The World Social Science Forum 2018 (WSSF) was held for the first time in the Asian region at the Fukuoka International Congress Center in Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture from September 25th to 28th, 2018. Under the theme of "Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures," the forum was organized by International Science Council (ISC), Science Council of Japan, and Kyushu University, and co-organized by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
On the first day, the opening ceremony was held in the presence of their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, and was attended by the Director-General of the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX), Akira Morita. On the second day, there was a lively discussion in the plenary session by JST, titled "Securing Co-evolution of Human and Artificial Intelligence: Role of Social Science and Humanities for SDGs", chaired by Professor Jiro Kokuryo (Research Director of RISTEX's "Human-Information Technology Ecosystem" R&D Focus Area) from the Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University.
In parallel sessions, there were reports and discussions on the projects which JST implements and co-plans, such as RISTEX's "Designing a Sustainable Society through Intergenerational Co-creation" R&D Focus Area, the Belmont Forum, and the Future Earth Initiative.
All of the 3rd workshops were held in Tokyo.
In addition, in June 2019 we held an international symposium in Paris to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the founding of the France-Japan Foundation of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). At this symposium various speakers from the worlds of academia, government and business held sessions on such topics as growth, innovation, and inequality, and substantial discussions were held to strengthen cooperation between France and Japan.