On November 11, 2022, The International Special Conference on
Regional Innovation and Cooperation in ASIA (RICA) was held at Across Lounge,
Biwako Kusatsu Campus. RICA is a collaboration of four academic research
institutions: Ritsumeikan University, National Institute for Development
Administration (NIDA) of Thailand, Pusan National University of Korea, and
Jinan University of China. Due to the Corona disaster, the conference was held
face-to-face for the first time after a two-year break.
interesting presentations were given on the impact of the corona disaster on
policies and local economies in Korea, Thailand, China, Bangladesh, and Japan.
The presentation and participation from China were online, but there were about
50 participants in the room and 20 online, and Q&A session and discussion were
quite active and fruitful.
this special conference had a limited number of presenters, RICA plans to hold
a larger international conference at Ritsumeikan University next year.