2016 New Year Greeting from Tokyo

Japanese Version

A Happy New Year 2016 from Tokyo !

Love and Peace for all people in the world !


In April, 2015, my work base was moved from Indonesia to Japan. Now I often go and back between Japan and Indonesia as an independent consultant and facilitator. Recently, not only Japanese side but Indonesian side has asked me to be speaker in a seminar or to consult about local business development.

In 2016, I will set up my main work base in Fukushima-city, my hometown, and sub base in Tokyo. This is for my preparation to start my role as a catalyst to connect local-to-local and local-to-global without any border of nation, generation, race, ethnicity and so on.

At first, I will try to approach from Fukushima to locals in Japan and locals in the world, not only to extend real information about Fukushima but also to share challenges and new ideas to tackle serious global issues from viewpoints of locals in the world.

Of course, I will continue to work as a specialist of Indonesian affairs, to increase  and strengthen the mutual trust relationship between Japan and Indonesia. Yes, trust relationship is not limited to Japan and Indonesia, but all of the world. So, I also want to visit local communities in many countries to spread our activities. Please invite me.

With paying attention to our local communities, I want to be professional catalyst to connect people to people, local to local, and local to global with creating new hope and sharing our better future.

I believe many friends take actions in the same direction to realize them, starting little things from our daily life. Please share our hope and let’s support together.

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My Lecture at Rikkyo University, Tokyo

In December 18, 2015, I was asked to give a lecture at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, by my friend, Prof. Mitsuhiko Kataoka. He has given his lecture of Development Economics not in Japanese but in English, even though most of his students are Japanese.

So, I had to give my lecture in English. Indeed, I can speak Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) far better than my English (maybe sometimes than my Japanese when I try to joke). In addition, one observer, who is an English specialist, attended my lecture.

According to Prof. Kataoka, I must speak about my job description, career path, essential skills for my work, and some stories based on my experiences. Because this lecture is in line with Development Economics, I had tried to give students some opportunities to think about development assistance. Yes, some of the students want to work in the world of development assistance.

I put some essential skills for my job as follows. (1) Flexibility. Acceptability of Differences; (2) Curiosity. Enjoy something strange; (3) Inquiring minds. Not satisfy easily; (4) Always think something new; (5) Imagination on others; and (6) Toughness and good health.

After that, I gave some keywords to think about development assistance.

For example, development; community; empowerment; outsider / insider; exogenous / indigenous; ownership / sense of belongings; and conscientization.

By using these keywords, I had tried to give an opportunity for students to think about relationship between who conducts development assistance project and who are beneficiaries of the project.

I asked students how they feel if one day foreigners suddenly come to their village to explain about the project. They answered that it was none of their business and annoying. So, how is the way for outsiders to get real needs for the project from insiders? Maybe insiders sometimes didn’t know their real issues and problems as needs for the project. Or, assumptions of the project are not always based on the real issues and problems.

During our discussion, they found that the project has no meanings if it is not based on real needs from real issues and problems. Insiders usually try to match themselves to what outsiders want, by saying “what can I do for you?” or “may I help you?”. Because of time limitation of the project, outsiders often ignore to check their assumption about project needs again and again to insiders.

For students, such discussion was maybe not common in their lecture. So, I asked to them to think about how to grow-up insiders’ ownership and sense of belongings by themselves without compulsion from outsiders. In other words, how to realize concientization of insiders by themselves.

I think, my 45 minutes of lecture time was not enough to discuss those things, but, I tried to give them the first opportunities to think development assistance not only from donor side but also from beneficiary side. I needed another two or three lecture time, maybe.

Anyway, I want to say thank you very much to Prof. Kataoka to give me very good chance to give my lecture to students. I am very glad if my lecture give them a little insight to think of their future by themselves.

And also thank you for your patience to read my poor English !

 

After Back to Japan in April 7

My task as JETRO consultant in Surabaya, Indonesia, had finished in March 31, and I came back to Japan in April 7. Now I stay in Tokyo with my family.

I am now preparing my next activity stage. I will set up my tiny independent consulting company during these two months in Japan. Then, based on this company, I will restart my activities to move among Japan, Indonesia and other countries.

To do so, I have made several my activity bases. Main base is in Japan, Fukushima or Tokyo. Sub bases are Tokyo or Fukushima, Jakarta, Surabaya, and maybe Makassar.

The base in Jakarta and Surabaya had been prepared before back to Japan this time. Yesterday (April 13), I prepared my small work place in a rental office, 10 minutes walk from my home in Tokyo. I will set up my another work place in Fukushima.

Fortunately, the set up cost may be not so high. So, I will be able to come to Tokyo, Fukushima, Jakarta, and Surabaya (and maybe Makassar) in any time. My mobile bases are almost established.

In my plan, I will stay in Indonesia next June 2015, starting in Makassar the first week of June. Please keep in touch.

 

Three Speeches Last Week in Jakarta

Last week, I stayed in Jakarta for one week. I had three opportunities to make my speech. Two were for Indonesian in Bahasa Indonesia and one was for Japanese in Japanese.

In March 2, I was invited by Jakarta Branch of Indonesian Handicraft Exporters and Producers Association (ASEPHI) as a speaker to talk about SME’s export promotion and potentiality of market in Japan.

I explained the change of Japanese market from Yen appreciation to the depreciation that did not so good for export from Indonesia to Japan. However, if the target was clear as goods for the aged, women, and Indonesian original ones. I recommended combination strategy of OEM products from Japanese buyers and Indonesian original ones. To realize this, I suggested the good collaboration between Indonesian side and Japanese side.

