TOHOKU Industrial Tour (FY2012)
IIST organized an industrial tour for diplomats stationed in Japan with the aim of enhancing understanding on actual state of reconstruction in the Tohoku region following the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011.
Dates: September 12 - 14, 2012
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
In cooperation with: Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Prefectures visited: Miyagi and Iwate
A total of 10 diplomats, one from each of the following embassies and the delegation of European Union to Japan.
(listed in alphabetical order):
— Embassy of the Republic of Argentina
— Embassy of Australia
— Embassy of the Republic of Austria
— European Union(The delegation of European Union to Japan )
— Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
— Embassy of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
— Embassy of Malaysia
— Embassy of Pakistan
— Embassy of the Kingdom of Thailand
— Embassy of the United States of America
Lectures and Visited places
• Presentation on the current state of economic reconstruction in the region and its future development vision
(Mr. Naoyoshi Yamada, Director-General, Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI))
• Tokyo Electron Miyagi Limited.
• Courtesy visit to the Miyagi Prefectural Government Office (discussion with Miyagi Prefecture Vice-Governor Masahiro Wako and general introduction of Miyagi Prefecture)
• Iris Oyama I.T.P (Household plastic products plant and logistics center in Kakuda City)
• Presentation on conditions in Matsushima at the time of the disaster and subsequent reconstruction
(Mr. Kyuichiro Sato, President of Matsushima Tourist Association)
• Ichinokura Co.,Ltd.
• OIGEN Chuzo Co.,Ltd
• Chuson-ji Temple
Through the presentation by Director-General Naoyoshi Yamada of the Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, the courtesy visit to Miyagi Prefecture Vice-Governor Masahiro Wako, the lecture by President Kyuichiro Sato of the Matsushima Tourist Association, and other activities, the participants had opportunities to deepen understanding on actual state of reconstruction in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, plans to regenerate the industrial infrastructure, and various related matters. In the company visits, the participants not only observed corporate activities but also learned how companies took initiativesin providing necessities for victims in the stricken areas. In Matsushima and at Chusonji temple in Hiraizumi, the delegation observed that the conditions for welcoming tourists has already been established following the disaster. Some participants commented that although there were many domestic tourists, maybe because of damaging rumor, there seemed to be few visitors from overseas, prompting the necessity to promote an international awareness.
International Exchange Dept.