Tokuron-1/IPADS Development Studies(2024)

(Department of Global Agricultural Sciences/Laboratory of International Agro-informatics)

Date 16:50-18:35 on April 26, 2024

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Agricultural Engineering -Production system, Infrastructure, Irrigation- (2024.4.26) 
Made in Fukushima

Write one thing you found it most important in the April 26 lecture.

  1. The Japanese government didn’t lead the dam project due to the unique situation post war. Nowadays there would be more considerations in place such as environmental impacts. In the past Japan’s concern was recovering from the war. The government would certainly be involved if this dam was built today.
  2. Integrated knowledges and experiences are required to perform such a big project like Aichi Canal Project. It is important for our own research in intersectional approach to resolve complicated problems.
  3. I learned the importance of local farmer's desires. Both for Aichi Canal construction and Agriculture Revival in Idate, because those who understand local needs and emergencies are local farmers, we must work with them to understand and realize their desires.
  4. Cooperation from local residents is necessary to enrich the land.
  5. Going to visit in real fields has significant meanings for deepening the research, only theoretical approach is not enough
  6. How important it is to conduct national project. I would like to be a person I saw on the video in the future.
  7. The passion to realize the dream which many people think it difficult.
  8. The point that we should observe and make our decision based on what we actually see emphasized by Mizoguchi-sensei. Especially on the issue of Fukushima and Iitate. I believe it is really important to directly see how Fukushima is like and look at the actual data before we make any assumption on the region.
  9. 農業だけでなく、工業にも水は大切であり、13年で1000km以上の運河を作ることができるほどの熱意が生まれるのだということ。
  10. One lesson I learnt from today's lecture was that there is always a gap between theory and practice. When trying to explore that gap, one needs to have sufficient knowledge in theoretical problems and enough experience (whether it is field training or laboratory work or interview, etc.). Then, through constant brainstorming and discussions, new ideas or new approaches will emerge, which will eventually help develop the research further. We just need to keep trying, keep moving on and enjoy that process.
  11. Mapping. It makes representation of data easier
  12. No matter how perfectly scientists construct a theory of safety, it is very difficult to make the public understand and put that theory into practice.
  13. In the 1st lecture today, I learned water is a major factor in the development of a region, as the Aichi water supply was a good example. This is not only because these elements are essential for industry and agriculture, but also because they create people's livelihoods. The construction of canals in Aichi Prefecture not only created means of livelihood such as agriculture, but also created reasons for people to live there. At the same time, however, it has proved very difficult to improve areas where there are problems with water sources. There are many problems before the actual development, such as application projects, consensus-building, fund-raising and other advance preparations, and I thought that it is not a simple matter to carry out such a project. I also learnt the importance of perseverance in facing problems patiently and acting towards solutions without giving up.
  14. Firstly, I got a general idea of what agricultural engineering is, and a chance to know the example of Aichi canal. I was impressed by the spirit and hard-work of the farmers and workers in that time, and I learned how difficult it is to build a canal. Also, I like the part about Fukushima. Many people have been engaging in Fukushima reborn, and the effectiveness can be seen, which is really inspiring.
  15. I learnt that for developmental projects to succeed it is very important for the project leaders and beneficiaries to work together in a transdisciplinary way
  16. From the movie we watched in class regarding the Aichi Canal Project, I learned that after a great idea about something, resilience, hard work, dedication, collaborative efforts are most important for that idea to be achieved.
  17. I was impressed especially by how the Aichi Canal Project started as a local project of small village but turned into a huge project that so many people involved in the end. I learned that although it may seem impossible at first, with the cooperation of many people from different speciality, anything can be achieved. When working on a research or a project, I think it is important not to give up and ask for a help from people around us.
  18. The Aichi Canal Project is one thing curcial I learned in this class. Before its implementation, farmers faced frequent droughts, relying solely on unpredictable rainfall and ponds due to the absence of the perennial rivers. The significance of this project is highlighted by Nagoya's location on a plain, which is conducive to agricultural development. Moreover, water plays a critical role in promoting industrial growth, as evidenced by Nagoya's renowned assocaition with TOYOTA.

Write questions if you have

  1. Were there conflicts over the dam development, in terms of giving up land? How effective is the clay method in removing radiation, does it always work?
  2. Will you go Idate Village this year? If there is an opportunity, we'd like to participate in it to know the current land situation.
  3. Is there any recommended place to visit if we want to go to Fukushima or Iitate by ourselves?
  4. Thank you very much for an interesting lecture sensei!
  5. none at this time
  6. no

Special lecture for field tour

  1. Resilience Agricultural Sciences Starting from Fukushima
  2. Proposed Fukushima topics

Mizo lab
Department of Global Agricultural Sciences
Graduate School of Agricultural Life Sciences
Univ. of Tokyo

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