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JAMCO Online International Symposium

28th JAMCO Online International Symposium

February 2020 -

Educational Content in the Developing Countries : Its Role and New Possibilities

Opening Remarks

Takashi TAJIMA
President, Japan Media Communication Center

The Japan Media Communication Center (JAMCO) exchanges television programs with a view to fostering mutual understanding between Japan and other countries and to contribute to the development of broadcasting and social development in the developing world. Since its establishment in 1991, JAMCO has been holding an international symposium almost every year on a range of topics relating to broadcasting.

The role and new possibilities for educational content in developing countries is the theme for this online symposium. I look forward to the presentations, debates and views that will be expressed by researchers, experts, as well as people directly involved in education.

The main task of JAMCO is to produce international editions of Japanese television programs. Programs suitable for developing countries are selected and translated into English, Spanish, French and other languages as required. JAMCO currently has 1,744 of these programs in its library. They span a range of genres, including drama, children’s programs, educational programs, and documentaries. To date, JAMCO has supplied 13,000 programs to 97 countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere around the globe. The programs are aired in English or otherwise adapted to other languages.

The fundamental task of JAMCO is to supply programs, and this online symposium goes back to the basics, as it were, looking at the role of television content in the educational program sector, which is indispensable for social development, especially in the developing world. It will consider the current situation and issues around the globe. Raising educational standards, the creation of peaceful national structures, and steady economic growth are the biggest issues for the developing world. So bearing this mind, the symposium will start off with presentations about the situation in a number of developing countries, and will provide a wide range of perspectives, including the changes and future potential of media, for fostering discussions. It follows that this endeavor should also provide many suggestions and points of reference for the subsequent activities of JAMCO.

Takashi TAJIMA

President, Japan Media Communication Center

Career Summary
1959 Graduated from the University of Tokyo; joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1989 Appointed as Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Bulgaria
1993 Appointed as Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Myanmar
1995 Appointed as Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Canada; Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
1998–2004 Appointed as Secretary-General of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO)
2005–2010 Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Toyo Eiwa University
2007–2010 Visiting Professor at Akita International University

Publications
China and Southeast Asia. 1981. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
Burugaria Chuzaiki (Diary of Residence in Bulgaria). 1994. Kobunsha
Myanma ga Mietekuru (Myanmar Coming into View). 1997. Simul Press
Kaiteiban Myanma ga Mietekuru (Myanmar Coming into View: Revised Edition). 2002. Yuho Shoin
Kokusai Josei Bunseki (2) (Analysis of International Affairs) [Chapter on Canada]. 2004. Kajima Institute of International Peace
Nicchu Heiwa Yuko Joyaku Kosho to To Shohei Rainichi (Negotiating the Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship and Deng Xiaoping’s Visit to Japan). 2018. Iwanami Shoten

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