IIST Asia Industrial Tour in Aichi (FY2007)
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been making an effort to boost initiatives that rejuvenate local economies through the utilization of modern industrial heritage. With the support of METI, IIST implemented the IIST-Asia Industrial Tour in Aichi (Nagoya and the surrounding areas) for diplomats from Asian countries stationing in Japan to visit industrial heritage sites with experts in industrial heritage from within and without Japan.
Date: November 27 - 28, 2007
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Supported by: The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI)
In cooperation with: Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
A total of 12 diplomats, one from each of the following embassies: (For details, please see bottom of page.)
The program began at METI where an orientation took place followed by a lecture given from the METI Director for Regional Promotion Planning, Mr. Furuya, about initiatives to preserve industrial heritage. Next, Prof. Hidemasa Kokaze gave a presentation concerning the development of ceramic exports in Japan during the Meiji Period.
The participants visited various places in Aichi, including Noritake Company, which played a major role in Japanese exports, the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, which is affiliated with one of the world's leading corporations, Toyota, and the Mizkan group's museum of Vinegar "Su no Sato", which leveraged the distinctive characteristics of the Handa region. The visits provided participants with opportunities to learn about industry founders and the history of industrial development. There was also a visit to a Denso plant currently in operation. The tour was arranged to enhance participants' understanding of how various products have been manufactured in Aichi. In addition, a cruise was taken to tour the Horikawa Canal in Nagoya while listening to a lecture presented by an expert from Nagoya on industrial heritage. The cruise offered a chance to view the value of industrial heritage found in Horikawa.
Although it was a short tour, many participants noted that this program became an opportunity to widen their sphere of knowledge of history and industry in Aichi by visiting facilities representative of Aichi, such as Toyota, Noritake, Mizkan and Denso.
(listed in alphabetical order)
• Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
• Embassy of Brunei Darussalam
• Royal Embassy of Cambodia
• Embassy of the People's Republic of China
• Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
• Embassy of the Republic of Korea
• Embassy of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
• Embassy of Malaysia
• Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
• Embassy of Pakistan
• Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
• Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
A total of 9 experts in industrial heritage:
• Prof. Louis BERGERON, Former Professor of Business History and Industrial Heritage, Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Science, France
• Mr. Hans-Dieter COLLINET, First Assistant Secretary for Urban Development, Ministry of Building and Transport of the Federal State of Northrine-Westfa, Germany
• Dr. Anke KUHRMANN, Research Associate, Department of Conservation, Technical University of Brandenburg, Germany
• Mr. Keith FALCONER, Head of Industrial Archaeology, English Heritage, U.K.
• Mr. Keiichi Shimizu, Chief, Center of the History of Japanese Industrial Technology, National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan
• Prof. Hidemasa Kokaze, Member of the Chubu Society for the Industrial Heritage, Ochanomizu University, Japan
• Ms. Makiko Akasaki, Member of the Chubu Society for the Industrial Heritage, President of A-works Co., Ltd., Japan
• Mr. Tadashi Ohashi, Member of the Chubu Society for the Industrial Heritage, Japan
• Mr. Oliver Mayer, Member of the Chubu Society for the Industrial Heritage, Aichi University, Japan
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