The Second Asian Symposium on Healthcare Without Borders

The Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima
August 6-8, 2015
Hiroshima, Japan

HWB 2015 will coincide with the 70th Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Remembrance Ceremony
August 6-8, 2015 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima, Japan

HWB 2015 includes guided tours of Hiroshima’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Peace Park and Miyajima

Deadline for Proposals: Friday, May 8, 2015

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Join us in Hiroshima, Japan from August 6-8, 2015 for the Second Asian Symposium on Healthcare Without Borders which will coincide with the 70th Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Remembrance Ceremony. In addition to our focus on healthcare issues, participants will also be provided with a special, guided tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and a chance to meet and hear the stories of survivors of the atomic bombing.

About Asia Healthcare Without Borders 2015

Rapid economic development across Asia has brought about vast improvement in the health care industry with some traditional health metrics, such as infant mortality rate and infectious disease rate among others, decreasing while life expectancy across the board is increasing. However, this rosy and simplified view masks the sharp health care disparities underlying Asian nations as well as the diverse challenges they face.

Many factors from the varying levels of social, political and economic development to geology and climate change, which have been responsible for the recent earthquakes and seasonal typhoons and floods, have been reshaping the continent and spawning critical healthcare questions in need of tangible solutions. In Southern Asia, 1 in 16 children die before the age of five because of the effects of poverty and the absence of quality health care. Although life expectancy is increasing in the region, at 64 years, it desperately lags behind the rest of Asia. How can we ensure the equitable and efficient allocation of health-related resources across all Asia to meet basic needs and emergencies?   What role can policy makers play in creating affordable universal health care?

On the other end of the spectrum, well-developed nations like Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore boast a life expectancy over 80 years old.   This fact raises many questions concerning health policies including: How to address the aging populations and their subsequent ballooning health care costs, as well as the rising number of both non-communicable and dietary diseases, which severely affect all of Asia.

The 2015 Asian Symposium on Healthcare without Borders will be held in Hiroshima, Japan: The City of Peace. The three-day conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, students and professionals. With the theme In Search of Sustainable Healthcare Quality and Delivery, it is hoped that today’s challenges in health care can be met with viable global solutions.

We are now accepting submissions from the themes shown below. Abstract submissions of 250 words must be submitted through our online system:

Biomedicine and Bioinformatics
Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Complementary and alternative medicine
Communicable / non-communicable     
Critical care management
Dental health / Oral health
Drug development and pharmacology  / toxicology
e-Health / m-Health / Telemedicine
Emergency room healthcare
Family medicine / General practice
Food safety / Foodborne illness
Geriatrics / Gerontology
Healthcare administration and policies 
Healthcare business and data management
Hygiene and sanitation
Immunology and epidemiology of major diseases
Intensive care management
Medical education
Medical ethics
Nursing informatics
Nursing practice and education
Nutrition and dietetics
Obstetrics and gynecology
Occupational therapy
Palliative care
Pediatric care
Physical therapy
Psychiatry / Mental health
Public health / Community health
Sexual health
Ubiquitous healthcare (u-Health)

Special topics
Developing countries: providing aid in insecure environments
Developing countries: access to healthcare
Developing countries: appropriate healthcare technologies
Environmental health and climate change
Ethical issues in globalization of healthcare
Evaluating global healthcare
Millennium Development Goals: 2015 and beyond
Smart homes and ambient assisted living
Social work leadership in healthcare
Water-related diseases


Host Organizer Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada 2 Takayuki Yamada
Chairman, Board of Directors
The PRESDA Foundation of Japan

Takayuki Yamada is a co-founder of the PRESDA Foundation of Japan. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

PRESDA is an independent, private, non-profit, chartered organization founded in 2010 by members of Rotary International to raise awareness in the realm of sustainable development and human rights and thereby increase the quality of life for the global community.

Mr Yamada also serves on the Rotary Polio Plus Committee of Japan. In 2011 and 2013 he led humanitarian and medical missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr Yamada was appointed to serve on the Rotary International Youth Exchange Programme in Japan.


