Attended JASID Spring Conference in 15 June 2019

I participated the 20th Spring Conference of the Japan Society for International Development (JASID) at Rikuzen-Takata city, Iwate Prefecture, in 15 June 2019.

Rikuzen-Takata is one of the biggest damaged cities of East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 11 March 2011. Almost all city center was totally disappeared by more than 15 meter-high tsunami only for a while. Now, Rikuzen-Takata has tried to build new city on the lost old city area with deep and long sadness with pray for many victim citizens.

What can we international development specialists do and learn from this disaster tragedy? We acknowledged that physical reconstruction is not enough. We need to remember the memory of the citizen life there and stay with them to support to create some hope to the future.

This is a very good moment for us to rethink about the meaning of development. We confirm the base is local and it is important for us to think local-to-local networking.

Explain information on Tokutei Ginou in Semarang (22 April 2019)

In 22 April 2019, I had a chance to explain about new resident status ‘Tokutei Ginou (specific skill)’ of Japan to ex-trainees in Semarang.

Even if the status was started under revised Immigration Law in Japan, Japanese companies that accept Tokutei Ginou workers and Touroku Shien Kikan (Registered Support Agency) are now still under inspection until next June by Immigration Service Bureau before their starting of activities. In addition to that, Tokutei Ginou cannot start before signing MoU bertween Government of Indonesia and of Japan.

There are many incorrect information on Tokutei Ginou in Indonesia and someone were deceived. I hope ex-trainees wait for a while with preparing necessary information.

Speaker in Seminar on Utilization of Foreign Workers in Japan (26 March 2019)

I was invited as a speaker of Seminar on Utilizaiotn of Foreign Workers in Japan, organized by Hokuriku Economic Federation and JETRO, in Kanazawa, in 26 March 2019.

I picked up some topics including the role of local SMEs in regional economies, separation of objectives and real situation in technical foreign trainee program, and new foreigner’s resident status “specific skills” since April 2019.

I tried to suggest two ways as (1) combination between high-qualified and educated foreign manpower and technical foreign trainees or foreign workers with “specific skills”, and (2) setting route for foreign trainees/workers to grade up themselves to high-qualified manpower by getting opportunities to study in university.

Visit Malang Muhammadiyah University (14 March 2019)

After visiting Brawijaya University, I visited Malang Muhammadiyah University (UMM) to discuss about cooperation opportunities with Japan. The discussion was conducted as a mini-seminar chaired by dean of Faculty of Social and Politics.

We had very interesting and impressive discussion in this occasion and UMM continues to consider any cooperation activities including study tour to japan and inviting me as visiting lecturer.

Visit STIKes Cirebon (12 March 2019)

I visited Cirebon Health Collage (STIKes Cirebon) in 12 March 2019 to discuss about nurse education and sending capacity of nurse to Japan until now.

This collage was the first institution of EPA program in 2008 to send nurse trainee to Japan.

We exchanged information on human resource development and future program of sending nurse trainee to Japan.

Lecture in Surabaya (26-30 Nov 2017)

In 26-30 November 2017, I visited Surabaya to attend the JICA project to support Food Processing Industries in Indonesia by SME from Osaka.

In 29 November, I gave a lecture on Japan’s Experience of Local Industrial Development, focusing on Food Processing Industries, in Bahasa Indonesia, to government officials of East Java Provincial Government.

 

[INFO] Japan Visa Application Center di Jakarta (setelah 15 Sep 2017)

Kepada teman-teman di Indonesia,

Setelah tanggal 15 September 2017, permohonan/pengambilan visa ke Jepang dari Indonesia di Jakarta tidak lagi diterima di Konjen Jepang, dan harus ke Japan Visa Application Centre (JVAC), yang berlokasi di Lotte Shopping Avenue 4F, Unit No.33.

  • Pengajuan Aplikasi Visa : 09.00 – 17.00 (Aplikasi Perorangan), 09.00 – 13.00 (Travel Agent)
  • Pengambilan Visa : 10.00 – 15.00 (Aplikasi Perorangan), 10.00 – 13.00 (Travel Agent)
    * JVAC tutup pada hari Sabtu, Minggu dan hari libur Kedutaan (hari libur nasional).

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Meeting with IKAPEKSI South Sulawesi

After arriving at Makassar at noon in January 13, I met members of IKAPEKSI South Sulawesi. IKAPEKSI is Ikatan Pengusaha Kenshusei Indonesia, Indonesian ex-Japan-Trainee Businessmen’s League.

They were ex-Trainee in Japan for three years. Mainly worked in small and medium enterprises in Japan to officially learn know-how and technique/technology to be applied in Indonesia in the future. However, some Japanese companies regarded them as cheap labors because of serious shortage of labors in industrial sector.

Officially, government of Japan does not permit immigrant labors in Japan but in fact those trainee are used to fill the labor shortage.

IKAPEKSI was established spontaneously by ex-trainee themselves without any support of government of Japan and Indonesia. Most of members of IKAPEKSI manage their own companies, work in companies, and start their own small business. The ex-training program has contribute to create new entrepreneurs and skilled labors in Indonesia.

I have been an advisor to IKAPEKSI since 2015. I am happy to meet the South Sulawesi part members this time and want to support them.