Monday, July 11, 2016

The Asian Conference on Politics, Economics and Law 2016 (ACPEL2016)

Dear Colleague,

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) invites you to participate in The Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Politics, Economics and Law 2016 (ACPEL2016). Join IAFOR and delegates from around the world in this international, intercultural and interdisciplinary event and enjoy the beautiful city of Kobe, Japan.

Held alongside The Seventh Annual Asian Business and Management Conference 2016 (ABMC2016) at the Art Center Kobe, Japan, from Thursday, October 13 - Saturday, October 15, 2016. Join us as we discuss this year's conference theme, "Development and Disruption: Continuity and Change" along with the 2016 conference committee members, Michael Alfont, Lowell Sheppard, Professors William Baber, Sarah Louisa Birchley, Stuart D.B. Picken and more!

This IAFOR conference welcomes submissions from all over the world and we encourage you to join us in Kobe, Japan to share your research and knowledge in an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary setting. To submit an abstract for presentation or participate as an audience member, please visit the website or contact us for more information.

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***Join IAFOR at ACPEL2016 to:

-Deliver your research findings to a global audience
-Have your work published in the conference proceedings and considered for peer-reviewed, open access IAFOR Journals
-Benefit from IAFOR's interdisciplinary focus by hearing the latest research on Business, Management, Politics, Economics, Law and more.
-Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
-Participate in interactive audience sessions
-Access international networking opportunities

*Discounts on registration fees are available for those able to pay registration fees early. Please see the registration page for details:

*If you have attended an IAFOR conference within the past year, or belong to an affiliated university or institution, we offer discounts in appreciation of your support. Please contact us for details.

*See the full schedule of our conferences in Japan, Dubai, Hawaii, Barcelona and the UK on our website.

***ACPEL2016 Conference Theme: "Development and Disruption: Continuity and Change"

The Second Asian Conference on Politics, Economics and Law is held in the great historical industrial and cultural Japanese hub of the Kansai region, comprising the Kobe-Osaka metropolis, with nearby Kyoto.

Asia is the world's economic motor, and Japan as the world's third largest economy sits between a rising but unstable China, and a far from fading US. As well as the economies of the big three, the dynamic city states, growing powerhouses such as Indonesia and Malaysia, and the smaller developing economies, make Asia a wonderful sea of opportunities, but also challenges, and a fascinating place to study business and economics, and politics and law.

This year's conference theme invites scholars to look at Asia's area of change, including the opening and development of new markets and economies, and disruption of both in the form of positive new technologies and innovations, as well as more worrying changes and slowdowns amid continued uncertainty in financial markets and economies, as well as political instability. What have been the recent big stories in business and finance in Asia, and what are the big stories around the corner? Is Abenomics faltering or is Japan about to enter into a period of renewed growth? Will China provide more shocks for the world in 2016 as it tries to bring about limited political and economic reforms? Is there a Chinese bubble, and will it explode violently? Where are the places experiencing dynamic growth, and what are the environmental costs? How sustainable are the markets in Asia? What changes might the TPP herald? What of the rise in authoritarian and nationalist governments? What are the areas for positive and bullish excitement, and what and where are the causes for concern?

This international conference invites scholars, practitioners and business-people from around the globe to present the latest in research and practice, and discuss the most recent trends and policy developments as we help discover and chart the changing business landscape in Asia and the wider global context, as well as highlight and situate the continuing and central role of Japan.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kobe!

Streams for submission can be found on the Call for Papers page of the conference website:

***2016 Conference Chairs and Featured Speakers
To learn more about our chairs, invited speakers and their presentations, please visit the website:

Michael Alfant
2016 Conference Co-Chair and Featured Speaker
Group President and CEO, Fusions Systems Group, Japan
President Emeritus, The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Lowell Sheppard
2016 Conference Co-Chair and Featured Speaker
Asia Pacific Director, HOPE International Development Agency, Canada/Japan

William Baber
2016 Conference Co-Chair and Featured Speaker
Associate Professor, Kyoto University Graduate School of Management, Japan

Sarah Louisa Birchley
2016 Conference Co-Chair and Featured Speaker
Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo, Japan

Professor Stuart Picken
2016 Conference Chair
Chairman of the IAFOR International Advisory Board

***About IAFOR and its events

IAFOR welcomes thousands of academics to our conferences each year, which range in size from around 100 to in excess of 500 attendees. They do so because of the supportive and nurturing research environment, because of the unique networking opportunities, and because of the strength of the organization's platform.

Our conferences are meticulously planned and programmed under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programs of the highest level, and are also quite unique in the way in which they are supported by some of the world's leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), Monash University (Australia), Barcelona University (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), the National Institute of Education (Singapore), and The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKSAR).

IAFOR's credibility has enabled it to become a genuine pioneer, and has grown to be the most respected and trusted organization encouraging international, intercultural and interdisciplinary study. The organization is a formative influence in providing new research avenues and visionary development solutions necessary in our rapidly emerging globalized world.

We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events, as we break new ground, together.

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***ACPEL2016 is run in parallel with ABMC2016. Registration for one allows delegates to attend presentation in the others.

To learn more about the paired events and IAFOR's other business and Social Sciences conferences around the world, please see our conferences page and join us in Japan, Dubai, the UK and the USA:

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