From April 2020, I write regular short analysis about Indonesian current affairs in the SBCS Indonesia Monthly Report published by PT. SBCS Indonesia. The series title is “Future Indonesia – An Analysis by the Japanese Expert Kazuhisa Matsui”. The first analysis is: Jokowi 2nd Term Prioritizes Investment and Business, Facing the Spreading of COVID-19. If you want read this, please contact PT. SBCS Indonesia (https://www.sbcs.co.id/contact-us).
As a survey for Team E-Kansai, Osaka, Japan, we conducted business trip to Jakarta and Surabaya in 1-11 March 2020 to get information about the needs of environmental technologies for private sector in Indonesia. We tried to visit some industrial associations, but, of course, it was very difficult to make appointments this time. We were too much careful to do our activities with avoiding use of public transportation and recording all our activity locus in Bahasa Indonesia.
In the name of JICA Grass-root Cooperation Project for local government, we visited Aceh Tengah district in the Sumatra island, Indonesia. This project is to promote 6th industrialization or integration among production/cultivation, processing and marketing of local oranges as agricultural products. Aceh Tengah district now sends two young persons to Ochi town in Kochi Prefecture, Japan, to learn the 6th industrialization at Okabayashi Farm.
This time, we had two-days workshop for local government, orange farmers, and young business-persons to discuss about the strategy to realize the 6th industrialization by integration and cooperation among them.
I want to know and learn current local community development activities especially in Korea, China, Taiwan, and other countries. I believe there are co-current and same phenomena happened in those activities as in Japan. If possible, I want to visit there to learn them directly.
A Happy New Year 2020 !
Thank you very much for your kind support in 2019.
We wish you love and peace for your life and work in 2020.
Looking at the local development of Japan and overseas (Indonesia etc.), we feel those actions cocurrently happen. Local and local connect, and new values and deep learning are created sustainably. We would like to do our best to realize such world.
Photo: With young farmers in Batu City, East Java, Indonesia. The movement to connect producers and consumers is also tried here. [May 2019]
In 13 December 2019, Aichi Prefectural University presented a mini seminar on Indonesian economy and I was invited as a speaker. The title was “Challenges of Joko Widodo’s 2nd Administration”. » Read more
In 3-4 December 2019, we participated in the tour of the “Risk Management course” hosted by the Fukushima Innovation Coast Plan Promotion Organization.
Our main interest was to visit Fukushima Dai-2 Nuclear Power Plant which was decided to be decommissioned in next 40 years. We got a very valuable chance to enter the reactor building and went to under the containment of nuclear reactor. Many detailed regulation to protect our body not to be contaminated by radiation.
In 28-29 November 2019, we participated in the tour of the “Advanced Agricultural Inspection course” hosted by the Fukushima Innovation Coast Plan Promotion Organization.
On Tour, agricultural recovery by using ICT (Iitate village), research for restart of farming (Minami-Soma city), the country elevator which manages the dry-storage-shipment process of rice (Naraha town), the domestic banana cultivation plant (Hirono town), large-scale strawberry factory (Okuma town), the LED light-used vegetable factory (Kawauchi village), and the flower “Kochoran” factory which used the temperature management by AI (Katsurao village).
We supported the short-term training for government officials of Aceh Tengah in Japan, 5-9 November 2019. This is a part of JICA Grass-root Cooperation Project on orange resource development between Ochi town in Kochi prefecture and Aceh Tengah district.
They learned support policies by local government to develop the 6th industrialization (integration of cultivation-processing-marketing) by private sector this time. Two trainees sent from Aceh Tengah in Ochi town taught how to pick orange to those government officials. Local TV shot the scene.
We hope this short-term training make some contribution to develop the integration of cultivation-processing-marketing of orange resource in Aceh Tengah.
83 students of Shimizu Primary School (the 3rd grade) visited Shimizu-no-Sato, Fukushima to learn local history and life of old house, guided by us.