Since April 2020, I have written my small articles on Indonesian current economy every month in the SBCS Indonesia Monthly Report, published by PT. SBCS Indonesia, a Japanese-Indonesia consulting company in Jakarta, as the name of “Future Indonesia – An Analysis by the Japanese Expert Mr. Kazuhisa Matsui”. You can download from here. Please give your comment to me.
My guest lectures were conducted in the name of “Social Development B” in Faculty of Social Studies, Hitotsubashi University, my alma mater, as follws:
– May 27 & June 3, 2020: One Village One Product Movement
– July 8 & July 15, 2020: Catalyst and Facilitation
This time, my part is regarded as “the learning from practitioners”, so I talked my past experience as JICA expert in Indonesia and in the field of local development in Indonesia and Japan, especially focused on how to approach and communicate as an outsider with local peoples in the program of international cooperation or local/community development.
Based on request from the university, I made the video of my lecture by PowerPoint in advance, and the students watched it on demand. This is my precious experience, of course. But it was a pity that I couldn’t have face-to-face discussions with the students.
Here is my report on Indonesia in SBCS Indonesia Monthly Report (May 2020). You can download it from this URL. Please read it.
From April 2020, I write regular short analysis about Indonesian current affairs in the SBCS Indonesia Monthly Report published by PT. SBCS Indonesia. The series title is “Future Indonesia – An Analysis by the Japanese Expert Kazuhisa Matsui”. The first analysis is: Jokowi 2nd Term Prioritizes Investment and Business, Facing the Spreading of COVID-19. If you want read this, please contact PT. SBCS Indonesia (https://www.sbcs.co.id/contact-us).
As a survey for Team E-Kansai, Osaka, Japan, we conducted business trip to Jakarta and Surabaya in 1-11 March 2020 to get information about the needs of environmental technologies for private sector in Indonesia. We tried to visit some industrial associations, but, of course, it was very difficult to make appointments this time. We were too much careful to do our activities with avoiding use of public transportation and recording all our activity locus in Bahasa Indonesia.
In the name of JICA Grass-root Cooperation Project for local government, we visited Aceh Tengah district in the Sumatra island, Indonesia. This project is to promote 6th industrialization or integration among production/cultivation, processing and marketing of local oranges as agricultural products. Aceh Tengah district now sends two young persons to Ochi town in Kochi Prefecture, Japan, to learn the 6th industrialization at Okabayashi Farm.
This time, we had two-days workshop for local government, orange farmers, and young business-persons to discuss about the strategy to realize the 6th industrialization by integration and cooperation among them.
I want to know and learn current local community development activities especially in Korea, China, Taiwan, and other countries. I believe there are co-current and same phenomena happened in those activities as in Japan. If possible, I want to visit there to learn them directly.
A Happy New Year 2020 !
Thank you very much for your kind support in 2019.
We wish you love and peace for your life and work in 2020.
Looking at the local development of Japan and overseas (Indonesia etc.), we feel those actions cocurrently happen. Local and local connect, and new values and deep learning are created sustainably. We would like to do our best to realize such world.
Photo: With young farmers in Batu City, East Java, Indonesia. The movement to connect producers and consumers is also tried here. [May 2019]
In 13 December 2019, Aichi Prefectural University presented a mini seminar on Indonesian economy and I was invited as a speaker. The title was “Challenges of Joko Widodo’s 2nd Administration”. » Read more
In 3-4 December 2019, we participated in the tour of the “Risk Management course” hosted by the Fukushima Innovation Coast Plan Promotion Organization.
Our main interest was to visit Fukushima Dai-2 Nuclear Power Plant which was decided to be decommissioned in next 40 years. We got a very valuable chance to enter the reactor building and went to under the containment of nuclear reactor. Many detailed regulation to protect our body not to be contaminated by radiation.