For Our Shared Environment and Future

Since 2008, every 2 years the Associations of Environmental Sociology in East Asia have taken turns in hosting the International Symposium on Environmental Sociology in East Asia (ISESEA; pronounced as “I-see-see”).
This International Symposiums have created stimulating spaces for researchers and practitioners in East Asia and beyond, to exchange ideas, find new approaches and forge friendships.

Most recent symposium

East Asian Uniqueness
and Diversity of
Environmental Sociology

Since 2008, every 2 years the Associations of Environmental Sociology in East Asia have taken turns in hosting the International Symposium on Environmental Sociology in East Asia. It now returns for a third time to Japan and the members of the Japanese Association of Environmental Sociology (JAES) in November 2023 in Yokohama, Japan!

The theme of the 9th International Symposium on Environmental Sociology in East Asia (ISESEA-9) is “East Asian Uniqueness and Diversity of Environmental Sociology: ISESEA’s 15-year Achievements and Dissemination to the World.” Based on the accumulation of research to date and in contrast with the West, we will discuss the uniqueness and diversity of Environmental Sociology in East Asia.

Over the last 16 years, this International Symposium has created friendly spaces for researchers and practitioners who are researching or are interested in East Asia and beyond, to exchange ideas, find new approaches and forge friendships. Please share this information with your colleagues, and we look forward to welcoming you all in Japan!

Organised by ISESEA-9 Organizing Committee,
Japanese Association for Environmental Sociology

Supported by International Sociological Association
Research Committee on Environment and Society (ISA RC24)

This symposium is also sponsored by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP23HP0301,
Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Kajima Foundation.

Information for ALL PARTICIPANTS
Conference fee
  • ・Regular 6,000 yen
  • ・Student 4,000 yen
Welcome Gathering (Option)
  • ・Regular 6,000 yen
  • ・Student 4,000 yen
Excursion (Option)
  • ・Yokohama to Tokyo study cruise only (3,000 yen)
  • ・Yokohama to Tokyo study cruise & Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall (5,500 yen)
  • (Due to limited seating, payment details for the excursion fee will be provided to those who are selected at a later date. Here, we are only confirming your interest in participating.)

Yokohama Kanazawa Hakkei Campus, Kanto-Gakuin University
1-50-1 Mutsuura higashi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 236-8501, Japan (37 minutes from Haneda Airport)

[5 minutes video: Find yourself in Yokohama, Explore Kanto Gakuin University]


There are many hotels in Yokohama. However, our symposium coincides with a Japanese cultural holiday, so we recommend you book your preferred room well in advance to avoid rising accommodation prices.

We will provide with lunch, small foods and drinks in the venue. You can also use vending machines in the campus. If you would like to have more foods and drinks, please use the nearest shop (Family Mart) shown on the above map. The shop is on the route guided by staff. It is recommended to buy on the way to the venue in morning, if you need.

From Yokohama Station to Kanazawa Hakkei Station
1. Select the line

Yokohama Station is served by several railway companies. Please take KEIKYU Line.
(Not JR, Tokyu, Sotestu and Yokohama municipal subway)

2. Select the track number

There are two platforms on Keikyu line. Please take the track number 1 (bound for Kamiooka, Misakiguchi, Uraga and so on).
Not take the number 2 (bound for Kawasaki, Shinagawa)

3. Select the type of train

Keikyu line has some types of train: Limited Express(Kaitoku/Tokkyu), Express. (Airport ExPress) and Local.
Please take the Limited Express or Express. Not take the Local (You can arrive the destination, but it takes long time).

4. Get off at Kanazawa-Hakkei Station

The number of Kanazawa Hakkei Station is KK 50. Not get off at the Kanazawa Bunko Station (KK 49)

From Kanazawa Hakkei Station to The Campus
1. On foot

It takes 15 minutes. Students staff guide you and the route map is the following.

2. By bus

Platform number is 1. (Route name: Kanto-Gakuin Jyunkan) On Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm, departures every hour at 00, 20, 40 minutes.
Please get off at Kanto-Gakuin Seimon (not Kanto-Gakuin Higashi) Sorry, no bus service on Sundays.

