JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme Environment Group, November 2011

Photo of JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme participants

The Japan Foundation has conducted the "East Asia Future Leaders Programme" under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme from 2007 to 2012.

It is a short-term exchange scheme which specifically targets young intellectuals and practitioners of particular activities aged up to 35 years in East Asia. Each program focuses on a specific theme and emphasizes a series of discussions on thematic issues common to the region, and interaction with Japanese experts and citizens with specific backgrounds.

Promising youths from the relevant fields with the related expertise expected to become the leaders of the next generation visit Tokyo and other localities, sharing every moment of study tour program together and nurturing a bond among the members. The program aims at developing mutual understanding and building networks among the 16 participating countries including Japan, a host country.

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Environment Group: Environment and Community Revitalization

25 youths from the 15 countries were invited to Japan and 27 including 2 of Japan participated in the program. Those who actively involved with environmental preservation, environmental education, revitalization of local communities, and community development in the fields of NGOs, academia and educations, public administrations, and media spent 12 days together and fostered solidarity.
The young leaders of each country visited Minamata city in Kumamoto prefecture, as an example of environmental revitalization and community development, and exchanged their views with the counterparts in Japan.

Program Period

November 19 to November 30, 2011

List of Participants

Country Name Institution
Brunei CHIN, Albert Kuan Jian The Brunei Times
Brunei BESAR, Mohd Hairul Azrin Haji University Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia NEY, Chanthy Ministry of Environment
Cambodia LY, Sophorn Ministry of Environment
Indonesia DAMAYANA, Gita Putri Indonesian Center for Law and Legal Studies
Indonesia FRASETIANDY, Dwitho WALHI South Kalimantan - Friends of the Earth Indonesia
Laos PHENGMANY, Aloun Water Resource and Environment Office, Champasak Province
Laos THANOUSONE, Sengphet National University of Laos
Malaysia RADZUAN, Norazlina Hidawaty Binti Mohd Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Malaysia IBRAHIM, Zaimastura Binti Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Myanmar KHINE, Nyein Nyein Ministry of Forestry
Myanmar WAI, Tin Maung Ministry of Social Welfare
Philippines BERCASIO, Daniel Requejo Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation, Inc.
Philippines UMNGAN, Abdul-Jalil Salic Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Singapore ANG, Suet Geok Grace Singapore Environment Council
Singapore NGEOW, Yin Teen Singapore Environment Council
Thailand KANPARIT, Sujane Sarakadee Magazine
Thailand JANCHIDFA, Kannika Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University
Vietnam NGUYEN, Thi Hieu Center for Waste Resources Conservation and Development
Vietnam TRAN, Thi Phan WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature)
India KAUR, Gurjeet Pondicherry University
Australia HRYCZYSZYN, Kate Lauren The University of Queensland
New Zealand DAVIS, Meredith Frances Ministry for the Environment
China WANG, Jingjing The Institute of Public and Environmenal Affairs
Korea KIM, Jin-Ju Seodaemun-gu City Office
Japan KOSAKA, Maho Shiga Prefectural Government
Japan SHIMOZATO, Yumiko Universtiy of Sacred Heart


Date Program
Nov. 19 (Sat) Arrival at Tokyo from Respective Home Countries
Nov. 20 (Sun) Program Orientation
Participants’ Presentation
Informal Welcome Dinner
Nov. 21 (Mon) Keynote Lecture by Program Advisor
Briefing on Field Visit to Minamata
Leave Tokyo for Minamata
Nov. 22 (Tue) Soshisha Minamata Disease History Museum
Lecture: Mr. Masami Ogata, Storyteller of Minamata Disease Municipal Museum
Minamata Soap Works (Eco-Net Minamata)
Nov. 23 (Wed) Minamata tour (Chisso Corporation, Hyakken Drainage Outlet, Landfill Park, Modo Fishing Village)
Minamata Disease Municipal Museum
Lecture: Mr. Masazumi Yoshii, Former Mayor of Minamata city
Lecture “Jimotogaku”: Mr. Tetsuro Yoshimoto, Jimotogaku Network
Nov. 24 (Thu) Jimotogaku Field Work
Group Presentation
Dinner Party
Nov. 25 (Fri) Lecture: Mr. Yoichi Tani, Solidarity Network Asia and Minamata
Ms. Shinobu Sakamoto, Patient of Congenital Minamata disease
Wrap-Up session of Mianamata Program
Leave Minamata for Amakusa
Culture Experience: Japanese Style-Hotel
Nov. 26 (Sat) Leave Amakusa for Kumamoto
Kumamoto visit (Kumamoto Castle and Japanese Garden Suizenji)
Leave Kumamoto for Tokyo
Nov. 27 (Sun) Group Discussion
Individual Site Visit
Nov. 28 (Mon) Group Presentation
Final Wrap-Up
Farewell Reception
Nov. 29 (Tue) Culture Experience: Saitama Togyoku Doll Museum, Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Kawagoe Kitain Temple, Kawagoe Traditional Merchant Houses
Nov. 30 (Wed) Departure from Tokyo to Respective Home Countries


『Environment & Community Revitalization』

The report book includes the overview of the study tour, keynote lecture of the program advisor Dr.Yoshiyuki Nagata, and post-program reports of the participants.

  • Published by: The Japan Foundation
  • Date: March 2012
  • ISBN: 978-4-87540-148-3
  • A4 format, English (Partially Japanese), Not for Sale
JENESYS Programme
  • *This is a part of JENESYS (Japan - East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) Programme.
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