Tokyo College International Round Table: ”Living through a Pandemic – Reassessing the Covid-19 Crisis around the World” - Tokyo College

Tokyo College International Round Table: ”Living through a Pandemic – Reassessing the Covid-19 Crisis around the World”

2020.06.02 @ 21:00 – 23:00
Tokyo College International Round Table: ”Living through a Pandemic – Reassessing the Covid-19 Crisis around the World”

Tokyo College held International Round Table: “Living through a Pandemic—Reassessing the Covid-19 Crisis around the World”

On June 2, 2020, Tokyo College held an international round table event titled “Living through a Pandemic—Reassessing the Covid-19 Crisis around the World.” This online event brought together scholars from Tokyo College, and scholars from around the world with close connections to the College, to discuss the response to the coronavirus crisis in each of their respective countries, and the shape of the world going forward. Professor Masashi Haneda (Tokyo College Director) moderated, with Professor Viktoria Eschbach-Szabo (Tübingen University) participating from Germany, Professor Svante Lindqvist (Former President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences) from Sweden, Mr. Bill Emmott (Chairman of The Japan Society of the UK) from Ireland, Professor Jeremy Adelman (Princeton University) form the United States, Professor Park Cheol Hee (Seoul National University) from South Korea, and Professor Takeo Hoshi (The University of Tokyo) from Japan. For the round table event, participants recorded video responses to the following four questions from Tokyo College, and sent these to Tokyo College.

1. How is the coronavirus epidemic in your country at this moment?
2. What is the current political, economic and social situation in your country in connection with the corona crisis?
3. What is the particularity, according to you, of your country’s reaction vis-a-vis the corona crisis?
4. How do you envision the post-corona world?

The participants watched each other’s video contributions, which are available on the Tokyo College YouTube Channel, and participated in a round table event. Based on the conditions of each country, there was discussion on the day of how to overcome the coronavirus crisis, which is difficult for a single country to solve, and of the importance of global perspectives and cooperation. The issue of what role universities, as places of research and education, should play in future was also raised. Despite issues such as the time limit (9 to 11 p.m. Japanese time) and connection problems, this was a valuable first online event ahead of the “Beyond Corona Crisis” symposium commencing in the latter half of this month.

The video of the event is available to the public. A recording is provided below for those who were unable to watch the live broadcast on the day.☟

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Date(s) Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 21:00-23:00 (Japan time)

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Language English (No translation available)

This is the first public online event within the framework of Tokyo College “Corona Forum”. We will connect researchers from around the world who are closely related to Tokyo College online to talk about the response of each country to “Corona Crisis” and the future of the world.

Tokyo College sent 4 questions to the speakers beforehand.
1. How is the coronavirus epidemic in your country at this moment?
2. What is the current political, economic and social situation in your country in connection with the corona crisis?
3. What is the particularity, according to you, of your country’s reaction vis-a-vis the corona crisis?
4. How do you envision the post-corona world?

Speakers sent the videos (around 20 minutes each) in which they answered those questions to Tokyo College. They are uploaded on Tokyo College YouTube Channel
Speakers will join the online round table after watching all the videos.


Jeremy I. Adelman (Princeton University)
Bill Emmott (Writer & Chairman of the Japan Society of the UK)
Viktoria Eschbach-Szabo (Tübingen University)
Takeo Hoshi (The University of Tokyo)
Svante Lindqvist (Former Director of Nobel Museum, Former President of Royal Swedish Academy of Science)
PARK Cheol Hee (Seoul National University)
Moderator: HANEDA Masashi (Tokyo College Director)

You can watch the discussion on YouTube LIVE(

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The discussion will be recorded, so you can watch it on YouTube after the event too.


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