ASSC15 - Accommondation, Tourist Information & Earthquake updates

Earthquake Updates

Eearthquake Update Letter - April 23rd 2011    [See Full Text]
  • From Prof Tadashi Isa (Chair of the scientific committee) & Ralph Adolphs (ASSC President & organizer of the social neuroscience satellite)

Dear Participants for ASSC15,

I hope this mail finds you all well. I, as the program committee chair for the ASSC15 in Kyoto, would like to inform you about the current status of the preparation process of the meeting.

As repeatedly announced, Kyoto area is far from the source of the earthquake and the nuclear power plant.  The wind blows from the west to east in Japan, and therefore, radioactive substances are not detected in the western part of Japan like in Kyoto.  There is no problem in electrical power supply, because different electrical system from that in the eastern ppart of Japan is used in the west.  I would like to recommend the visitors from outiside Japan to arrive either via Kansai Airport in Osaka or Chube Airport in Nagoya, if

We are scheduling the meeting as Tetsuro Matsuzawa, the meeting president, recently announced.  We confirmed that 5 among the 6 keynote speakers expersseed their will to attend and talk in the meeting.  Unfortunately, one of the keynote speakers, Pascal Fries, cancelled and now we are trying to contact an alternative speaker.

A total of 343 papers were received from 36 countries and 322 were accepted.  This is approximately 80% more than recent previous ASSC conference, so we look forward to having a very successful conference.  We selected 72 talks and 250 posters (including cancelled presentations, less than 10 so far).  Now we are contacting the presenters and will fix the sessions fairly soon.

Because we received so many abstracts, we changed the number of the concurrent sessions from 3 to 4, and also set all the posters on the second day (please have a look at the website).  We are setting "the Disaster-relief session" on the final day.

Please remember that the deadline for the early registration is at the end of April 30, after which the registratio fee will be raised.

I would be looking forward to meeting all of you at the fluorishing
meeting in Kyoto in June.


Tadashi Isa, NIPS
Program Committee Chair for ASSC15

I herewith attach the message from Ralph Adolphs, the current president of the ASSC.  He will also organize the social neuroscience satellite.


**************Message from Ralph Adolphs**********************************

Dear Presenters and Attendees for ASSC-15

I would like to take this opportunity to express my personal commitment to this conference, and to encourage all of you to attend it.  While the recent disasters in the Northeast of Japan have captured all our attention, and spurred many of us to help, these are a long distance from the meeting venue in Kyoto.  The local organizers and committees of ASSC have worked very hard to make this the meeting with the largest attendance yet. Additionally, the social neuroscience satellite (immediately preceding ASSC-15) has all speakers confirmed.  I look forward very much to visiting Kyoto again, to a superb roster of presentations, and to seeing all of you there.

Ralph Adolphs, Caltech
ASSC President, 2011 & organizer of the social neuroscience satellite

Eearthquake Update Letter - April 3rd 2011    [See Full Text]
  • From Prof Tetsuro Matsuzawa  (Chair of the Local Organizing committee)
Dear friends

Welcome to the ASSC15 meeting held in Kyoto in June 9 to 12, 2011.
The local organizing committee is ready to host it.

We received 343 papers from 36 countries. The scientific program committee accepted 322 papers among them. This is about 50% more than any previous ASSC conference. Email announcements about talk or poster selection will be sent out in the next day or two.

March 11th disaster struck the Pacific coast of the northern part of Japan. It was the M9.0 earthquake and the following huge tsunami. Due to the natural disaster, we lost more than 30,000 people (The number of deaths is 11,938, and the number of missing is 18,085 as of April 3rd).

Due to the disaster, Fukushima nuclear power plant got in trouble. There is no person dead but the severe accident caused the radiation problem and also the shortage of the electricity.

Current information about levels of environmental radioactivity is available and open to the public everyday at the following web site. As you see, there is absolutely no problem in Kyoto, and in Tokyo too.

I have been receiving, through e-mails, messages of sympathy from the friends around the world, and it was mentioned in many of those messages that the thoughts of the peoples are with the victims of the disaster.

