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Japanese and Asian Bioethics in Context, Tuebingen


I am now preparing for a PowerPoint presentation for the conference, Japanese and Asian Bioethics in Context, to be held in Tuebingen, Germany, Sep.26-29. This is my second trip to Germany. I have never been to Tuebingen. I am looking forward to seeing the city and Tuebingen University.

I am going to talk about the "philosophy of life" found in the texts written by feminists and disabled people in the 1970s. In the second part of my presentation I am going to talk about the idea of "fundamental sense of security" and "human dignity" in the age of advanced technology.

You can see the whole program on the Tuebingen University's website.

Workshop “The bioethical Discourse in Japan”

11:00-11:30 Introduction
Prof. Dr. Robert Horres (Tübingen University)
Director Yutaka Homma (Cultural Institute, Cologne, The Japan Foundation)

11:30-11:15 Prof. Susumu Shimazono (Tokyo University, Japan)
“Religion, Ethics and Biopolitics in Japan”

11:15-12:00 Prof. Dr. Jun Matsuda (Shizuoka University, Japan)
“Stem cell research in Japan and in Germany”

12:00-13:30 Lunch Break

13:30-14:15 Prof. Dr. Masahiro Morioka (Prefectural University of Osaka, Japan)
“Painless Civilization and Philosophy of Life: A philosophical challenge to overcome the limitation of Japanese bioethical discussions”

14:15-15:00 Prof. Dr. Ryûichi Ida (Kyoto University, Japan)
“Japanese Bioethics: A Model for Asia?”

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-16:15 Prof. Dr. Yutaka Hishiyama (Science Council of Japan, Tokyo, Japan)
“Resolving Bioethical Conundrums: Sources of Orientation for the Japanese Administration”

16:15-17:45 Discussion “Structures and Characteristics of the bioethical Discourse in Japan”

Bioethical Conflicts and Bioethical Discourse in Japan

10:00-10:45 Dr. Christian Steineck (Bonn University, Germany)
“Bioethics in the Academy: Ethical and Anthropological Traditions”

10:45-11:30 Dr. Ölschleger, Hans-Dieter (Bonn University, Germany)
“Values and attitudes towards bioethical issues in postwar Japan”

11:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:45 Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Josef Kreiner (Bonn University, Germany)
“The religious Discourse”

14:45-15:30 Miki Olschina, M.A. (Tübingen University, Germany)
“Bioethical issues and the responsibility of Journalism in Japan”

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-16:45 Prof. Dr. Robert Horres (Tübingen University, Germany)
“Biopolicy and Bioethical Conflicts”

16:45-18:00 Discussion “Japanese Approaches to the field of Bioethics”

Asian Bioethics

09.30-10:10 Dr. Christian Steineck (Bonn University, Germany)
“Biolaw, Biopolicy and Bioethics in Japan: Mutual Relation or Splendid Isolation?”

10:10-10:50 Dr. Ole Döring (Bochum University, Germany)
“Politic, public opinions, professional discourse”

10:50-11:30 Dr. Phillan Joung (Bochum University, Germany)
“The ideological character of culturalistic argumentations in bioethical discourse —Korean perspectives—”

11:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Discussion “Asian Bioethics? Fact or Fiction”

14:30-15:30 Meeting of the Research group on Transcultural Bioethics


Photo: Albany, NY, USA

   -- M.Morioka www.lifestudies.org

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Hello, Prof.Morioka. You are going to Tuebingen. That is the city where Hermann Hesse lived and worked as a clerk of bookstore. Anyway, I hope you will have fruitful discussions there, and you will complete a book for "philosophy of life" as soon as possible.

Thank you, tigercat. I know that I have to write the book, "Philosophy of Life" as soon as possible, but please give me time to contemplate. I have a lot of things to do, and a lot of papers to write. But anyway, I do write the book in the near future in Japanese and in English.

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