30 April 2017 di Fukushima

Pada tanggal 30 April, tamu pertama untuk Matsui Glocal LLC di Fukushima adalah teman baik saya, Ibu Lily Yulianti, seorang penulis dan jurnalis Indonesia, dan penyelenggara Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) sejak 2011. Lily bertemu Mr. Ryoichi Wago, seorang penyair di Fukushima, untuk membahas tentang Sastra Kontemporer Jepang setelah bencana Gempa Bumi dan Tsunami Jepang Timur di 2011.

April 30, 2017 in Fukushima

In April 30, the first guest for Matsui Glocal LLC in Fukushima is my good friend, Ms. Lily Yulianti, an Indonesian writer and Journalist, and an organizer of Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) since 2011. She met Mr. Ryoichi Wago, a poet in Fukushima, to discuss about Japanese contemporary literature after East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster in 2011.

Pendirian Matsui Glocal LLC

Hari ini (tanggal 11 April 2017), saya melakukan permohonan registrasi pendirian badan hukum kepada Kantor Hukum Daerah Fukushima, Fukushima, Jepang. Dengan ini, hari ini menjadi hari pendirian Matsui Glocal LLC secara resmi.

Selama ini, saya bergerak atas nama ‘Matsui Glocal’ namun ini hanya nama panggiran kegiatan saya dan status saya sebenarnya freelance. Namun sesudah hari ini, Matsui Glocal menjadi badan hukum sebagai Matsui Glocal LLC (Limited Liability Company). Matsui Glocal LLC tidak memiliki karyawan kecuali saya.

Menurut Kantor Hukum Daerah Fukushima, prosedur registrasi tersebut akan selesai pada tanggal 20 April 2017. Maka, aktivitas riil akan mulai sejak itu. Saya akan mempersiapkan berbagai hal untuk aktivitas yang akan datang.

Tujuan di dalam Anggaran Dasar Matsui Glocal LLC adalah:

  1. Riset, nasihat dan consulting tentang pengembangan daerah/lokal
  2. Riset, nasihat dan consulting tentang pengembangan bisnis
  3. Riset, nasihat dan consulting tentang kerjasama internasional
  4. Interaksi dan kolaborasi terkait pengembangan daerah/lokal, pengembangan bisnis dan kerjasama internasional
  5. Riset, analisa, pengolahan informasi dan promosi tentang Indonesia
  6. Pengelolaan, kuliah dan fasilitasi seminar, loka karya, pelatihan dan rapat

Misi saya adalah “Menjadi katalisator yang menciptakan sesuatu yang baru dan baik dengan menyambung antara lokal dan lokal”. Maka, saya merasa kegiatan saya harus berakal di lokal. Dengan demikian, saya mendirikan perusahaan saya Matsui Glocal LLC di Fukushima, kota yang saya lahir. Wacana ini lama tersimpang sejak dulu.

Fukushima menjadi basis utama kegiatan saya. Tokyo, Makassar, Jakarta dan tempat-tempat lain di dunia sebagai basis yang lain. Saya akan beraktivitas seperti selama ini dan mau bekerja kegiatan yang saya diperlukan di tempat yang saya dibutuhkan.

Masing-masing lokal termasuk Fukushima berupaya meningkatkan kemampuannya, saling menghormatinya, saling belajar/mengajarnya, dan melakukan aktivitasnya. Jika ini terwujud, masa depan kita pasti akan lebih hangat, lebih senang, dan lebih tertarik.

Saya mulai dari Fukushima. Dengan Matsui Glocal LLC ini, saya ingin membuat teman-teman sepaham dan mulai perjalanan untuk menciptakan masa depan bersama-sama.

 

Establishment of Matsui Glocal LLC

Today (April 11, 2017), I applied for corporate registration of Matsui Glocal LLC to Fukushima District Legal Affairs Bureau. Then, today became the establishment day of Matsui Glocal LLC.

I have used the name “Matsui Glocal” until now, but the status has been a freelancer. Now, I has started my activities in the name of corporation as LLC (Limited Liability Company), even though there is no employee and this is one-man company.

Because the registration procedure will be completed in April 20, 2017, my activities as LLC will start completely after that. Now I will make preparation to my LLC activities.

The objectives of Matsui Glocal LLC in Articles of Incorporation are as follows.

