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International Symposium

During the IA2007, the International Symposium will be held at the skills contest site (Twin-Messe Shizuoka) under the theme of:

Good Skills, Good Job
Realizing a Society for All
Date: November 16 (Friday)
Time: 09:30 – 09:45 Opening Remarks
09:45 – 10:30 Plenary Session (1)
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:15 Plenary Session (2)
12:15 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Parallel Sessions
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:00 Closing Session (Wrap-up of each parallel session)
Closing Remarks
Place: Twin-Messe Shizuoka Map

Plenary Session

Chairman:
Professor Ryosuke Matsui, Faculty of Social Policy and Administration, Hosei Univ.


Session (1)

Ms. Debra Perry, Senior Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation, International Labor Organization will be a keynote speaker, who will make a presentation from the international viewpoint on employment-related issues emphasising on integrated working environment for the realization of a Society for All.

Session (2)

Employers from overseas and Japan will talk about their initiatives and corporate social responsibility in regard to employment and human resources development for persons with disabilities.

Keynote speakers:
Mr. Don Crosby, USA
Vice President of International Human Resources, McDonald’s Corporation
Mr. Kazuto Ono, Japan
Senior General Manager, Human Relations Center, Canon Inc.

Biographies of Keynote Speakers

Parallel Sessions

Number of overseas speakers for each session will be 2. The allocated time for one presentation is 15 minutes.

Session (1): Enjoying My Working Life

Speakers are those with disabilities who are enjoying their work in various fields. They will speak about their past and present work experience by introducing their challenges in the workplace as well as their dreams for the future, thus conveying messages to disabled colleagues and to society at large.

Chairman:
Professor Tadashi Kudoh, Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Tokai-gakuen Univ.
Speakers:
Ms. Sharmila Divatia, India
Project Manager, Web Technology Group, Essar Information Technology Ltd.
Ms. Moonsook Choi, Korea
Local Government, Daegu City, Korea
Ms. Masako Kudo, Japan
Placement Promotion Institute for the Physically Challenged Co., Ltd. (Thanks Temp)
Ms. Rika Takagi, Japan
General Manager for the Measures of Sign Language, Association for the Deaf in Urayasu-City
Performer of the Legend of Mythica in Tokyo Disney Sea
Mr. Yuu Mochizuki, Japan
President, Amedia Corporation
Session(2): Supporting Disabled Workers
Speakers are from companies, service providers, and organizations of/for persons with disabilities. They will introduce their services, and initiatives to support disabled workers as well as future challenges.
Chairman:
Mr. Yoshihiko Nonaka, Manager, Vocational Rehabilitation Center, National Institute of Vocational Rehabilitation, JEED
Speakers:
Ms. Deborah Wan, Hong Kong
President, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association
Dr. Peter Pils, Austria
Headquarters, Austrian Workers’ Compensation Board
Dr. Nader I. Imani
Regional Director Europe, Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. KG
Ms. Ayuko Kaneko, Japan
President, Stroke Corporation
Ms. Safumi Takaya, Japan
Chief Employment Support worker, (Puren), Kushiro-Nemuro Employment and Living Support Center for Persons with Disabilities.
Session (3): International Abilympics: A Valuable Step in My Career
Speakers are the past IA participants. They will introduce their experiences before and after the IA, touching on challenges for skills development, new employment opportunities, networking in international settings, etc.
Chairman:
Professor Masaya Asahi, Department of Social Work, Saitama Prefectural Univ.
Speakers:
Mr. Jim Bek, Singapore
Contestant for PC Assembly in the 5th IA
Dr. Philip Deschamp, Australia
Contestant for Photography in the 5th IA
Ms. Eri Haneda, Japan
Contestant for English Desktop Publishing in 5th IA, Silver Medalist
Mr. Toshiya Shouji, Japan
Contestant for CAD ? Machinery in the 6th IA, Silver Medalist
Mr. Toru Hirase, Japan
Speaker of International Symposium in the 5th IA

Other Information

Language - English with simultaneous interpretation into Japanese
Sign language - Interpreters in International Sign Language and Japanese Sign Language
Captions - Japanese captions on large screens
Participants - Approximately 300 including speakers and specialists in the field of employment, education, social welfare, as well as employers and policy makers.