants yo!”. I mean in this (insert inverted comma) civilized and modern (close inverted comma) age, most of us are told if you are hit don’t fight back and report to a higher authority. But the truth is, technically, there are no higher authorities overriding countries, YES THAT IS TRUE. So, it’s like a bunch of people who have to make peace (hopefully) with each other and can’t report to the police nor teachers if treated unjustly. Doesn’t that sound amusing? Come and join us now!

This discussion topic aims to analyze how international relations has advanced in the Trump Era (Up till the point of the conference), and project how would it possibly advance from then on. International relations is indeed a broad topic, and thus for the purpose of a concentrated and fruitful discussion, I would like to establish the attainment of a certain conclusion on “an ideal international relationship model for facilitating global sustainable development and the means of achieving it” as the principal objective of the conference.

One thing I would like to highlight is that I do not wish to confine the scope of discussion to just Donald Trump’s policies. This is because when I decided on the topic of discussion, I had in mind the question of how will be the world be different with Donald Trump being the president of USA. Thus, any discussion on how international relations have changed or might possibly change in the Trump era is welcomed.

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Table5 International Relations

         in the Trump Era

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ZHANG YINGHAN

​Keio University

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