Organaizing Committee

KONO, Tetsuya
Professor at Rikkyo University, Department of Education, PhD (philosophy), Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

His main research interests lie in phenomenology, philosophy of mind, and philosophical psychology. Recently, he is also concerned in environmental philosophy. He has been practicing philosophy with children in primary and secondary schools as well as philosophy cafes for adults all around Japan for many years. He is teaching philosophy of education, moral education, special need education. Major publications (books, all in Japanese): You don’t think while you continue talking (2019), Philosophical Picture Book for Children: What is Moral? (2019), Phenomenology of Body and Special Needs Education (2015), ‘Philosophy of Children’ Helps Foster the Ability to Dialogue and Think (2014), etc. 

Vice president of NPO Philosophical Practice ardacoda.

Graduated the masters program (Clinical philosophy) at the Osaka University  graduate school of Letters.
She holds philosophy cafe with various people, from children to adults, in various places such as schools, cafes,museums and more .
Wakako Godo is a Philosophical practitioner, a P4wC teacher trainer and a researcher of education.

She has been practicing P4wC in many secondary schools since 2012. Wakako is a specially appointed lecturer of Fukushima Prefectural Futaba Junior and Senior High School, and a part-time lecturer of Josai International University. Her research interests include modern Japanese philosophy, moral education, and post-disaster reconstruction of education. She is a co-translator of Philosophy in the Classroom (Lipman, Sharp, Oscanyan: 1980) into Japanese and a co-author of many children’s books on philosophy.

Inquisitive cram school teacher, philosophy practitioner

Graduated from the Department of Education, Faculty of Letters, Rikkyo University. He is a lecturer at, an inquiry-based tutoring school. He has been practicing philosophical dialogues in various places since his school days.

Yosuke “Yosh” Horikoshi is a Ph.D. student at the University of Tokyo.

He is also a research fellow (DC2) at the Japan Society for Promotion of Science. He has been working for several high schools as a visiting teacher practicing P4C. His research is on relationship between P4C and civic education in terms of John Dewey’s philosophy. Currently he has been cultivating philosophical consulting in Japan as well.

Part-time instructor at Shukutoku University, Department of Childcare. Completed the doctoral program without a doctoral degree in Pedagogy, Graduate School of Waseda University, Tokyo.

Taro Mochizuki, Ph.D. has taught philosophy at Osaka University since 1998. He is also a visiting professor at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

He published various articles such as: ‘Reading the Correspondence between Descartes and Princess Elisabeth from the Viewpoint of Philosophical Counselling: Introduction and Research Questions’ in Journal of Humanities Therapy, Vol.10, No.1, Humanities Institute, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, 2019

Dr. Yuriko Nakamura is a professor at Rikkyo University and the Dean of Rikkyo University Library.

She has been directing the Librarian Course that offers two Japanese national certificate programs: Librarians (shisho) and librarian-teachers (shisho kyoyu). Her special interest is in school libraries and has been conducting comparative studies of the history and theory for over 20 years. In 2016-2017, she worked with Dr. Kono Tetsuya on introducing a philosophical dialogue in public libraries in the Tohoku region and this experience expanded her understanding on Philosophical Practice.

Master in Philosophy from Sophia University. She is the part-time Lecturer of Rikkyo University.
Dr. Kei Nishiyama’s is a researcher of politics and education.

Kei’s field of expertise includesdeliberative democracy, children’s political participation, and democratic education. Kei has initiated a number of research projects, such as (1) Deliberation in Australian schools, (2) Philosophical dialogue in the deeply divided context, and (3) Youth democratic participation in climate activism. Kei got a Ph.D. (Political Science) from the University of Canberra in 2019 and worked at the University of Canberra and the Australian National University. Kei will join the Doshisha University as an Assistant Professor from April 2020. Currently, Kei is one of the executive members of ICPIC (Treasurer).

An associate professor at Literature Department and Graduate School of Social Design Studies in Rikkyo University.

A vice-curator of “Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy”. His fields of specialization are Asian Thought, especially Buddhism, Indian philosophy and Japanese Philosophy. He have had philosophical dialogues with diverse members on a wide range of social issues at the “Museum of Philosophy” that is one-of-a-kind in Japan and currently at the University. He has published several books on D.T.Suzuki and Kitaro Nishida.

Chiaki Tokui is a member of the Social Studies Education Laboratory, University of Tsukuba, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences.

She conducts practice and research activities focusing on Philosophy for Children in school classrooms. Her current interest is how teachers and students and students and students interact in philosophical dialogue. She conducts research based on ethnomethodology and conversation analysis techniques. She is also a member of the editorial board of The Official Journal of the Japanese Association for Philosophical Practice ,“Let’s Think Together”.

Engaged in the research on p4c at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 2004 to 2006. After coming back to Japan, she has been working with school teachers in Japan to include p4c pedagogy in class community building and curriculum designing.
Dr. Yohsuke Tsuchiya is an associate professor of philosophy and education in the Faculty of Education at Kaichi International University.

His current research and interest area are: Philosophy for/with Children (P4wC), Philosophy of Education, Contemporary Philosophy, Ethics for Teachers. He is a practitioner of P4wC as well as researcher. He has practiced the P4wC in several secondary schools for more than 8 years as “Philosopher in Residence.” He is the author of Reconstructing Our World through Philosophy Class (in Japanese). Seishun-Shuppansha Publisher, 2019. He is the co- authour of “Philosophical Dialogue and Intellectual Virtues (in English).” Journal of Humanities Therapy, 2015. 6(2): 121-136.

Master in Pedagogy from Rikkyo University. Philosophical practitioner, a p4wc teacher trainer and a p4wc teacher at high school and private school.

Aya Watanabe is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Education at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and a graduate assistant at the UH Manoa Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education.

She is currently researching philosophy for children Hawai’i (p4cHI) from the standpoint of comparative educational philosophy. As a graduate assistant, she works with and support teachers and students in schools across Hawai’i and Japan.

Tetsuo Watanabe is an associate professor at Rikkyo University and is involved in the study of pedagogy and the training of elementary school teachers in the Department of Education, Faculty of Letters.

His major fields of study are Japanese language education and the history of educational thought in Japan. He recently published Educational Philosophy Linking Language and Art (Co-edited with Jun YAMANA et al., Koyo Shobo, 2019) and is trying to re-evaluate the dialogue at school.