Since human invention first gave it birth, paper has changed the world completely. By creating things, humans have become civilized, and civilization has evolved. Paper was an innovation that let humans feel nature close around them.
In modern society, how people use and think about paper are changing significantly.
The appearance of a new communication system—the Internet—has made modern society global. The world is now even smaller, and everything feels closer. In turn, this has also broadened our horizons. The birth of paper is similar in some ways to that of the Internet, in that they are both tools for communication. How should we approach the society of the future as it changes dramatically with the appearance of the Internet and AI?
In the same way, the appearance of paper has also dramatically changed the world and had a major impact on society. At the international paper forum that will be held in Toyota City, we are going to hold a symposium in which we will reexamine the future of manufacturing through the example of paper. We will discuss what people creating things means, and exchange opinions from a variety of angles with paper specialists and manufacturing industry leaders from Toyota.
* In view of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, the content  is subject to change.

Date 9th October 2021
Time Symposium starts at 1:00 pm(JST)
Venue Online streaming
Note Admission Free
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1:00 pm

Opening address

1:15 pm to  1:45 pm

Keynote speech


(Vice-president of All Japan Handmade Washi Association)

1:45 pm to 2:30 pm

Mr.Arimitsu USUKI
(specially-appointed professor/ laboratory of Active Bio-based Materials ,Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere.Kyoto university)

2:30 pm to 3:15 pm

(Representative of Echigo Kadoide Washi)

3:20 pm –

Special lecture
Mr.Shigeru BAN
Title: Works and Humanitarian Activities


Born in Tokyo in 1957. Graduated from Cooper Union School of Architecture (New York) in 1984. Worked for Arata Isozaki & Associates from 1982 to 1983.Established Shigeru Ban Architects in 1985. Began working as a UNHCR consultant in 1995. At the same time, established Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN), a disaster relief activity organization. His major works include NICOLAS G. HAYEK CENTER, Centre Pompidou-Metz, and Oita Prefectural Art Museum. The many awards he has received include Grande Medaille France Academie d’Architecture (2004), Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture (2005), AIJ Architectural Design Division Prize(2009), Honorary Doctorate of Technical University of Munich (2009), L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (le grade d’officier) (2010), Auguste Perret Prize (2011), Art Prize from Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs (2012), L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (le grade de commandeur) (2014), The Pritzker Architecture Prize (2014), JIA Grand Prix (2015), Medal of Honor, Japan (Purple Ribbon) (2017), The Mother Teresa Memorial Awards for Social Justice (2017). After working as a visiting professor at Harvard University GSD and Cornell University (2010), he took up a position as a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design in October 2011. He is now a professor at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at Keio University.

4:40 pm –

Round-table Discussion
Closing address