We really appreciate your sympathy from the remote place. It encourages us a lot. One of my close friends recently sent me a short message to tell: “I want to support Japan by attending the ASSC meeting”. I want to assure you all that your attendance would be a great benefit to our country and our local community, so don't be concerned that you would be adding additional trouble by coming.

If you are flying into Japan, the nearest international airport is KIX, Osaka. The deadline for early registration is April 30th.

Please join us to make the ASSC15 successful and memorial event.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the clock-tower of Kyoto University in June.

Thank you for your kind consideration in advance.

All the best.

Tetsuro Matsuzawa
Director of Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
And Chair The local organizing committee of ASSC15
Eearthquake Update Letter  - March 14th 2011     [See Full Text]
  • From Prof Tetsuro Matsuzawa  (Chair of the Local Organizing committee)
Dear friends,

I hope this finds you very well.

Thank you very much for your concern. We are fine: people, chimps, monkeys, all is fine. The PRI and Kyoto University is located in the West. So far, I believe that all of the researchers involved in ASSC15 are fine.

You do not have to be worried about the coming conference. ASSC15 will be opened as scheduled. We find no problem at all. We weclome you to Kyoto in June 9 to 12th, 2011.

The northern part of the country was terribly damaged by the earthquake of M9.0 on the March 11th. In 1995, we experienced the earthquake in Kobe area: That was M7.4 and more than 6000 had passed away. This time we are facing to the worst one in the history of the country.

However, I think that our generation has already learned a lot from the Kobe earthquake and the previous ones. The country has been making the effort of preparing the buildings tough enough against the earthquakes. It developed the system of announcing the emergency through the TV, radio, and so forth.

I am also very much confident on the potential capability of Japanese people in general. They are patient, tolerant, and mutually supportive. This might be the characters that had been shaped in the natural disasters such as Typhoon, Earthquake, Tsunami, and Big fires. We have been facing these disasters for hundreds and thousands years.

Our parents recovered from the complete defeat of the World war the second and the two atomic bombs.
So do my generation. In 1995 Kobe earthquake, we witnessed that many young people worked together as the volunteers in various domains. So far, the country is calm and quiet. There are 130 million people crowded in the country but no criminals and no rumors. People are working as usual and try to give a hand for the people living in the northern area.

ASSC15 still goes on as planned.

Thank you very much for your sympathy. I really appreciate it.

We will make our best efforts to make things better.

All the best,
Have a nice day.

Tetsuro Matsuzawa, chair of ASSC15
Director of Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
And Chair The local organizing committee of ASSC15


Hotel Accommodation

Here is a list of hotels which are conveniently located. From any hotels listed here it is possible to go to the conference site by one bus. Since the focus is on the location rather than the quality, the quality of the hotels CANNOT be guaranteed. The list is provided to give people some ideas in which area they want to stay in Kyoto. Since the focus is on the location rather than the quality, the quality of the hotels CANNOT be guaranteed.





Ryokan (traditional accommodation)

Ryokans are traditional Japanese accommodation. These are a bit pricey but some people may have
interest to stay experience this style of accommodation.


Interested participants can exchange their information and coordinate to find a roommate at one of the listed options at  For any questions, please contact local student committee member Kaneko Takaaki at



Transport to Kyoto

The closest international airport to Kyoto is Kansai International Airport [airport code: KIX]

To get from Kansai airport to Kyoto: The easiest way is by the JR-WEST train, Airport Express "HARUKA" which will take you to Kyoto station.  It takes 73 minutes and costs 4,850yen. For more information go to

To get from Narita airport to Kyoto: The easiest way is by "Narita Express" (1hr). Then go from Tokyo to Kyoto on the "Shinkansen" (3 hours).


To get from Kyoto station to Kyoto University (Main Campus): Take Bus: #17 or #206 which will take you to the campus in 30-40minutes and cost 220yen. If you take a taxi, it would take 25minutes and costs somewhere around 2000-2500yen


Public Transport Information Within Kyoto

Transport webpage

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This map shows bus lines going to the conference site