3. By taxi

There is a taxi stand in front of the station.Please say the driver, “Kanto-Gakuin, Seimon” or show this Chinese Character:関東学院正門


further developments are in progress


November 4th 2023
(Saturday: 11:00 to the evening)

Opening Ceremony

Plenary Session

Regular Session 1~10 + Special Session

Welcome gathering


November 5th 2023 (Sunday)

Regular Session 11~14 + Japanese Session

Panel Discussion:

Environmental Victims' Movements
in East Asia: Their significance and challenges

Regions and countries in East Asia have some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, but industrial pollution and large-scale infrastructure construction have caused serious damage to the environment and local people. Those people whose lives and livelihoods have been threatened by such corporate activities and national projects are often politically and economically less powerful and socially vulnerable; many are ordinary people who just want a peaceful life. However, in the face of these threats to their lives, health, and livelihoods, they have been compelled to act. In this way, many social movements have emerged. The goals of these grassroots movements are varied. In some cases, for example, people have protested such corporate activities, as well as national projects while others have sought compensation from corporations and governments.

In this panel discussion, we focus on these social movements that have been developed by the victims of environmentally harmful corporate activities and national projects.

These environmental victims’ movements address a wide range of issues such as industrial pollution; chemical injury (e.g., drug-induced diseases); infrastructure projects (e.g., land reclamation, river ‘improvements’, dam construction); and the construction of nuisance facilities (e.g., military base construction, landfill sites, nuclear power plants).

In this panel session, we discuss the following points: What ideas and thoughts have been created and expressed through the movements in each country and region?; How do these ideas and thoughts relate to Western environmental justice debates?; What is the contemporary significance of these ideas and thoughts?; What and how should we learn and inherit from these movements when pollution issues are often dismissed as past events?; How should we pass on the lessons from these movements to other parts of the world?; What can environmental sociology in East Asia offer to the development of environmental sociological theories on a global scale?

We hope this session provides an opportunity to clarify the significance of the ideas and thoughts of environmental victims’ movements in East Asia, and to critically analyze the challenges facing the next generations in inheriting the lessons from these movements.

Yuuki Tomozawa (Nagasaki University)
Sanghun Lee (Hanshin University)
Kuei-Tien Chou (National Taiwan University) & Hwa-Meei Liou (National Taiwan University of Science & Technology)
Yulin Zhang (Nanjing University)

Paul Jobin (Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica)
Catherine Mei Ling Wong (University of Amsterdam)
Ryoichi Terada (Meiji University)

Saburo Horikawa (Hosei University)

Closing Remarks


November 6th 2023 (Monday) from 8:30 to 17:00

[or from 8:30 to 11:00 if you are only participating in the morning]

Excursion: Yokohama to Tokyo study cruise & Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall

Fee: 5,500 yen per person (including bus, entrance to the exhibition hall, lunch, and drinks)
(or 3,000 yen per person only for the morning study cruise: no lunch included)
(The capacity of the bus and the boat is limited, so please express your interest early to secure your place.
Once confirmed, we will send you an email to ask you to pay the fee online)

This ISESEA-9 excursion brings you two memorable learning experiences of Yokohama, Tokyo and Japan. Related to the theme of the ISESEA-9 panel discussion, the excursion explores social changes created by pollution and coastal development in Japan, which resonate with the experiences of various East Asian communities. We look forward to exploring these sites with you and continuing the exchange of ideas in a relaxed atmosphere.

[from 8:30 to 11:00]

Firstly, the participants will experience the “Yokohama to Tokyo 2-hour study cruise” on waste disposal and coastal development. The route has been especially curated for the ISESEA participants, thanks to the Keihin Ferry company, which is providing a 4-year-old clean and spacious cruise boat with an open deck. The conference venue at Kanto Gakuin University is set amid scenery as depicted in Hiroshige’s “Ukiyoe,” Japanese traditional block paintings (Kanazawa Hyakkei). Excursion participants will experience how the city has changed since then. The excursion explores the issues of municipal waste; the history of Yumenoshima (“Dream Island”), a manmade island created by waste; and destruction of fishing communities, as well as how people in Yokohama and Tokyo currently enjoy and utilize the coastal areas.

