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OKINAWA Industrial Tour (FY2008) [April 23-25, 2008]

OKINAWA Industrial Tour (FY2008)


Outline


An industrial tour for the foreign diplomats introduced them to Miyakojima, an island attracting attention for its utilization of bio-ethanol and other new energy sources, and to the main island of Okinawa, where companies involved in eco-business and environment-related endeavors have been experiencing a strong growth.

Organizd by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Co-organized by: Okinawa General Bureau Cabinet Office, Economy, Trade and Industry Department
Supported by: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
In cooperation with: Okinawa Prefecture, the City of Miyakojima

Date: April 23 (Wednesday)-25 (Friday), 2008
Place: Okinawa Prefecture (Miyakojima and the main island of Okinawa)


Participants


15 foreign diplomats stationed in Japan (seven of whom are Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary)


Visited places


-Bio-ethanol Production Facility at Okinawa Sugar Manufacturing Co., Ltd
-Ryuseki Corporation., Miyakojima Tank Facility
-Miyako solar power research and demonstration facility in Miyakojima
-Miyako Wind Power Generation Facility (Sadefune Wind Power)
-Miyakojima Ground Water Dam and its Museum (documents center)
-Trim Co. Ltd.’s recycling plant (Plant utilizes waste glass)
-Nissin Co. Ltd. (To witness devices that produce oil from plastics)
-Bio21 Co., Ltd. (Produces cosmetics using plants native to Okinawa)
-Working Dinner with the Director-General of the Okinawa General Bureau Cabinet Office and the Director of the of Economy, Trade and Industry Department of the same office.
-Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Park & Museum
-Okinawa Prefecture Governor and Vice Governors at the Okinawa prefectural government office


Overview


Introduction to the economic and industrial activities of Miyakojima and the main island of Okinawa in Okinawa Prefecture, visits to businesses and industrial sites, dialogue with representatives of local government.
The investment climate of Okinawa, and its energy/ecology-related initiatives were introduced to fifteen foreign diplomats stationed in Japan (seven of whom are Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary). The informal talks with the Prefectural Governor for Okinawa, the Director-General of the Okinawa General Bureau Cabinet Office, the mayor of Miyakojima, the head of the Miyakojima branch office for Okinawa Prefecture, company representatives and Okinawa citizens that were part of the program provided an opportunity for these diplomats to cultivate a deeper understanding with regards to current local conditions, initiatives and themes.

The visits by the diplomats to energy-related facilities and ecology-conscious businesses, as well as the courtesy call on the Okinawa Prefectural Governor and Vice Governors attracted a great media attention, including aired TV news, and a coverage carried on the first page of the local newspaper.

Many participants commented that, in addition to exposure to Okinawa’s economy and industry, the tour provided valuable opportunities to study historical and social aspects of the region. They expressed the hope that the IIST would continue the industrial tour program in the future.


Ryuseki Corporation., Miyakojima Tank Facility (E3 fuel fabrication/supply facility)

Ryuseki Corporation., Miyakojima Tank Facility
(E3 fuel fabrication/supply facility)

Observation of Nissin Co. Ltd. facilities (Device that produces oil from plastics)

Observation of Nissin Co. Ltd. facilities
(Device that produces oil from plastics)


Courtesy call to Okinawa Prefectural Governor Nakaima and Vice Governors Nakazato and Asato.

Courtesy call to Okinawa Prefectural Governor Nakaima and Vice Governors Nakazato and Asato.


Related article


2008 IIST Industrial Tour to Okinawa


International Exchange Dept.



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