［Progress Report 2］Global Seminar（November 26th, 2021）
Glo-SAI held the Global Seminar cosponsored with ERISE/ERIMeR on November 26th, 2021. Glo-SAI welcomed the following foreign participants ; Dr. Leeber Leebouapao(Chairman of Planning, Finance and Audit Committee,National Assembly of Lao PDR)、Dr. Wisarn Pupphavesa（Senior Advisor,Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Thailand）、Dr. Tran Din Lam(Professor,Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Studies, Vietnam National University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Viet Nam)、Dr. Sothea Oum(Executive Director, Centre for Strategy and Innovation Policy,National University of Management, Cambodia).
Dr. Shumpei Kumon, President of Glo-SAI delivered the opening address.
Prof. Mitsuhiro Maeda, Vice President of Glo-SAI made a presentation of “Towards an Applied Infosocionomics”.
Mr. Souknilanh Keola, Chief researcher of ERIMeR made a presentation of “Monitoring Impact of Pandemic in Asia with Near Real-Time Remote Sensing Data”.
Ms. Mari Aoba, researcher of ERISE made a presentation of “Proposed solution to ‘Information Asymmetry’ in the cybersecurity market”.
[Opening Address at the 1st Global Seminar of Glo-SAI by Dr. Shumpei KUMON, the President of Glo-SAI (Nov. 26, 2021 online)]
My name is Shumpei KUMON, President of Global Society of Applied Infosocionomics.
It is my greatest honor to have this precious opportunity of delivering the opening address of today’s seminar.
Taking this opportunity, allow me to tell you a brief history of Applied Infosocionomics.
Applied Infosocionomics is a research framework of studies of informatized society building (in short, ISB) based on the Modernization Model of Infosocionomics.
It was in the 1980s that I hit upon some basic concepts of modernization that eventually developed into the Modernization Model of Infosocionomics.
My basic idea was that the modernization process of the world should be viewed as overlapping of three dimensions, namely political dimension, economic dimension and informatization or social dimension.
Based on this idea, I put forward a three Social Games Model of Modernization in the middle of the 1980s. This model views the history of modernization process as a transitional process from the Power Game era in which a political dimension would be stressed, to the Wealth Game era in which an economic dimension would be stressed, and finally the Knowledge Game era in which a social dimension would be stressed.
These games could be interpreted as civilizational processes for which main social resources would be spent.
The Power Game was a main engine for state formation, that is, sovereign states and nation states building. The Wealth Game was a main engine for industrialization. The Knowledge Game will be a main engine for informatization or ISB, I mean, Informatized society building. ISB, especially ISB in developing economies, is the main target of Applied Infosocionomics.
In the 1980s, when I devoted myself in establishing these models, I enjoyed discussions with students of my research group in the University of Tokyo. I clearly remember Prof. Maeda, now serving as the Vice President of this society, eagerly participated in these discussions as an undergraduate student of the University of Tokyo.
The first triumphal event took place in the year 2000.
In the summer of 2000, I attended an international seminar held in Naha, Okinawa. Taking that opportunity, I declared the establishment of Infosocionomics. The venue was Bankoku-Shinryo-kan (万国津梁館), where the 26th G7 summit was held just one month before my declaration. I also remember Prof. Maeda arranged logistics of my declaration at that time.
Immediately after my declaration, many excellent Japanese social scientists showed energetic reactions. Many seminars were held under the umbrella of the new paradigm of Infosocionomics. Finally, in the spring of 2005, Society of Infosocionomics was established in Japan and I was inaugurated as its first President.
Since then, the Society has been developing many splendid research and education works and projects. I sincerely congratulate the Society for their excellent outcomes. At this moment, the modality of Infosocionomics has been widely spread in Japan, numbers of researchers are developing their research works on the framework of Infosocionomics, and numbers of young students are learning Infosocionomics in several universities.
The achievements in Japan are wonderful. For long time, however, I have been thinking of the next stage of developing Inforsocionomics. That is, needless to say, international or global activities.
In principle, I established Infosoconomics to tackle not only ISB in Japan but also all over this planet. ISB is not only the task for Japan but also for all humankind, since modern civilization covers all the social systems on this planet.
I believe that Infosocionomics should provide a key passport for all humankind in compiling strategies of ISB in each state.