The ISESEA organizing committee members will share short videos and talks on board to provide background information while participants enjoy the views and the sea breeze en route to the Hinode pier in the Tokyo Bay.

[It is possible for excursion participants to apply only for this morning part of the cruise. Please indicate if you wish to do this. The morning excursion group finishes at Hinode Pier. Please then take the 15-minute walk to Hamamatsucho Station to continue your own journey.]

[from 11:00 to 17:00]

After lunch at the Yumenoshima “Dream Island” Marina, we visit the Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall. Daigo Fukuryu Maru was damaged by the hydrogen bomb test conducted by the United States on March 1, 1954 at Bikini Atoll, the Marshall Islands in the Pacific. After exposure to the H-bomb test, the boat was reconstructed as a practice vessel for the Tokyo University of Fisheries and was finally retired from service in 1967. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government constructed this exhibition hall in order to spread knowledge, not only about wooden vessels used in deep-sea fishing but also to raise awareness so that the tragedy caused by atomic and hydrogen bombs will not be repeated. The ISESEA-9 organizing committee members and the Exhibition Hall curator will talk about one of the most long-lasting environmental contaminators – radiation.The Exhibition Hall will be opened exclusively for the ISESEA excursion participants on the day (it is usually closed on Mondays). Its curator will give us a special tour with plenty of time for Q&As and discussion among participants to consider how this learning can be linked to our future work and environmental sociology in East Asia.


Meet at the Yokohama Station bus stop (details to be provided later) then take a short bus ride to “Zo no Hana Pier” at the Yokohama port [The participants who only want to join the morning cruise might be asked to meet at Zo no Hana Pier directly (rather than at the bus stop at the station, due to bus capacity. The pier is less than 30 minutes by train and on foot). The morning-only course ends at Hinode Pier in Tokyo Bay at 11:00. Hinode Pier is 15 minutes on foot from Hamamatsu Station (Haneda Airport is about 20 minutes away from this station via a monorail)]


1) Yokohama to Tokyo 2-hour study cruise on waste disposal and development With generous support from the Keihin Ferry (, ISESEA has chartered a 4-year-old clean and spacious boat with an open deck to sail from Yokohama port into Tokyo Bay. Observing the changes in Yokohama and Tokyo Bay from the sea; issues of municipal waste; the history of Yumenoshima (“Dream Island”), a manmade island created by waste; destruction of fishing communities [N.B.: The participants who only want to join the morning cruise might be asked to meet at Zo no Hana Pier directly (rather than at the bus stop at the station, due to bus capacity. The pier is less than 30 minutes by train and on foot)]


The boat arrives at “Hinode Pier” in Tokyo Bay [N.B.: The morning-only course ends at Hinode Pier in Bay at 11:00. Hinode Pier is 15 minutes on foot from Hamamatsu Station (Haneda Airport is about 20 minutes away from this station via a monorail)]


A short bus ride from the pier to the Yumenoshima (“Dream Island”), a manmade island created by waste


Lunch and free time at the Yumenoshima Marina

12:20 -12:30

Short walk from the Marina to the Museum


2) The Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall ( - Special tour provided by the museum curator, Q&A session - The Exhibition Hall is open exclusively for the ISESEA participants on the day - Discussion session on the “Links between the Daigo Fukuryu Maru and Environmental Sociology” with a small panel and the participants - Visit to the museum shop


Walk back to the bus [N.B.: If you prefer, you can leave the tour here at the Exhibition Hall to walk 15 minutes to Shinkiba Station (Haneda Airport is less than 60 minutes away from this station by train)]


Drive to Yokohama Station


Arrive back at Yokohama Station (End of the excursion)


Further information, please Contact (Email):


Prof. Yoichi Yuasa
(Chair, The Organizing Committee for the ISESEA-9, and Trustee,
Japanese Association of Environmental Sociology)


Once Upon a Time in Beijing ....