  1. Research, advising and consulting on local/community development
  2. Research, advising and consulting on business support
  3. Research, advising and consulting on international cooperation
  4. Interaction/collaboration support in local/community development, business support, and international cooperation
  5. Research, analyzing and information provision on Indonesian politics, economies, and social/cultural affairs
  6. Making lecture, facilitation and coordination in seminar, workshop, training and meeting

Because my mission is “to be catalyst to create something new and good with connecting local to local”, I must make my root in local. So, I established Matsui Glocal LLC in my home town, Fukushima city in Japan. I had planned this since before.

From Fukushima as my main base, and Tokyo, Makassar, Jakarta and others as my sub bases, I want to do activities what is required to me at places where I am needed in Japan, Indonesia, and other places in the world without any borders.

Locals including Fukushima try to their own capacities. They respect, learn and act each other beyond borders of countries, religions, and races. If those are realized, the future would be more warm, more fun, and more interesting, I think.

I start this from Fukushima. Through Matsui Glocal LLC, I start my journey to make such my colleague in the world and make such future together.

 

Business Trip to Batu (31 Oct – 1 Nov)

I visited Kota Batu again in 31 October – 1 November. This is the last visit this year to complete the cooperation and collaboration direction between Kota Batu and Fukushima City in agriculture sector.

A proposal was submitted from Fukushima to Batu and we discussed it together. Because the proposal was satisfied with needs from Kota Batu, generally we agreed.

Fukushima team was welcomed by Mayor of Kota Batu, too. Fukushima team appreciated very much on very warm acceptance and positive response from the mayor on the cooperation and collaboration direction.

We will start next step to long-term partnership between Kota Batu and Fukushima City.

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Fukushima Team with Mayor of Kota Batu

 

Business Trip to Kochi & Fukushima (8-13 Sep. 2016)

In the name of “JICA Program on Data Collection Survey on Public-Private-Partnership for Activating Agricultural Promotion in Indonesia”, I will visit Kochi and Fukushima with local government officials from Indonesia in 8-13 September, 2016.

This JICA Program studies on the possibility to create partnership and cooperation in agriculture and/or livestock sector between local government in Indonesia and Japan, and between government and private sector. The key is how to realize win-win partnership between them.

So, even in the name of JICA, this is not pure assistance or aid program from Japan to Indonesia.

I will visit Kochi in 8-10 September and Fukushima in 11-13 September.

 

Fukushima and Malang/Batu

In the name of JICA survey on local to local partnership in agriculture between Indonesia and Japan, I brought three persons from Fukushima city to Malang and Batu, East Java, Indonesia, in July 26-28, 2016.

Fukushima and Malang/Batu have the same character as center of fruits production and processing. Fukushima is very famous as production center of peach, pear, apple and other fruits except orange. Malang and Batu are famous as apple, orange, crystal guava, and other tropical fruits.

In Malang and Batu, we discussed with those two local governments about the direction of this supposed partnership and share the philosophy of agriculture in the future. We agreed with farmers-centered agricultural industrialization against strong wave of globalization through market forces.

In other words, the main objective is to improve the position and income of farmers, supported by manufacturers. More focus on sustainability and continuity of interaction between farmers and manufacturers, rather than the increase of production and productivity that are requested by market force.

For example, vacuum fried chips (kripik) are main products of fruit processing in Malang and Batu now. Because of that, the future of kripik is not prospective because more manufacturers will start to produce kripik and more supply of kripik will decline the value of processing. Very difficult to increase the income of farmers. Processing-centered strategies will not always be good result to farmers.

So, my guests from Fukushima requested farmers in Malang and Batu not just satisfy as suppliers of fruits materials for manufacturers, but try to produce qualified fresh fruits against dominant imported fruits in Indonesian market. Food security is the biggest concern of Fukushima after the nuclear power plant accident. Fukushima has made extra hard effort to recover its trust in agriculture market until now.

The key is not only the quality, but also the security of foods and agricultural products. Also, organic products are not always accepted in market if they are not so delicious. Farmers try to produce delicious fruits with paying attention to food security (and may be in organic way). We think this with seeing many small apples in a tree in Batu.

In September, we will invite local government officials from Malang and Batu to Fukushima to see and understand the system of agriculture, mainly of fruits. We will continue to discuss about real partnership building in fruits promotion between Fukushima and Malang/Batu. See the next step.

 

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.