In March 4, I talked about current situation of the Jokowi administration for Japanese businessmen in the Indonesia Watch Seminar by JAC Recruitment Indonesia. This was in Japanese and I gave some positive and negative signals of Indonesia.

In March 7, I was invited to do keynote speech by Ikatan Pengusaha Kenshusei Indonesia (IKAPEKSI) or Association of Indonesian Businessmen who were trained in Japan. They were sent to Japan via IMM Japan and became businessmen after coming back from Japan to Indonesia.

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IKAPEKSI was established by their own initiatives without any support from Japanese side. Maybe this is the first organization set up by alumni of IMM Japan trainee in the world. They do not want to get financial support from the government of Japan and of Indonesia, but want to be good business partner to Japanese side.

Under cooperation with Ministry of Labor Force, Indonesia, only no-problem alumni of IMM Japan can be the member. Members of IKAPEKSI were recognized as good graduates from training in Japan and the Government of Indonesia wants to improve the quality of overseas trainee by using the existence of IKAPEKSI.

I became the advisor of IKAPEKSI based on their request. I feel it is very honorable for me as a Japanese because it is the sign of their trust to me. The situation of Kenshusei in Japan will be more complex and has not only positive image but also negative one. I hope ex-Kenshusei in IKAPEKSI will make good reputation of Kenshusei with many success stories to promote more positive image, and will make a role to deepen Indoensia-Japan relationship in all regions in Indonesia (because the member of IKAPEKSI scattered in almost all provinces and regencies/cities) through their activities.

 

Interview Series in Yogya and Surabaya (16-20 January 2015)

After finished our SME Workshop in Jakarta (14 January), I came back to Surabaya first in 15 January. Then, I started to bound for Yogyakarta at 7 am by train. Why must back to Surabaya first? I could not directly go to Yogyakarta from Jakarta because of bureaucratic administration.

Anyway, I conducted series of interview to emerging local companies targeted to middle class or volume zone market in Indonesia. In Yogyakarta, I visited and interviewed Super Wash (laundry franchise chain) in 16 January, and Kemitraan A Swalayan (mini market establishment and management consulting) in 17 January. After coming back to Surabaya, I interviewed Coffee Toffee (cafe franchise chain) in Surabaya in 20 January.

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With Mr. Lidi (President Director) and Mr. Ali (Manager) at office of Super Wash, Yogyakarta, 16 January 2015.

 

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with Mr. Putut, Mr. Sulis and Mr. Danan (Managers) at office of Kemitraan A Swalayan, Klaten, Yogyakarta, 17 January 2015.

 

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with Mr. Odi (President Director) at Coffee Toffee, Klampis, Surabaya, 20 January 2015.

I could get many interesting information from them and some key points why they have emerged their business in local areas. I will compile the interview results for survey reports to JETRO Jakarta.

SME Workshop in Jakarta (14 January 2015)

Last week, we conducted a Workshop on SME policies in Indonesia at Gran Melia Jakarta in 14 January 2015. This workshop was held to feedback the results of our survey (JERI team) on 17 local SMEs on automotive parts supplier in October-November 2014, and to discuss about policy implication for SME development in Indonesia.

This Workshop was attended by about 40 participants including Ms. Euis, Director General of Small & Medium Industry, Ministry of Industry, Mr. Meliadi Sembiring, the 7th Deputy Minister of Cooperatives and SME, other two Deputy Ministers of Cooperatives and SME, a member of KIKO (Cooperatives of Automotive Parts Industry), Yayasan Darma Bakti Astra, KADIN Indonesia, APINDO, Bank Indonesia, Jakarta Japan Club (JJC), JICA, and JETRO.

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Based on our survey, we tried to focus on two main issues on SME development challenge. Those are marketing from SME to big companies, and needs of financial support by the government. We threw our two points to participants for further discussion and we could get much new information and many kinds of opinion about SME development in Indonesia in the near future.

We hope this Workshop will be useful for participants and especially government officials to deepen ideas for SME development policy in Indonesia.

 

Sudden Lecture in IEU, Surabaya

It was four days before. Suddenly I was requested to give a lecture at IEU, Surabaya. The theme is Business Communication with Japanese Businessmen.

I gave the lecture in 8 December night. At first, only 4 students were presented, even though I heard 15 students. At last, 8 students participated my lecture.

This is very impressive and good opportunity for me to learn the diversity of university students in Indonesia, maybe as same as in Japan.

They are very charming students and I got many friend request by Facebook and LINE after my lecture.

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Lecture and Others in Jakarta (3 Dec 2014)

In Japanese, December is called “Shiwasu”, which means that teacher is very busy because he/she must always run. As it means or not, I will do business trip almost every week to Jakarta in this December 2014. 2-4 December, 9-10 December, 15-16 December, and 21-22 December. Maybe before leave to Tokyo in 27 December, I will be in Jakarta.

In the first business trip in 3 December, I gave a lecture about Indonesian economy to Japanese guests from Tokyo, based on request from JAC Indonesia. They are young and want to make a business of financial service in Indonesia.

After

Take a picture after my lecture

After that, I met a consultant of energy business venture to discuss about new technology application to Indonesia. It is very fruitful and I got much implication on direction of Indonesia-Japan cooperation to create new innovation together. Fortunately, we could meet Prof. Dr. Ir. Bambang Subiyanto, Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Science Academy (LIPI), to continue our interesting discussion with having dinner together.

After interesting dinner, I went to a hotel located in North Jakarta with Prof. Kozano from Aichi Prefectural University to meet our students of Gadjah Mada University (participants of Japan on Track Program) who have started their intern activities in Japanese companies. They were fine and very positive to participate the intern program. I hope they will get much meaningful experience to prepare their working life in the near future.

With JoT participated intern students of UGM

With JoT participated intern students of UGM

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