• 10th JAHSS Annual Conference is hosted by Chubu University on November 28-29, 2020. The conference is organized online due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Call For Papers is open until October 11, 2020. Please refer to the conference website for the latest information. 


Leading this Association


Yusuke Dan

JAHSS President

April 2020


I would like to take this opportunity to convey to our current and future members how delighted and burdened I am at the same time to assume the leading role of this association. The feeling is all the more acute when globally we all are braced to face the onslaught of the pandemic, which has become a true human security issue. It is an ongoing crisis, the magnitude of which is yet to reveal itself. Within the next two years that I am to be in charge, we will certainly address the various aspects of this acute human insecurity, but first and foremost I, on behalf of this association, wish sincerely to extend our sympathy to all those directly or indirectly affected by this invisible human insecurity. Let us hope that the future will soon look less bleak than it is now, and, in the meantime, let us be prepared to do whatever we can in our capacity to meet the threat.


As I write this note during the current global crisis, I recall the fact that this association was founded soon after another global crisis, the 3.11 Fukushima disaster in 2011. The Human Security Consortium, a research forum of universities and organizations, had preceded it. With its focus on the concept of human security, this association has thrived to become a core, if not a hub, of global academic studies in the field. We have managed constantly, in English, to organize a large annual meeting every year, and to publish a refereed e-journal twice a year, a true achievement outside the English-speaking world, which we should all be proud of.


Another characteristic of this association is that it seeks to view insecurity issues from various disciplines including global health and medicine, in addition to economics, political science, sociology, international relations and other disciplines. We as individual global citizens should be prepared to break our conventional academic mold to discuss, with a flexible mind, all the human insecurity issues which threaten our dignity and freedom. The pandemic has acutely revealed human insecurity even in the developed parts of the world including Japan. I for one have learned a great deal from our colleagues in public health about what needs to be done in this crisis situation.


The association is not without its challenges. Though we have an increasing number of journal submissions from around the world, and of paper presentations at our annual meetings representing an astonishing global diversity, we need to appeal to a wider academic audience, as well as to academia within Japan. Our prime intention ten years ago to discuss and publish in English was to disseminate our academic findings globally. We will continue to commit ourselves to our founding ideas.


We also need to continue developing the concept of human security so that it can detail a more convincing picture of our globe today. Criticisms still abound that the concept is, as a tool, too broad and too encompassing to be of any significant use to explore the root causes of our era. As COVID-19 questions our basic human and social values, so may the term human security shed light on what lies ahead of us.


Last but not least, I welcome each and every one of you, who are keen to pursue academic and practical concerns related to the concept of human security, to join us in our endeavor to address global insecurity challenges.



会長 旦 祐介
















JAHSS Call to Meet the Challenges of the Pandemic (10 April 2020)

Yusuke Dan
JAHSS President

Japan Association for Human Security Studies (JAHSS) wishes to voice the determination of its members to support all individuals, organizations, and governments in their conscientious endeavor to contain the impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic. We as an academic association focusing on the study of human security feel especially obliged to rise to the challenge. This virus, which is invisible to the human eye, is crossing borders unnoticed. It is viciously compromising the personal security of each and every human on a global scale which has rarely been seen in the recent past. 


We know that the financially disadvantaged, as well as those fragile individuals in society, promptly face the issue of survival in countries and areas where the public safety net is scant or non-existent. This includes a large segment of the populations in both developing and developed nations. Currently the virus seems to be ravaging mainly the developed world, which soon is bound to wreak havoc in the rest of the developing world. Individuals living under weaker public health systems tend to be far more vulnerable to such a pandemic as this. We are yet to witness what may lie ahead.


We also recognize that, under such critical circumstances, the public health sector personnel need our primary attention and support so that they can safely do their work, namely, save the lives of those who can be saved. We depend on the medical community to sustain the human security of individuals in pain. In this context, we as a multi-disciplinary academic association emphasize the significance of a dynamic, two-way risk communication between scientists and citizens.


Freedom from fear and want, along with the promotion of dignity, are the pillars of human security values. These values are all ever so relevant in this critical moment when healthy individuals, young and old, lose their lives so suddenly and prematurely in huge numbers. This is unthinkable in a time of peace. Given the magnitude and depth of the global human catastrophe unraveling in front of our eyes, we deem that this is not only an issue of public health or national security, but indeed an issue of human security.


If academicians and practitioners keen to address human security related issues turned their back to what is developing on this globe today simply because they are not epidemiologists, then they would shamelessly be declaring to the world that the study and expertise in human security does not contribute to the wellbeing of humankind. At a time when governments are forced to close their state borders, let us, as a global academic community, strengthen our efforts to collaborate worldwide with individuals and organizations to overcome this global crisis.

人間の安全保障学会 新型コロナウイルス感染症に関する声明(2020年4月10日)


会長 旦 祐介






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