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.
Materi siaran pers BNPB tentang gempa Lombok pada tanggal 7 Agustus 2018 bisa diunduh dari sini:
Material of press release on Lombok earthquake (in bahasa Indonesia) in 7 August 2018 can be downloaded from here:
I was invited to the Fukushima Overseas Business Dinner in Shiering Chinese Restaurant in 30 July 2018. Very exciting and relaxed meeting with good guys based in Fukushima, who are doing business in Vietnam, China, and the Philippines.
I appreciate their independent stance without depending on subsidies or government assistance. Thank you for getting this opportunity with my new business friends. I must learn and communicate much with them.
In 17 July 2018, I had a chance to give a special lecture in Chuo University to discuss about the study tour plan in Indonesia of students including human resource development, waste water management, environment education and community health. I hope my advice gave some meaningful implication to their study tour plan in Indonesia next September.
Local government mission of Batu city, East Java, Indonesia, to Fukushima, Japan that planned this week (10-14 July 2018), was postponed.
Kunjungan rombongan Pemkot Batu, Jawa Timur, ke Fukushima, Jepang yang direncanakan minggu ini (10-14 Juli 2018), ditunda.
In 3 July 2018, as an advisor of Minakami town, I visited Minakami town to discuss about its local development cooperation with a local government in Indonesia. Very fruitful discussion with local government officials of Minakami town.
After finished pur meetig, we visit the road station “Takumi-no-sato”, as an example of agro-tourism site with traditional handicrafts based on local-initiatives supported by the local government of Minakami town.
I visited Kanazawa in 13 June to attend a study group meeting at Hokuriku AJEC (Around Japan Sea Economic Exchange Committee) to discuss about foreign human resources affairs in Hokuriku area. I was asked to write a report on technical intern training system by the end of FY 2018. Good opportunity to contact and meet Hokuriku AJEC and Hokuriku Economic Federation (Hokkeiren). Of course, I enjoyed very good local breakfast in Kanazawa.
In 12 June 2018, I had several meetings in Kyoto and Osaka. Tight schedule day. At night, I enjoyed having a dinner of deep Korean foods in Tsuruhashi, Osaka with my friends.