IIST Asia Industrial Tour in Hokkaido (FY2007)
A three-day, two-night industrial tour was held for diplomats of Asian countries stationed in Tokyo. This tour showed various efforts regarding dairy farming, boosting economic development in areas, and commercial tourism to raise understanding of the economy and industry of Hokkaido related to agriculture and dairy processors, as well as economic revitalization through tourism in Hokkaido which has long attracted the attention of Asian countries.
Date: July 10 - 12, 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: Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
A total of 14 diplomats, one from each of the following embassies:
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There was a briefing on industry in the whole of Hokkaido, as well as on industry, fishery and agriculture in the Tokachi Sub-Prefectural Office. This was followed by an active exchange of questions and answers. Views were also exchanged on the current status and future of the economy, industry and business in Hokkaido through talks with people engaging in local business.
The delegation visited Yotsuba Nyugyo (Milk Product), a leading agriculture and dairy processor in Hokkaido, and received an explanation of their history as a dairy manufacturer founded by dairy farmers for dairy farmers and their investments in technologies and facilities in their manufacturing operations. The explanation also included their action guideline to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) including their system for reinforcing global competitiveness, improving their compliance system and their environmental efforts. The party then obsesrved the plant facilities and system. The visit was highly regarded by the participants.
There also was a visit to JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) Obihiro-Kawanishi, which is well known for its high profitability. At JA Obihiro-Kawanishi, the participants had an opportunity to learn how JA had succeeded in producing marketable yams after trial and error as well as JA's achievements in technical reforms and securing income for farmers. The current status of Japanese agriculture, and the safety of agricultural and dairy products and residual pesticides, were also explained. The feedback from the participants indicates that the visit was most informative, and visits to Yachiyo Farm and Furano Wine Factory were also worthwhile, enabling participants to learn about commercial tourism, dairy products and profitability. Visits to Farm Tomita, Asahiyama Zoo and Hokkaido Folk Arts and Crafts Village were good opportunities to have a glimpse of the importance of unique characteristics and principles of commercial tourism.
For many of the participants, this industrial tour came to be an opportunity to visit Hokkaido, which they had previously seen only in magazines and other media, to observe the current status of the agricultural and dairy industry and tourism industry as inspiring models for their own countries. This study tour also enabled the 14 diplomats from 14 Asian countries, including two Ambassadors and one charge d'affaires stationed in Tokyo to meet one another.
IIST Asia Industrial Tour in Hokkaido was widely featured in the local Hokkaido Shimbun (daily newspaper), which reported on the delegation from Asian countries to Japan visiting Tokachi Sub-Prefectural Office and related local facilities. This reflected the local people's keen interest in this program.
(listed in alphabetical order)
Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Royal Embassy of Cambodia
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
Embassy of India
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Embassy of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
Embassy of Malaysia
Embassy of Mongolia
Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
Embassy of Nepal
Embassy of Pakistan
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
International Exchange Dept.