Lecture at SBCS Indonesia Webinar (19 November 2020)

In the afternoon of November 19, 2020, I gave a lecture at a webinar hosted by SBCS Indonesia (an SMBC-affiliated consulting company), which I have been writing my column every month in its monthly report.

The topic was “Looking Back at Indonesian Politics and Economy in 2020”. The main topics in the lecture were as follows:

  1. The start of the second phase of the Jokowi government
  2. Covid-19 and the domestic economy
  3. Information on The Omnibus Law (Job Creation Law)
  4. Future Prospects

After the lecture, the webinar participants gave questions about the content of the Omnibus Law and the future political outlook, and I replied them.

Lecture on Omnibus Law of Indonesia (4 November 2020)

We have a chance to explain about Omnibus Law (Job Creation Law) or UU Cipta Kerja (UU No. 11/2020) to Japanese audience through webinar “ASEAN Update Series), hosted by ASEAN Japan Centre, 4 November 2020.

You can download our presentation materials (in Japanese, partially in Indonesian) from following Japanese site.


We hope we will have another chance to discuss about Omnibus Law with Indonesian officials, business persons, scholars and others. We hope this law will lead better and happier condition for Indonesia in the future and more respect mutual relationship between Indonesia and Japan.

External Consultant of ASEAN Japan Centre for Webinar Series

Since October 2020, we have contracted as an external consultant for trade & investment cluster, ASEAN Japan Centre (AJC) in Tokyo, to plan and implement ASEAN Update Webinar Series until March 2021. This webinar series is conducted in Japanese language for Japanese customer to get latest information about ASEAN countries.

As the first turn, in early November 2020, I will be the speaker to explain about Omnibus Law or Job Creation Law in Indonesia, which has been just legislated in 5 October 2020.

For this Webinar Series, I will plan to invite speakers from ASEAN countries, depended on theme and contents. If there is someone who wants to talk and promote trade and investment between ASEAN countries and Japan, please contact me. We may discuss whether the theme and contents are suitable or not. English speaker is welcomed.

My Article in SBCS Indonesia Monthly Report (Oct 2020)

Since April 2020, I regularly write my column, titled “Future Indonesia – An Analysis by the Japanese Expert Mr. Kazuhisa Matsui” in SBCS Indonesia Monthly Report.

In the latest publication, I wrote as the 5th report, with the title of “Trade Surplus Increase under Economic Recession. Stable Agriculture is Expected”. You can download the report from following link.

My Report [PDF] (Japanese & English)

If you want to get the SBCS Indonesia Monthly Report, please contact directly to SBCS Indonesia (sbcs@sbcs.co.id). Thank you for your attention.

My Articles in the SBCS Indonesia Monthly Report

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.

Guest Lectures in Hitotsubashi University

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.

Start to Write My Column in SBCS Indonesia Monthly Report

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).

Business Trip to Jakarta and Surabaya (1-11 March 2020)

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.

Business Trip to Aceh Tengah (17-23 Feb 2020)

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.

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