miércoles, 10 de febrero de 2016

Highlighting JAPAN

E-mail Newsletter "Highlighting JAPAN"
No. 95 (February 2016)

[Contents of Highlighting JAPAN  February 2016]


- Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Abe by Mr. William (Bill) Henry Gates III, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Japan-Australia Summit Meeting and Other Events
- Unveiling of the Official Logo for the G7 Japan 2016 Ise-Shima Summit and Award Ceremony
- Courtesy Call from Representatives of the Ship for World Youth Leaders


[ Driving the Robotics Age ]

- Robots Past, Present and Future

Interview with Dr. Kazuhito Yokoi, the director of the Intelligent Systems Research Institute-part of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), in Tsukuba, Japan-about the path robotics has traversed in Japan and prospects for the future.

- These Are the Droids You’re Looking For

Glory Ltd.’s futuristic production line employs next-generation NEXTAGE humanoid robots that work in companionable conjunction with human employees to build complex currency-sorting machines.

- The Lure of Success

A new, fully automated squid-fishing device uses computer control technology designed for industrial robots to faithfully replicate the maneuvers employed by expert fishermen. Customizable for ease of use and requiring less power to operate, the device is finding fans both in Japan and overseas.

- Giving Surgeons a Helping Hand

DENSO Corporation partnered with two universities and medical professionals to devise a revolutionary motorless surgical support robot called the iArmS that reduces the tremors from arm strain and fatigue surgeons experience as they perform procedures.

- Smart, Weird and Wonderful

The Henn-na Hotel (literally, “Weird Hotel”) has garnered global interest because robots handle many of its services.The hotel’s management concept is designed to trim labor costs and conserve energy, with an eye toward Japan’s future.

- RoboCab at Your Service

Experts believe that fully automated robot taxis will help solve Japan’s social needs and represent a step toward maintaining a more convenient and intuitive environment for foreign residents as the country globalizes.

- Test Subject

Can a robot get into the University of Tokyo?” That’s the question the team led by National Institute of Informatics seeks to answer with their similarly-titled project as they prepare the artificial intelligence robot To-Robo-kun to tackle the entrance exam at Tokyo University, designed to be the most difficult entrance exam in Japan. We spoke with project director Noriko Arai about the significance and goals of the project.

- Anime Robot Evolution

Japan has envisioned numerous robots over the last half century, primarily through its colorful manga and anime culture, and the history of Japanese robot anime is one reason for Japan’s global reputation for being “robot country.” Anime and film critic Ryusuke Hikawa explains.



- Instruments Both Delicate and Strong / Japan’s Kono Seisakusho Co., Ltd.,

Surgery via microscope relies on ultrafine needles smaller than a hundred micrometers in diameter?thinner than a strand of most human hair. Japan’s Kono Seisakusho Co., Ltd., a trusted provider to medical professionals, produces the world’s smallest surgical needles.


- Packed with Style / Thomas Bertrand

Thomas Bertrand’s firm Bento&co markets Japan’s signature bento boxes and related products in about ninety countries. He’s helped fuel consumer fascination with these containers, particularly in France, to the extent that French dictionaries now include the word “bento.”


- The Cosmos Is Our Canvas / Lena Okajima

Lena Okajima and her company ALE Co., Ltd. are blending science, art and entertainment in their artificial shooting star project, aiming to create truly stellar entertainment in outer space.


- An Island Bursting with Zest / the regions bordering Japan’s Seto Inland Sea

Citrus production is big business in the regions bordering Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, and two tiny hamlets in the area yield mountains of the fruit. Yuzu and sudachi are the varieties prized most, thanks to their refreshing taste and fragrance?and positive effects on health.

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martes, 9 de febrero de 2016

H-Net Notifications - JOBS

Table of Contents

  1. JOBS> H-Net Job Guide Weekly Report For H-Buddhism: 1 February - 8 February
  2. RESOURCE> IeB Scholiast update - Feb 2016 (Mahoney)
  3. BOOK REVIEW> Murphy Kao on Cogan, 'The Princess Nun: Bunchi, Buddhist Reform, and Gender in Early Edo Japan'

JOBS> H-Net Job Guide Weekly Report For H-Buddhism: 1 February - 8 February

The following jobs were posted to the H-Net Job Guide from 1 February 2016 to  8 February 2016.  These job postings are included here based on the categories selected by the list editors for H-Buddhism. See the H-Net Job Guide website at http://www.h-net.org/jobs/ for more information.  To contact the Job Guide, write to jobguide@mail.h-net.msu.edu, or call +1-517-432-5134 between 9 am and 5 pm US Eastern time.