The second triumphal event occurred in the year 2017.
In the spring of 2017, The Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology (AIIT), one of Tokyo Metropolitan Universities, established ERISE, that is Epistemic Research Institute of Social Ethics.
ERISE is a special research institute concentrating in global Infosocionomics research works. Unlike authentic ‘economic’ research institutes, ‘E’ of ERISE does not stand for ‘economic’ but stands for ‘epistemic’. The name ‘epistemic research institute’ means that the main research methodology is Infosocionomics, just like the name of ‘economic research institute’ means that the main research methodology is economics. ERISE is the world premier epistemic research institute.
One more important fact is that ERISE has been established as an institute of AIIT, and AIIT is a Tokyo Metropolitan University. It means that under the Status Quo, global joint research works of Infosocionomics with foreign researchers are supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The main role of ERISE is developing global joint research works with foreign researchers on the topic of ISB in each state.
ERISE has been holding huge numbers of joint seminars with universities and governmental institutions in Asia and Africa under the common topic of Infosocionomics. ERISE reported to me that at this moment, it is developing more than 30 joint research works with foreign universities and governmental institutions.
ERISE also reported to me that in some of developing economies, especially so-called transition economies, not only Infosocionomics but also the name of Shumpei KUMON has been showing a symptom of breaking in public. I sincerely want to keep on watching the consequences as long as possible.
The third triumphal event took place this year, the establishment of Global Society of Applied Infosocionomics. We call this society as Glo-SAI in short.
Today, let me tell you the backgrounds of establishing Glo-SAI.
As a result of increasing numbers of joint seminars of Infosocionomics among ERISE and foreign universities, researchers in Asia and Africa repeatedly requested the establishment of a special academic methodology of social science based on the Modernization Model of Infosocionomics to help ISB in Asia and Africa.
In July 2019, Prof. Maeda and some of the ERISE researchers, visited my office in Meguro, Tokyo, to discuss a future plan, enjoying suki-yaki dinner together. I remember Mr. Hirakoso, now serving as Director of the Secretariat of Glo-SAI, and Mr. Oooka, now serving as Director of Publishing Department of Glo-SAI were also at the table.
The conclusion at that time was that we would take the two-steps approach. The first step is establishing an association of researchers and accumulate research works. Then we would analyze the proper formula of an academic paradigm and the second step shall be establishing an academic society.
As the first step, researchers and officials all over Asia and Africa established Global Association of Informatized Society Building Researchers (namely, G-AIR) in November, 2019. ERISE has been taking the role of Secretariat of G-AIR. Prof. Maeda has been inaugurated as the President.
Among G-AIR researchers, many unique studies have been developed. This time I do not have enough time to tell all, but I think the most interesting studies is the multisystem approach of ISB strategies.
In authentic Infosocionomics studies targeting Japan and other developed states, in principle we set the single strategy of ISB based on the Modernization Model of Infosocionomics. When we target various and enormous developing economies at the same time, however, this single strategy approach will not effectively work, since diversity in all aspects are tremendously wide among more than 100 developing economies.
Joint studies among G-AIR researchers clearly show the fact that we need to compile several different strategies according to the status of each developing economy.
The ‘discovery’ of this fact, namely, necessity of several different strategies, has led us to establish a new modality of research works independently from Infosocionomics, simultaneously based on basic ideas of Infosocionomics, especially the Modernization Model.
The new modality is Applied Infosocionomics.
For details of Applied Infosocionomics, allow me to recommend you a text book, “Applied Infosocionomics – A Manifesto of Informatized Society Building in Developing Economies”. You can purchase it by US dollar, EURO or UK pound.
That is the brief history of Applied Infosocionomics.
Of course the name of Applied Infosocionomics would be new to all of you. I sincerely hope, however, that you understand that it has a long history before establishment of the society. Allow me to reiterate that I had hit upon the basic concepts 40 years ago, and officially declared the launch of Infosocionomics 20 years ago, and established the Japanese society 15 years ago.
I close my opening address emphasizing the importance of boosting global cooperation of research works under the umbrella of Applied Infosocionomics.
I hope that today’s seminar shall deliver an important opportunity of this boosting for all persons who are engaged in establishing ISB in each economy.
Sincerely thank you all indeed.