Program Director

Professor Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka
Special Programs Director, ESD Focus, The PRESDA Foundation of Japan
Academic Director, TIER A Research Center, Japan

Professor Michael Sasaoka oversees special programs, events and business development for ESD Focus, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for the PRESDA Foundation of Japan. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. He has worked in curriculum design roles with YMB, ETS and CIEE. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development, oceanography and overfishing. Presently, he is involved with a private research center that tracks data and implements nationwide TOEIC examinations.  In his free time, he is an avid aquarist and maintains a sixteen-hundred liter, aquascaped saltwater aquarium. He is passionately concerned about the impact of pollution and overfishing on the global health of oceans and reefs.

Plenary Speaker

Professor Eiko Kawagoe Eiko Kawagoe
Professor, School of Nursing
Kobe City College of Nursing, Japan
Former Vice President, Japan Association for Medical English Studies
Councilor, The Japan Society for Medical English Education

Eiko Kawagoe is a noted author and academic on medical English education and healthcare communication. She is a professor in the School of Nursing at Kobe City College of Nursing. Professor Kawagoe is also the former Vice President of the Japan Association for Media English Studies and a Councilor of the Japan Society for Medical English Education.

Her research interests include medical English education, ESP, and current English studies. She has published numerous books, such as “Current English (Medical Version) – The Daily Yomiuri” (Daigaku Kyoiku Pub., 2011), “Travelers’ First Aid Kit” (Cengage Learning, 2008), “Mimikara Manabu Tanoshii Nurse Eigo” (Kodansha, 2002), “Nursing Terms and Expressions Everybody Uses” (Medical View, 2007) and “15 Points in Reading English for Nursing Purposes” (Medical View, 2005).

Committee Secretariat

Professor Walter Kennedy Walter Kennedy, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences
Kumamoto University, Japan

Dr. Walter Kennedy is a professor and researcher in the Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences at Kumamoto University in Japan. Presently, Dr. Kennedy is a visiting researcher and faculty member at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. He has previously held a number of academic posts at the University of California-Santa Barbara Tokyo University and NKUST in Taipei, Taiwan. Dr. Kennedy has research interests in East Asian Studies, globalization, human rights and social justice. He has  published numerous research articles in international and national journals and proceedings.

Symposium Coordinator

Professor Ken Yoshida Ken Yoshida, Ed.D.
Lecturer, College of Humanities and Sciences
Nihon University, Japan

Dr. Ken Yoshida is a forensic anthropologist and archaeologist. He is a lecturer on cross-cultural communication and development in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Nihon University in Japan. A native of Hawaii, Dr. Yoshida is a fourth generation Japanese-American with family roots in both Japan and the US. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s education at the University of Hawaii, before earning a Doctorate in Education at Arizona State University. Prior to his position as a lecturer at Nihon University, he spent two years working as a field anthropologist and archaeologist in Latin America. Dr Yoshida speaks English, Japanese, Spanish and German. His research and teaching interests include community development, religion, archaeology and semiotic anthropology.

Asia HWB 2015 affiliates and initiatives that we support include:

Universidad de Guadalajara Center for Economics and Administrative Sciences Sonoma State University School of Science & Technology Maejo University
uic green PRESDA Hiroshima Peace Institute
Arizona State University

the global compact

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Asia HWB Organizing Committee

Takayuki Yamada
Chairman, Board of Directors
PRESDA Foundation
Michael Sasaoka
Professor, Special Programs Director, ESD Focus, PRESDA Foundation
Academic Director, TIER A Research Center, Japan
William Brown, Ph.D.
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
Hokkaido University, Japan
William Kennedy, Ph.D.
School of Social and Cultural Studies
Kumamoto University, Japan
Aruna Kumar Mondiltoka, Ph.D.
Dept. of Public Health
Ambedkar University, India
Martin Wilhelm, M.D.
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Frankfurt, Germany
Former Dean of Medical School
Ken Yoshida, Ed.D.
College of Humanities and Sciences
Nihon University, Japan
Mary Ann Tarusan, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Medical Education
Mindanao University, The Philippines
Eiko Kawagoe
Professor, School of Nursing
Kobe City College of Nursing, Japan
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