Aarhus University - Assistant or Associate Professorship in Sustainable Heritage Management 800475

FLAME University - Faculty Positions in Liberal Arts

IXL Learning - History Curriculum Designer

Bard Graduate Center - Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships

Colgate University - Curator of Collections (Open Rank)

Harvard Art Museums - Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Curatorial Fellow

Harvard Art Museums - Maher Curatorial Fellow

Harvard Art Museums - Rousseau Curatorial Fellow in European Art

Harvard Art Museums - Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow in the Busch-Reisinger Museum

IXL Learning - History Curriculum Designer

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut - Doctoral Positions

Black Hills State University - Assistant Professor, European History

Vanderbilt University - Senior Lecturer - Hindi-Urdu

Bard Graduate Center - Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - Online Course Producer for rapidly growing Master's degree program in US history

University of Richmond - Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Humanities

Austin College - Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies (Chinese)

Austin College - Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies (Japanese)

University of Nevada - Las Vegas - Fellowship

Catholic University of America - tenure-track position in American Church History

FLAME University - Faculty Positions in Liberal Arts

American University - Sharjah - Head of the Department of Arabic and Translation Studies

Association for Asian Studies - Director of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives

Centre for East European and International Studies  (Zentrum fur Osteuropa- und internationale Studien) - Academic Director

Northwestern University - Northwestern University: Academic Adviser (primarily) and Assistant Professor of Instruction (FT, Evanston)
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RESOURCE> IeB Scholiast update - Feb 2016 (Mahoney)

Dear Colleagues,

The most recent update can be found here:

Scholiast update - February 2016
Publication date: 6.February.2016, 21:36

With best regards,


Richard Mahoney

Littledene  Bay Road  Oxford 7430  NZ
M: +64-21-064-0216  T: +64-3-312-1699
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BOOK REVIEW> Murphy Kao on Cogan, 'The Princess Nun: Bunchi, Buddhist Reform, and Gender in Early Edo Japan'

See this review on H-Shukyo:


lunes, 8 de febrero de 2016

Retiro Pascua 2016 - Las Tres Joyas- Triratna Valencia

boletín No. 14

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Tel: 96 348 0892

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Estudios de Asia Pacífico

Estudios de Asia Pacífico

Máster Internacional en Economía y Negocios de China e India
Experto en Economía y Negocios en China


Estimados amigos e interesados en China y la relación México-China:

Por este medio nos permitimos invitarlos a asistir al
que se llevará a cabo el lunes 15 de febrero de 9-14.30 hrs. en el Auditorio Narciso Bassols (Edificio B de la Facultad de Economía, planta Baja, Ciudad Universitaria).
La entrada es libre, pero es indispensable
REGISTRARSE en: cechimex@unam.mx o al 56222195 (indicando nombre, correo electrónico y adscripción institucional).

El evento buscará realizar un breve diagnóstico y enfocarse en propuestas para la relación México-China para el período 2016-2018. Con tal objetivo contaremos con un excelente grupo de expertos -académicos, empresarios, funcionarios y otros especialistas-, destacando:

1. Inauguración por parte del
Lin Ji (Ministro Consejero Encargado de Negocios, Embajada de China),
Leonardo Lomelí Vanegas (Secretario General, UNAM) y
Eduardo Vega López (Director, Facultad de Economía, UNAM).
2. Ponente magistral. Zhimin Yang (ILAS/CASS, China)
3. Ponente magistral. Abraham Zamora Torres (Director, BANOBRAS)
4. Relación estratégica-política: desempeño y propuestas (2016-2018)
  • Embajador Alfonso de María y Campos (SRE)
  • Embajador Eugenio Anguiano Roch (CIDE)
  • Dr. Rafael Fernández de Castro (ITAM)
  • Embajador Jorge Eduardo Navarrete (PUED, UNAM)
5. Relación estratégica-económica: desempeño y propuestas (2016-2018)
  1. Mtro. Roberto Zapata Barradas (Secretaría de Economía)
  2. Ing. Carlos Rojas Magnon (COMCE)
  3. Lic. Rubén Valdez Hoffay (MEXCHAM)
  4. Manuel Ando (MInth)
  5. Ignacio Martínez Cortés (UNAM)
Otros detalles del evento los podrán encontrar en: http://www.economia.unam.mx/cechimex.

