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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 67th International Student Conference will be held online. 

Overall Theme

New Normal: Unity without Boundaries

The current situation of the pandemic has changed the way we live profoundly. The whole world comes under uncertainty, the quotidian routines have been compromised, and our working lives have never been more dependent on technology than before. As this goes by, we will all need to adapt to our “New Normal” which is not only a short-term change but a life-long change occurring on a global scale.

 

We, the 67th International Student Conference (ISC67), are aware of the hardships that the world is currently burdened with, and we are determined to unite youths from all around the globe to cooperate and make a positive impact on our society. The boundaries that we strive to break are not just political or corporeal boundaries. In fact, there are many boundaries that lie in the difference of our languages, religions, races, perspectives, and many more attributes, that hinder us from coming together as one. We aspire to turn the crisis into an opportunity for us to connect with one another regardless of the many obstacles. It has always been the mission of our conference to bring youths around the world to engage in discussions and seek potential solutions for various global issues. We believe that only when we unite and confront the challenges together as one, do we come out of it stronger than before.

 

ISC67 has initiated to thrive over those boundaries by making this platform possible during the hardest time. On this timely occasion, we would like to call for our peers who are the future of the world to be part of our intercultural dialogue which aims to bring creative innovations to society and foster unity that transcends our national borders. "New Normal" is not a term that defines us. We are the ones who are defining what "New Normal" is and ought to be. No matter what boundaries pull us apart, we believe that we can still come together as one, and grow stronger in the age of "New Normal".

Table Topics

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POLITICAL ACTIVISM AND PARTICIPATION:

Why They Take Part in Politics

About The Topic

Voter turnout in America for the 2020 general election was 62.0%, the highest in over a century. Candidates and their campaigns worked tirelessly to ensure this and yet, this is low by international standards. Sweden’s 2018 election saw an 82.1% voter turnout and Israel’s 2020 election, 77.9%. Voter turnout in Japan for the 2017 general election was 53.68%, second-lowest in postwar Japan, even with the voting age lowered to 18. This makes it crystal clear: even when the right to vote was granted to a flood of new young people, they didn’t turn out as expected. In this Table, we will focus on first identifying why political participation is crucial, realizing the obstacles that are currently in our way, naming the myriad of ways we can become active in our political circles, and lastly, pitching ways we can dramatically increase political participation across the globe. 

Table Chief

 

Sarah Aoyagi

Waseda University

Undergraduate Y4

Message from the table chief

Hello and thank you for your interest in Table 1! I first met politics in fourth grade, when I voted for the mock presidential election at my elementary school. With the current state of our global politics, now more than ever, it is crucial that we come together and realize our responsibility as citizens. I am beyond excited to be able to hear from all of you about your ideas and truly hope that together we can work towards a generation and society that is more attuned to politics and in our ability to change the course of our future. 

 

 

  

NUCLEAR POLITICS:

What We Can Do for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

About The Topic

On January 22, 2021, the international community placed a potential milestone in its history: the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was enforced. This means that the fundamental guarantor of national security is confronting mistrust about their very existence. Since its birth in 1945, nuclear weapons have been at the center of security conversations despite the tragedies in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and other test sites. Can we rely on these weapons in spite of various ongoing uncertainties? Or, should we proceed with nuclear proliferation to balance out each country’s security? Our table will explore a number of such enduring questions about nuclear weapons and technologies. Let’s delve into the world of nuclear politics so that this topic does not remain just a “distant reality.”

Table Chief 

 

Shinsaku Takikawa (Chris)

Soka University of America

Undergraduate Y2

Message from the table chief

Hi everyone! Thank you for your interest in this table! Having been born in Japan and learned about the realities surrounding nuclear weapons, I would like to explore what we can do for a world free of nuclear weapons with those from various backgrounds. Even if you are not very familiar with the topic, you are absolutely welcomed! I’m also not a professional, so let’s study and discuss together step by step.

 

 

  

FOOD SECURITY:

How the Global Government Should Sustainably Feed 8 Billion

About The Topic

Every day, food has been taken for granted as the basis of our happiness and healthy life; specifically, Japan has been well-known for its advanced and diverse food culture. However, we must never forget that food availability is limited, and nearly 829 million of the world's population stays hungry at the end of the day. A lack of food security occurs mainly in the Third world countries due to a wide range of factors such as poverty, climate change, slow agricultural development and demographic explosion. As all individuals worldwide have Human rights to their basic life, we need to reconsider just the distribution of food resources and ensure that everybody can meet the minimum dietary diversity standards required for growth. Our table members will discuss how companies in developed countries like Japan can provide other nations with the methods to produce sustainable food products. Meanwhile, we also approach the efficient use of scarce resources on the earth as well as the current issue of food waste. 

