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Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Keiko IKEDA
Division of International Affairs, also Vice-Director, Center of International Education at Kansai University

Professor Keiko IKEDA is Ph.D. from University of Hawai'i at Manoa specializing in Japanese linguistics, foreign language education, conversation analysis. Her research areas include (1) ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, and multimodal analysis of various social interactions such as political communication, human robot interaction, ICT enhanced classrooms, and (2) International Education (particularly Internationalization at Home).
Some of her most recent publications are the following:
Collateral damage: An investigation of non-combatant teasing by American service personnel in occupied Iraq and Afghanistan. Co-authored with Bysouth, D., Jeloos-Haghi, S.  Pragmatics and Society.6(3):338-366. 2015
Interactions between a quiz robot and multiple participants: Focusing on speech, gaze and bodily conduct in Japanese and English speakers. Co-authored with Akiko Yamazaki,Keiichi Yamazaki Interactional Studies13(3): 366-389, 2014
Laughter and Turn-taking: Warranting next speakership in multiparty interactions In Glenn & Holt (eds.) Studies of Laughter in Interaction ,Co-authored with Bysouth, D., Bloomsbury.2013. Pp.39-64.

Keynote speech title: Internationalization at Home Initiatives for Japan: New Developments and Challenges for Japanese Higher Ed. Institutions
Abstract: The concept of internationalization at home (IaH) plays a rather new, yet very important role, for Japanese universities particularly when the emphasis of internationalization efforts has always been on physical mobility to overseas. Mobility can bring substantial learning outcomes to participants and IaH is not to hinder the mobility in any ways. However, it is also a fact that mobile students will continue to make up a relatively small proportion of the student body. This implies that a comprehensive internationalization can only be accomplished when the university campus lives, which are for sure available to the whole student body, are integrated in the picture. Therefore, IaH should be highly regarded and invested institutionally to make it happen.
In this presentation, I address various aspects of IaH, with a specific focus on cases for Japan’s higher-ed institutions. In the past twenty some years, Japan has experimented with a wide range of trials and made progress in promoting internationalization of its universities. It has also made many failures along the way. By trial and error, Japanese universities seek greater recognition as internationalized institutions by others in the world – and not just those within Japan. The presentation will provide a brief overview of some of the more significant historical developments in this regard.
In the latter part of the talk, I will discuss two specific examples of IaH, more specifically internationalization of curriculum (IoC). The first example is categorized as “virtual exchange” in the international education literature. With the use of ICT tools easily available today, domestic classes can now connect with a classroom overseas without mobility. The second example is EMI (English Mediated Instruction) curriculum. Increasing numbers of institutions all over the world now offer EMI courses to attract both international students and advanced local students within the nation. Both approaches are effective, and in fact they have afforded universities in Japan some measure of advancement in internationalization processes. There remain, however, significant issues and challenges. I will explore them with reference to some specific examples in the presentation.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Yasuo NAKATANI
Hosei University, Japan

Yasuo Nakatani is a Professor of the Faculty of Economics at Hosei University. He received Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham and was a visiting scholar at Oxford University. His research interests are Second Language Acquisition, Academic Writing and Business Communication. He published a number of research articles regarding Communication Strategies in international Journals such as The Modern language Journal (MLJ). He is a coauthor of Language Learner strategies: Thirty years of research and practice form Oxford University Press and has published several books such as Improving Oral Proficiency through Strategy Training, and Global Leadership: Case Studies of Business Leaders in Japan. He is a reviewer of MLJ, TESOL Quarterly, System, Language Learning and Journal of Pragmatics.

Keynote speech title: Enhancing learners’ production ability: presentation and academic writing skills for globalizing process of university education
Abstract: The author presents some ideas for how to enhance EFL learners’ production skills such as oral presentation and academic writing. It has been argued that universities should change their function towards the global model of a knowledge-producing center of innovation. To achieve this goal, it is necessary for students to develop production skills in English which is a useful international language. However, to date, there remains the unsettled question regarding what and how to learn such skills at higher education. Indeed, there are few studies which provide evidence of effectiveness of specific methods. This paper demonstrates how to utilize the results of computer-based corpus research into EFL classroom contexts. First TED speech corpus is analyzed to reveal how representative business leaders should conduct persuasive presentations. Then, academic corpus data based on competitive research journals is used to show how to persuade for acceptance. These results indicate that there are several important communication strategies which we could introduce into tertiary education.

Plenary Speaker

Prof. Hitoshi Takehara
Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Professor Hitoshi Takehara received his Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from the University of Tsukuba. After working at the MTB Investment Technology Institute (current Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Investment Technology Institute) as a researcher, he started his academic career as an assistant professor at the Institute of Socio-Economic Planning, University of Tsukuba. Since 2006, he has been a professor at the Waseda University Graduate School of Business and Finance. Professor Takehara’s main research interest is in asset pricing models and portfolio management.

Plenary speech title: Corporate Innovation in Family Business: Evidence from Japanese Public Firms
Abstract: This paper investigates whether innovative activities conducted by family firms in Japan can be distinguished from the ones by non-family firms. For this purpose we choose the sample of listed firms, both family and non-family firms and investigate four innovation related variables: i.e., accumulated R&D expenditures, the number of patents granted, the number of patent citations, and the scores to measure the quality and value of exclusive rights of the patents. With univariate analysis we find that the levels of innovative activities by family firms are superior in some types of family firms for R&D investment, the number of patents, and the number of patent citations. We find that the ownership of more than 50% of shares by founding families marginally enhances the number of patents, the number patent citations, and the scores of the exclusive rights. With cross-section regressions, however, we find that the founder CEOs can enhance R&D investment, but are detrimental to the number of patents and the number of patent citations, and that the descendent CEOs tend to circumvent innovative activities except R&D investment. Nonetheless, we find that larger share ownership by founding families can enhance the level of R&D investment and the number of patent citations. Overall we find that the founders spend on R&D expenditures more than the descendent CEOs and professional managers, and for other three variables professional managers can contribute more for innovative activities than the descendent CEOs.