De igual forma los invitamos a participar a la conferencia
"Chinese Academic and Research Institutions on Latin America" impartida por el Dr. Zhimin Yang el miércoles 17 de febrero a las 10am. El evento se llevará a cabo en el Aula Magna Jesús Silva Herzog, primer piso del Edificio Anexo de la Facultad de Economía, Ciudad Universitaria UNAM. Mayores informes al 56222195 y ver el mapa de ubicación en: http://www.economia.unam.mx/cechimex/index.php/es/contacto.

Saludos, enrique dussel peters

Dr. Enrique Dussel Peters
        Posgrado en Economía
        Centro de Estudios China-México
        Facultad de Economía
        Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

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domingo, 7 de febrero de 2016

H-Net Notifications

Table of Contents

  1. CFP> Panel proposal submission deadline extended: IABS 2017, Toronto
  2. CFP: International Burma Studies Conference

CFP> Panel proposal submission deadline extended: IABS 2017, Toronto

Dear Colleages,
As there have been e-lists on which this announcement did not circulate yet, and in order to give those who may have missed last weekend’s deadline another opportunity, I am hereby recirculating the First Circular of the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, August 20 to August 25, 2017, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
By the original deadline, we have already received plenty of excellent panel proposals, exceeding our expectations, and I would like to thank everybody who is promising to make the XVIIIth IABS Congress a success. However, we would like to give the chance to those of you who did not receive the circular and the call for panels to still submit a panel proposal along the guidelines specified in the Circular below.
The extended deadline for panel proposals is February 28, 2016.
Looking forward to your submissions, with warm regards,
Christoph Emmrich
XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies
August 20 to August 25, 2017, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
FIRST CIRCULAR: April 30, 2015

Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends:
On August 20th to the 25th, 2017, the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies will take place at the University of Toronto, in one of the world’s most diverse and dynamic cities. It is with excitement that on behalf of the IABS, my university, and the conference’s planning committee, I send you this first circular to warmly invite all IABS members and supporters to the congress in Toronto.
General Information
The XVIIIth Congress represents a recurring opportunity for Buddhist studies scholars from around the world to come together and celebrate the achievements of our field. Since the diversity of the field is ever increasing, the congress is also a good moment for new members to join our community. Colleagues who do not currently hold membership should apply through the online form at the IABS website at www.iabsinfo.net. Initial enquiries about eligibility should be sent to the association's Secretary General, Dr. Ulrich Pagel (up1@soas.ac.uk).
The International Association of Buddhist Studies is grateful for the support of its members, without which it would not exist. Membership comes with both privileges and duties. The Planning Committee would like to remind all prospective participants that they must be a fully paid member for the year 2017 in order to attend the event, deliver a paper or sit on a panel. To be a member of the association in 2017, colleagues wishing to participate in the congress will need to pay their IABS dues by December 31, 2016. All participants will also need to pay a congress registration fee used to help us cover the cost of hosting the event. The exact amount will be announced in the Second Circular.
Further Circulars, Information, and Website
Further circulars and information will be relayed via email. So please visit the conference website at http://www.iabs2017-uoft.ca and complete the electronic “Mailing List” request form, to be found on the website’s “Contact” page, as soon as possible. In order to attract to the congress scholars who do not hold current IABS membership, please forward this First Circular to anybody who might be interested in joining us in Toronto.
Academic Program
The aim of this Congress is to foster dialogue in the field, generate unique directions in research and come together to support the personal achievements of inspirational members. In order to meet these aims and contribute to the success of both ongoing and new research projects, the Planning Committee wishes to reaffirm the following format of proceedings:
(i) So that a range of scholars and research will be represented, only one paper per participant is permitted.
(ii) Each day will consist of four periods lasting an hour and a half each. During these periods of time several panels convene simultaneously. Five or six papers maximum will comprise each panel or section, with each paper allotted no more than 20 minutes. An additional 10 minutes for questions and discussion will be afforded for each paper.
(iii) General topics will be provided by the Planning Committee after input from current IABS members. Papers will be grouped by section according to the general topics announced in the Second Circular, April 2016.
(iv) All panels will be limited to half a day, save for special circumstances. Convenors organizing the panels will personally contact selected contributors.
Call for Initial Panel Proposals
With the interests and expertise of our members in mind, the Planning Committee would like to invite initial panel proposals from scholars and colleagues reflecting the wide and evolving range of Buddhist studies. Please provide a brief, 200 word description of the proposed topic for the panel you wish to convene. Include along with your description a tentative list of potential contributors for the panel (not counted within the 200 word limit). After the selected panel topics have been presented in the Second Circular, interested parties should contact the panel convenor directly to inquire about joining.
The initial panel proposals should be sent to Christoph Emmrich, Chair, Planning Committee of the XVIIIth IABS Congress, University of Toronto, Dept. for the Study of Religion, at christoph.emmrich@utoronto.ca. The deadline for the initial panel proposals is January 31, 2016.
Individual Paper Proposals
The Planning Committee will provide a list of themes in the Second Circular, along with a call for individual papers accordingly.
Posters and Exhibits
We welcome both posters and exhibits from members for this congress. The Second Circular will contain guidelines for special sessions of poster and exhibit presentations where members can engage one another in a less formal setting.
Visa Requirements
Please be advised that members should inquire into visa regulations between Canada and their home country as soon as possible. The planning committee is not able to procure visas for international attendees. Members may inquire through commercial travel agents, or with the Canadian consulate in your home country/region.
The University of Toronto is surrounded by a wide selection of culinary treasures, cultural sites and world class lodgings. Available accommodations range from discount dormitory style at $45/night, to midrange and boutique hotels, even bed and breakfast style rooms near campus. A full list of accommodations will be made available with the Second Circular.
Conference/Travel Grants
We regret that there is no financial assistance available directly from the Planning Committee, yet we encourage members to immediately pursue external grants, bursaries and stipends. The Planning Committee strives to ensure an affordable and enjoyable experience for all participants, scholars and students alike. The registration deadline and fee will be stated in the next circular.
The Team of the XVIIIth IABS Congress
I am delighted to present to you the conference’s Planning Committee. It will be generously assisted by the academic coordinator and his emerging team, as well as local administrative staff and volunteers.
Planning Committee President: Anne MacDonald, University of Vienna
Planning Committee Chair: Christoph Emmrich, University of Toronto
Planning Committee Members: Wendi Adamek, University of Calgary; James Apple, University of Calgary; Dan Arnold, University of Chicago; James Benn, McMaster University; Lara Braitstein, McGill University; Chen Shen, Royal Ontario Museum; Jinhua Chen, University of British Columbia; Shayne Clarke, McMaster University; Deepali Dewan, Royal Ontario Museum; David Drewes, University of Manitoba; Frances Garrett, University of Toronto; Amanda Goodman, University of Toronto; Nam-Lin Hur, University of British Columbia; Chiara Letizia, Université de Québec;  Jessica Main, University of British Columbia; Jason Neelis, Wilfrid Laurier University; Mark Rowe, McMaster University; Jeff Wilson, University of Waterloo
Planning Committee Advisory Board: Collett Cox, University of Washington; Birgit Kellner, University of Heidelberg; Ulrich Pagel, University of London; Tom Tillemans, University of Lausanne
Academic Coordination: Anthony Scott, University of Toronto
Allow me to conclude by wishing you a productive time ahead and by expressing my hope that my colleagues and I will see you in Toronto in 2017.
Yours truly,
Christoph Emmrich

