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ASEAN+3 Cultural Heritage Forum 2015 “Potentiality of International Cooperation – Transmission and Utilization of Cultural Heritage in Southeast Asia”


In Southeast Asia, there has been a surge in interest regarding the utilization of cultural heritage, as well as its preservation and restoration. Today, it has become necessary to expand cooperation within Southeast Asia in the ways we view culture, in the technology to preserve and restore cultural heritage, in methods of transmission, and in personnel exchanges so that we can shape the future of the twenty-first century of Asian culture.

At the forum, experts from ASEAN countries as well as China, South Korea, and Japan that cooperatively support the ASEAN countries will meet. Countries with various political and economic systems will gather under one roof to discuss cultural heritage. The cultural heritage experts will openly discuss the state of tangible and intangible cultural heritage protection in their respective countries and the spirit behind the protection.

ASEAN+3 Cultural Heritage Forum 2015 Official Website:

ASEAN+3 Cultural Heritage Forum 2015

Data 9:30-18:00 Sunday, 13 December, 2015 (the venue will open at 9:00). Doors will remain open, and participants can enter and exit freely.
Venue Heiseikan-Auditorium at the Tokyo National Museum (13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku)
Organized by The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, the Japan Foundation Asia Center, and the Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage (JCIC-Heritage)
Supported by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA), the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo (Tobunken), Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Sumitomo Foundation, the Mitsubishi Foundation, the Toyota Foundation, the Foundation for Cultural Heritage and Art Research, the Cultural Heritage Protection Cooperation Office, Asia/Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO (ACCU Nara), the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan, the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, Japanese National Committee (ICOMOS Japan), Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), the Asahi Shimbun Company, the Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd., the Tokyo Shimbun, Nikkei Inc., The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd., the Yomiuri Shimbun Co.社
Admission fee Free (Registration is required prior to the forum)
Registration Please check the form on the official website
Language English/Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation available)
Maximum Number of Participants  300 participants
Inquiries ASEAN+3 Cultural Heritage Forum Office.Tobu Top Tours Co., Ltd., Tokyo International Project Division, Shinjuku Branch (Contact persons: Mr. Funaya and Ms. Sakamoto)

TEL: 03-5348-3500 FAX: 03-5348-3798


Keynote lecture 1
“Cultural Heritage as a Product of Ethnic Identity – Devising a Strategy for the Cultural Development of ASEAN+3”
Yoshiaki Ishizawa (Chairperson of JCIC-Heritage)

Keynote lecture 2
“Cultural Heritage in the ASEAN region” (tentative title)
Vira Rojpojchanarat (Minister of Culture of Thailand)

Session 1
“Diverse cultural heritage – Ideas and measures for its effective use”
Participating States: Brunei, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore

Session 2
“Strengthening and handing down the ties that help transmit cultural heritage to the future”
Participating States: Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam

Session 3
“Multilateral cooperation in cultural heritage”
Participating States: Japan, China, South Korea