The idea of bridging the gap between academic societies in East Asia is nothing new. In fact, there have been a couple of sporadic endeavors in the past to connect sociologists specialized in environmental issues and environmental sociology among East Asian societies. The Japanese Association for Environmental Sociology [JAES] organized an international symposium back in 1993. Bukkyo University in Kyoto, Japan, put together another international conference in 2001. The mailing list has been established among the participants of those symposia and e-mails were sent and received. But the networks that were formed during those events did not last long. When the excitement of a conference and the thrill of starting something new were gone, the network was gone, too.But it was all different when the international symposium was organized in Beijing in 2007. With more than 120 participants, it was a success. On the final day in Beijing, key scholars agreed to have a series of symposia in Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. Those scholars knew what they needed was sustained efforts to keep the network alive, not something sporadic.

Tokyo: Where It All Began

Following the agreement reached in Beijing, the very first symposium of what would later come to be known as the ISESEA-1 was held at Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2008. Leading scholars from across East Asia gathered in this 3-day intensive symposium with more than 150 participants. Following the tradition of “the excursion” held at each annual meeting of the JAES, there was a field trip made to places where environmental disruptions were pressing issues. This was very well received by the scholars from overseas. Both the symposium and the field trip were huge successes.During the ISESEA-1, it was agreed to hold the Symposium every 2 years (except the ISESEA-2) by taking turns among environmental sociology associations in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and China. In fact, a total of 8 ISESEA symposia have been held so far, as follows:

ISESEA-2: Shinchu, Taiwan (National Tsing Hua University), 2009
ISESEA-3: Buchon, Korea (The Catholic University of Korea), 2011
ISESEA-4: Nanjing, China (Hohai University), 2013
ISESEA-5: Sendai, Japan (Tohoku University), 2015
ISESEA-6: Taipei, Taiwan (National Taiwan University), 2017
ISESEA-7: Seoul, Korea (Seoul National University), 2019
ISESEA-8: Kunmin, China (Yunnan Minzu University), 2021
[ISESEA-9: to be held at Kanto Gakuin University, Yokohama, Japan, 2023]

Each ISESEA was unique in content and style, but friendliness, intensive discussion, and field trips are common features of ISESEA symposia.

The Things Achieved and Accomplished

It is true that there were some uneasy moments during our conversations at the ISESEA Tokyo back in 2008, for we had to communicate with each other in a language none of us was familiar with: English. Despite these difficulties, our relationship evolved over time and we became closer and closer as we kept meeting again and again at ISESEA symposia. Based on the friendship we garnered over the years, some international research projects have been embarked upon and their fruits have been published. The followings are good examples of such international collaborations:

• GWEC Editorial Committee, ed., A General World Environmental Chronology (Tokyo: Suirensha, 2014)
• 陳阿江編『環境社会学是什么:中外学者』(北京:中国社会科学出版社, 2017) [Ajiang Chen, ed., What is Environmental Sociology?: Chinese and Foreign Scholars Speak (Beijing: China Social Sciences Press, 2017)]
• Kuei-Tien Chou, ed., Energy Transition in East Asia: A Social Science Perspective (London: Routledge, 2018).
• Kuei-Tien Chou, ed., Koichi Hasegawa, Dowan Ku and Shu-Fen Kao, eds., Climate Change Governance in Asia (London: Routledge, 2020).
• Kuei-Tien Chou, ed., Koichi Hasegawa, Dowan Ku and Shu-Fen Kao, eds., Air Pollution Governance in East Asia (London: Routledge, 2022).
• So-Young Lee, ed., Special Feature: Just and Sustainable Transitions in Net-Zero Asia, Sustainability Science 18, 2053-2180 (Springer Nature, 2023)

Those publications would not have been possible without the ISESEA symposia where mutual trust was fostered among East Asian scholars. The ISESEA is, therefore, not just a series of symposia; it is a platform for international collaboration among environmental sociologists in East Asia.

The Logo

The logo is a magnetic compass. The green circle in the 3 o’clock position signifies “East Asia” and the color green symbolizes ecological values. The logo was confirmed as the official logo of ISESEA by the International Board in December 2015.

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