Table Chief

Minori Kawaguchi

University of Amsterdam

Undergraduate Y2

Message from the table chief

Thanks for your interest in our table! By the way, do you maybe want to grab some snacks?--Me too. We can go to a supermarket whenever we want and even make a  phone call to order pizza. But frankly, we are just fortunate. An enormous number of people in the world do not have such an opportunity. Now, it is time to change the current situation and bring dietary development all over the world. What should people produce to solve the issue of hunger and malnutrition? How can wealthy states cooperate with them? Is current global food distribution just? If you are interested in these questions, you are all welcome to our table! Let's reconsider the way to feed 8 billion of the global population! I am looking forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

  

MIGRANT LABORERS:

Rethinking Migrant Labor Rights in The Pandemic

About The Topic

According to globalization, many people started working internationally beyond national borders. In such a situation, the Japanese government amended the “Immigration control and refugee recognition act” to help the shortage of workers in some fields on April 1st, 2019. They planned to accept more than 340 thousand of immigrants through 5 years. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many foreign workers suffered from unstable situations. For example, 93 foreign workers were fired from a temporary staffing agency in Mie Prefecture according to Mainichi newspaper. Furthermore, there are some people who were dismissed unfairly. Such “fired” workers cannot return to their home countries and they are at a loss what to do. How can we protect such “weak” people in social status? We will discuss what kind of actions we need to take for foreign workers in Table 4.

Table Chief 

 

Momoka Takagi

Nagoya City University

Undergraduate Y3

Message from the table chief

For everybody, 2020 was a “challenging” year. Our “normal” society was changed and we were forced to live in a “new normal” society. In such a situation, I found news that workers from abroad suffer because of the precarious environment. In my hometown, there are many people from abroad. And thanks to them, I can live without any inconvenience. I thought I needed to do something to help such people. Then, I decided to focus on this topic to think again about the Japanese working situations, especially workers from abroad. In table 4, I will discuss the way to improve this problem from many aspects. If you are interested in this topic, please join Table 4 and think together.

 

  

PARTICIPATORY URBAN PLANNING:

Developing Inclusivity & Accessibility in the Globalized Cities

About The Topic

It is estimated by the WHO that around 7 billion people are going to live in cities by 2050. A high concentration of humans per given amount of space can pose an array of problems from "hard" issues such as increased demands for housing, water, sanitation, healthcare, and educational needs that a city could not sustainably meet long-term. Not having these basic needs met could propagate lesser obvious and hard to quantify problems such as gender and economic inequality, systematic class segregation in space-use, corruption in public institutions, and prevalence of crime in low-earning neighborhoods among others. Urban planning authorities and governing bodies globally are mostly implementing a top-to-bottom approach in developing public spaces. The problem with this approach is that it systematically makes the public opinion and preference unincluded in the implementation of building and infrastructure projects that makes cities segmented and isolated from each others' needs. To address this, we need to go back to the basics wherein we tap into the most important resource a city has to offer: the human experience itself. Bringing people's participation will refocus a city to be truly for people and by people. 

Table Chief

 

Patricia Calma

SP Jain School of Global Management

Undergraduate Y3

Message from the table chief

Thank you for your interest in Table 5, an interdisciplinary approach to the built environment! You have probably wondered what the cities of the future would look like. There are many movies, books, and shows that speculate what major cities would eventually be. Would it be dystopian-like? Overrun with robots? Would people be warring over resources? Or would it be a utopian one, with space-age tech used for our transportation? With people enjoying parks and public amenities worry-free? Cities will be the playground of future human activities. How we experience life is heavily dependent on our literal environments. As much as possible, we’d like our cities and hometowns to fulfill our needs. But due to poor urban planning nowadays, some members of the privileged public like corporations are lobbying for public spaces to be converted into capital-centered infrastructures that have the lobbying capacity to displace communities, harm civilian experiences, and eradicate cultural heritage sites. The challenge for cities of today boils down to ensuring that urban planning is focused on human experiences and public welfare. By deliberately including civilian perspective into urban planning (that means you!), we are ensuring that the needs of the common folk are being heard and are treated as a priority.

  

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