In 2-5 May 2018, I attended the 8th Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) in Makassar, Indonesia.
This time, we invited a poet from Fukushima, Japan, Mr. Ryoichi Wago and he read his poems three times with his aggressive performance during his staying for three days. He was very appreciated by audience of MIWF and interacted with them as the same poet lovers and critics for social problem.
I hope something new and meaningful will be happened between Makassar and Fukushima from this occasion. Thank you, Makassar. Thank you MIWF. See you next year in Makassar.
In 26 April 2018, we conducted the kick-off meeting of agricultural cooperation between Fukushima city and Batu city (in East Java, Indonesia) in JA Fukushima Mirai office in Fukushima. The title is “JICA Feasibility Study of Project Formulation: Reconstruction of Horticulture Supply Chain in Batu and Co-Branding with Fukushima”. We will visit Batu in 12-15 May for kick-off in Indonesian side.
An old house, located in the same area of my office, was taken up in ‘Fukushima Mimpo”, a local newspaper of Fukushima, in 20 April 2018.
This old big house, built in 1872, will be used as a multi-functioned common space for local peoples, with a new elderly housing with care service, called “Shimizu no Sato”, that will be built and opened in 2019.
Matsui Glocal LLC will be involved to effectively utilize the common space with the owner, Mr. & Mrs. Sato.
In 11 April 2018, my company, Matsui Glocal LLC. celebrated the first anniversary of establishment in Fukushima. My company is still like an infant and has repeated trial and error every day.
In this second year, we will further promote our consulting activities as professional catalyst to connect local to local for creating something new and valuable. Please keep in touch and make good business together.
Today (7 April 2018), I attended the founder’s gathering of the Community Foundation of Fukushima, in Koriyama. The community foundation will be registered in 11 April 2018.
Yesterday (4 April 2018), I attended the opening ceremony of Indonesian Businessmen Association in Japan (Asosiasi Pengusaha Indonesia di Jepang [APIJ]) in official residence of Indonesian ambassador, Meguro, Tokyo.
I hope APIJ play roles to boost business communication between Indonesia and Japan.
In 21 March 2018, I went to Koriyama to visit a shelter for Vietnamese students and trainees who asked for help after bad inhumane treatments by Japanese companies. Many unbelievable sad stories I heard. Those are happened without known by most of Japanese people.
In 18-20 March 2018, I got on JR Tadami Line (Koide – Aizu-Wakamatsu) and visited towns in Oku-Aizu area as Tadami, Kaneyama, Mishima and Yanaizu to meet some key persons in local development there.
In 20 March, I got a chance to speech on Local Development with Tadami Line in Oku-Aizu area from my glocal perspective in a small seminar in Hana Hotel Takinoya, Yanaizu hot spring.
In 17-23 February 2018, I was in Fukushima with my colleague from Makassar, Indonesia, Ms. Lily Yulianti (untuil 21 Feb), to introduce her about Fukushima.
We attended the Future’s Festival Cafe to connect between Kumamoto and Fukushima in 17 Feb, visited Kawamata and Iino to know local traditional industries and local festivals in 18 Feb.
We visited an organic food restaurant “Hitoto” and a book cafe “Koto” as new waves of revitalization activities in Fukushima city in 19 Feb. After coming to my office, we visited to former Horikiri’s houses in Iizaka hot spring and Surikami dam in 20 Feb.
Ms. Lily enjoyed and deeply understood about some aspects of current condition of Fukushima. She is very active writer in English and Bahasa Indonesia.
We plan to set a special session of Fukushima in the next Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF 2018) in 2-5 May 2018 with inviting Mr. Ryoichi Wago, a very active poet of Fukushima.
In 8 February 2018, I attended the Seminar of Aichi Prefectural University in Nagoya as a speaker to give lecture about current Indonesian economies.
Pada tanggal 8 Februari 2018, saya menghadiri seminar Universitas Prefektur Aichi di Nagoya sebagai pembicara untuk memberikan kuliah tentang ekonomi Indonesia saat ini.