[Activity] Online Lecture on Indonesian Economy in GRIPS, Tokyo

In 18 January 2021, I had a chance to give my lecture in English on Indonesian Economy in the lecture series of “Economic Development of Southeast Asia”, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS).

The title of my lecture is “An Overview of Indonesian Economy: From Historical Perspective”, consisted of four parts as (1) Economic Development Expectation of Current Indonesia, (2) Historical Overview of Economic Development in Indonesia, (3) What Happened in Indonesia, and (4) What is the Key for Solution?.

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[Activity] Moderator for ASEAN Current Affairs Webinar (17 & 22 Dec 2020)

As a visiting consultant of ASEAN Japan Center (AJC) in Tokyo, I have been cooperating with AJC to conduct ASEAN Current Affairs Webinar Series since October 2020. The main audience are Japanese business persons and who are interested in ASEAN countries. The language is Japanese.

In December 2020, I became the moderator of two webinars on Myanmar (17 December) and Laos (22 December).

This Webinar series will be continued in 2021.

[Activity] 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.

[Activity] 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.

[Activity] 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.

[Activity] 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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Want to learn local development cases in Korea, China, Taiwan and others

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.

New Year Greetings 2020

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]

Participating in Study Tour on Risk Management in Fukushima (3-4 Dec 2019)

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.

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Participating in Study Tour on Advanced Agriculture in Fukushima

In 28-29 November 2019, we participated in the tour of the “Advanced Agricultural Inspection course” hosted by the Fukushima Innovation Coast Plan Promotion Organization.

On Tour, agricultural recovery by using ICT (Iitate village), research for restart of farming (Minami-Soma city), the country elevator which manages the dry-storage-shipment process of rice (Naraha town), the domestic banana cultivation plant (Hirono town), large-scale strawberry factory (Okuma town), the LED light-used vegetable factory (Kawauchi village), and the flower “Kochoran” factory which used the temperature management by AI (Katsurao village).

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Training for Government Officials of Aceh Tengah in Kochi & Tokyo

We supported the short-term training for government officials of Aceh Tengah in Japan, 5-9 November 2019. This is a part of JICA Grass-root Cooperation Project on orange resource development between Ochi town in Kochi prefecture and Aceh Tengah district.

They learned support policies by local government to develop the 6th industrialization (integration of cultivation-processing-marketing) by private sector this time. Two trainees sent from Aceh Tengah in Ochi town taught how to pick orange to those government officials. Local TV shot the scene.

We hope this short-term training make some contribution to develop the integration of cultivation-processing-marketing of orange resource in Aceh Tengah.

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