Christoph Emmrich
Associate Professor, Buddhist Studies
Chair, Planning Committee of the XVIIIth IABS Congress
University of Toronto
Dept. for the Study of Religion
170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8
E-mail: christoph.emmrich@utoronto.ca
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CFP: International Burma Studies Conference

October 7-9, 2016
Submission deadline: April 15, 2016

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University. To commemorate, this year the Center will host the biennial International Burma Studies Conference, with the theme, “Traditions and Challenges,” at NIU in DeKalb, Illinois from October 7 to 9, 2016.

The Board of Trustees of the Burma Studies Foundation, the Burma Studies Group and the Center for Burma Studies cordially invite you to participate in this exciting conference! We invite papers on all aspects of Burma/Myanmar Studies, broadly defined, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, environment, health, history, literature, linguistics, music, political science, popular culture, religions, sociology and area studies.
In addition to the academic conference, the Center for Burma Studies will also be hosting a series of cultural events.

Submission details
We are accepting proposals for either individual papers or whole panels by April 15, 2016. Prospective participants must submit -- via attached Word document (.doc .docx) or pasted in an email -- a title and 150-250 word abstract for his or her paper, as well as the presenter’s name, affiliation, and contact information. Panel organizers, please submit this information, including a panel abstract, as well as all abstracts, for every participant on one continuous document. Send this information to burmastudies2016@gmail.com.  Accepted participants and panel organisers will be notified on or before May 15 2016.

As a result of the generosity of the Burma Studies Foundation, there is the possibility for reduced registration fees and partial travel assistance for students and scholars otherwise unable to attend the conference due to limited resources. If you would like to apply for these concessions, please attach a separate letter detailing your situation.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you in DeKalb in October!

Jane M Ferguson (Conference Convener)
Australian National University

Catherine Raymond (Co-Convener)
Northern Illinois University
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