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INTERNATIONAL POLICE EXECUTIVE SYMPOSIUM
HOSTED BY: The Royal Thai Police Association, The Royal Thai Police, and Shinawatra University
Report By A Participant of IPES 2015 Pattaya Beach, Thailand
Minoru Yokoyama, Japan
I am glad to have good time with you at the IPES Symposium held at Pattaya in Thailand. I would like to send you a report on my trip in Thailand.
I arrived at Pattaya in the early morning on August 7. On August 7 and 8 I enjoyed walking around at the Jomtien Beach while taking many photos. I walked on the ordinary street and around a small harbor for fishing boats to see how Thai people live.
In the evening on August 8 I attended a welcome party. I met Dilip Das (USA), my old friend since 30 years ago. Ana Das, his wife, also attended with riding a wheelchair. I am glad to see her there, because I knew that she recovered from a serious illness.
On August 9 the opening ceremony was held. Until the evening the topic on human trafficking was discussed after each presentation. I presented a paper on “Is Japanese Trainee System the Disguised Human Trafficking?” In the evening I attended the cultural dinner and show at the Alangkarn Theater.
In the morning on August 10 I attended the symposium on “Policing Domestic Violence”, at which Shinpei Nawa presented his paper on “Measures against Stalking and Future Challenges in Japan”. In the afternoon I listened to the presentation on “Women and Children as Victims of Violence” and “Police Work, Culture and Attitudes”. After enjoyed swimming in a swimming pool and in sea of Thai Bay, I joined a party at a private beach of our hotel. I enjoyed eating delicious Thai foods at a table sitting with Dilip, his brother, his two nephews, his niece, Ana and Juan Salgodo (Mexico).
Several dancers began to play a traditional dance. As they invited us, I joined dancing with several participants. Culture event was begun by the initiative of Ana. First, Rick Sarre (Australia) sang by his sweet voice. By Ana’s request I also sang a song, which I learned the traditional Japanese way how to swim on a beach in Boso Peninsula at the time of a student of Hibiya Senior High School. Several participants including Stephen Perrot (Canada) and S. Caroline Tayler (Australia) talked a joke. Thai participant asked a Japanese delegation to sing a Japanese song by Karaoke. Then, I sang a song on “Sukiyaki” with Shinpei Nawa and Yoshihiro Inagaki. Kyu Sakamoto, a singer of this song was two years senior than me at Kawasaki Elementary School. Dilip and Ana appreciated our singing.
In the afternoon we visited Sanctuary of Truth Palace, which was under construction since 1981. Many craftsmen carved a wooden sculpture of a god and decorations for the palace. I remembered my visit to Temple de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona in 1986.
In the evening we went to a restaurant for Thai fish foods. I enjoyed talking with Rick Sarre, Philip C. Stenning (Australia), Jane Goodman-Delahunty (Australia), Nawa and Inagaki.
On August 12 I joined a symposium on “Improving Police Work with Research” and “Global Issues on Policing” at a seat next to Johan Bertilsson (Sweden). From 16:00 p.m. the closing ceremony was held, at which Susanne Strand (Australia) was commended for her great contribution as a program chair. After swimming I went to a beach. At 19:00 p.m. we joined a ceremony to light a candle to celebrate the Queen’s birthday with Thai participants. At the farewell party I sat at a table with Nawa, Inagaki, Anthony Minnaar (South Africa) and his family. I said “good-by” to Dilip and Ana.
At 2:30 a.m. I left a hotel with Timothy Palmbach (USA) and Diana Bruns (USA) by a van which the Thai police arranged for us. My airplane left at 6:40 a.m. During riding an airplane I took many photos through a window. I could see many small islands in Okinawa surrounded by sea with a color of emerald green.
Yumiko and I wish you to be in good health.
Minoru Yokoyama, Japan