12th Annual Conference of the Asian Criminological Society (ACS)
Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan
2-5 October 2020
“Crime and Punishment under Asian Cultures: Tradition and Innovation in Criminology”
Ryukoku University has roots dating from 1639 and is one of the oldest universities in Japan. The University was established as a Buddhist seminary called “Gakuryo” (boarding school) in the precincts of Nishi-Hongwanji Temple for the promotion of Shin Buddhism research and education. The University today has seven faculties and graduate schools ranging from the humanities to the natural sciences. Boasting a student population of approximately 20,000 and spread over three campuses in Kyoto and Shiga, the University continues to preserve the past whilst at the same time pressing the boundaries of knowledge into the future. This is captured by the University’s slogan of “The Spirit of Tradition and Innovation”.
Kyoto is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture and is located in the Kansai region (West Japan) on the island of Honshu. As of 2018, the city has a population of 1.47 million. In 794AD, Kyoto was chosen as the new seat of Japan's Imperial Court. The Emperors of Japan would rule from Kyoto for the following eleven centuries until 1869, when the Court was relocated to Tokyo (the present capital of Japan). The modern municipality of Kyoto was established in 1889 and was fortunately spared from large-scale destruction during World War Two. As a result, its rich prewar cultural heritage has mostly been preserved, with the city considered the cultural capital of Japan and serving as a major tourist destination. It is home to numerous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, many of which are listed collectively by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Kyoto is also a center of higher educational institutions, with 34 universities and a total of 139,276 students, equating to 5.35 students per 100,000 population.
For more than forty years, and embodying its founding spirit, Ryukoku University has implemented educational and scientific programs to support corrections and rehabilitation for offenders and juvenile delinquents through the Corrections and Rehabilitation Center (CRC). Building upon this, the Criminology Research Center (CrimRC) was established in 2016 in order to construct a distinctive benchmark of criminological excellence – “Ryukoku Criminology” – based on the axis of crime prevention and human support, which will appeal to those not only in Japan but also throughout the world. A variety of survey and research activities are carried out with three aims: (1) to construct a Ryukoku Criminology standard; (2) to critically review official criminal policies and propose recommendations and alternatives; and (3) to develop highly professional policy stakeholders who acquire and utilize criminological expertise in the field of criminal policy.
The Asian Criminological Society (ACS) was established in 2009 in Macau with the following objectives: (1) to promote the study of criminology and criminal justice across Asia; (2) to enhance co-operation in the fields of criminology and criminal justice by scholars and practitioners; (3) to encourage communication between criminologists and criminal justice practitioners in Asia and the world through publications and conferences; and finally, (4) to foster training and research in criminology and criminal justice in institutions of learning, and in criminal justice agencies. Since the original conference, ten annual conferences have been held, respectively, in: Chenna (India); Taipei (Taiwan); Seoul (Korea); Mumbai (India); Osaka (Japan); Hong Kong; Beijing (China); Cairns (Australia); Penang (Malaysia); and Cebu (The Philippines). The 12th Annual Conference, which will take place between 2nd - 5th October, 2020, will be held in Kyoto, Japan.
The Chairman of the ACS (Prof. MIYAZAWA, Setsuo), Chairpersons of the Local Organizing Committee (Prof. ISHIZUKA, Shinichi; Prof. HAMAI, Kouichi) as well as the Administrative Committee (Prof. TSUSHIMA, Masahiro), cordially invite you to the cultural heart of Japan to participate in what will no doubt be an extremely stimulating academic conference on “Crime and Punishment under Asian Cultures: Tradition and Innovation in Criminology”.
Prof. Dr. ISHIZUKA, Shin-ichi
Ryukoku University, Kyoto