In 20 December 2018, I attended the meeting of a study group of AJEC (Around Japanese Sea Economic Exchange Conference) in Hokuriku area about foreign human resources in Japan. I made a small presentation about current technical trainee program of Japan. We will make a report next March.
In 16 December 2018, I attended the first congress of Indonesianist Gathering as it said KAPAL (Kelompok Pemerhati dan Peneliti Indonesia di Jepang) at Kyoto University. Many interesting presentations. I could learn many things.
And I could meet many old Indonesianists friends and new younger Indonesianists there. I hope KAPAL would develop as an open and inclusive society for all Indonesianists and Indonesia lovers in Japan, not too much academic, narrow and exclusive organization.
KAPAL Blog (in Japanese): http://kapal-indonesia-jepang.blogspot.com/
Observation and meeting in Palu, Sigi, and Donggala, in 21-23 November 2018.
Pengamatan dan pertemuan di Palu, Sigi, dan Donggala, pada tanggal 21-23 November 2018.
In 10 November 2018, I made a small presentation about the earthquake of Central Sulawesi in Southeast Asian Studies Forum in Kyoto.
Pada tanggal 10 November 2018, saya membuat presentasi kecil tentang gempa Sulawesi Tengah di Forum Studi Asia Tenggara di Kyoto.
In 9 November 2018, I attended the Indonesia Seminar organized by Aichi Prefecture University in Nagoya, with title “Indonesian Economies before 2019 Presidential Election” in Japanese. This is an annual lecture series since 2013.
In October 29 – November 2, 2018, Batu City Government Mission visited Japan, chaired by the mayor, from Batu city, East Java, Indonesia.
The mission mainly visited Fukushima city and Tokyo, where they visit apple plantation, the fruit sorting plant, agricultural product processing factory, farmer’s market, and vegetable wholesale central market, and so on, and could learn how agricultural production, processing and distribution were integrated. Mayor of Batu city made a courtesy visit to meet mayor of Fukushima city.
The mission have been able to get various suggestions on how to proceed the agricultural cooperation between Batu city and Fukushima city in the future, and they are safe and returned to Indonesia.
In 23-28 September 2018, I visited Batu city again as a team member of feasibility study on agricultural cooperation between Fukushima city and Batu city, East Java.
We discussed about how to manage agricultural development in Batu with its mayor and its government officials. Many fruitful information and suggestion we got.
We will invite the delegation of Batu city to Fukushima and Tokyo in 29 October – 2 November 2018.
In 9-15 September 2018, I visited South Sulawesi (Wajo, Pinrang & Makassar) and Jakarta with the delegation of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, to survey about direct seeding of rice in South Sulawesi.
Ishikawa Prefecture and South Sulawesi Province are now facing the same serious challenge of labor shortage in agriculture and both of them think that direct seeding of rice may be the key technology to overcome it.
The delegation directly made field observation, discussed about farming with rice farmers, and got fruitful information from the field. I hope we will have next step for good opportunity to deeply exchange farmer’s knowledge and experience between Ishikawa Prefecture and South Sulawesi Province.
In 4-6 September 2018, as an Indonesian coordinator of Team E-Kansai, Osaka, I visited Jakarta.
Team E-Kansai: http://team-e-kansai.jp/en/
My main task is to coordinate Business Matching Seminar (5 September) on waste water and sewage management technology between Japanese and Indonesian companies, cooperated with Indonesian Food and Beverage Industry Association (GAPMMI).
In addition, I became a speaker in Networking Cafe (4 September) for Japanese businessmen/women, about Indonesian economy and Presidential Election 2019.
I participated this Tour to Polewali, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, with about 30 participants. Most of them are chocolate lovers in Japan and came there for the first time. They learned many things about cacao from planting, fermentation, drying, and processing.
They directly met cacao farmers and gave their sincere appreciation and thanks message because no delicious chocolate without cacao farmers’ efforts. On the other hand, cacao farmers were very happy to meet them from Japan with stronger motivation to produce good cacao beans.
Participants also made chocolates from cacao beans with primary school students some of whose parents were cacao farmers. This was the first time for participants and students to make chocolate from cacao beans.
I hope this kind of interaction between producers and consumers will make new relationship with their mutual respect.