Environmental Policy & Practice atThe University of Tsukuba-JDS Program




1. Activities (2010- )

Month/ Year  Places (Prefecture, etc.)  Activities 
2024/02/26 Saitama & Tochigi

The participants visited the Metropolitan Area Outer Discharge Channel, which is designed to reduce flood disasters in the upstream areas from the Edo River to the Tone River. They collected information and exchanged views about its functions, effectiveness and costs about this world’s largest underground flood management facility. They also visited Watase Artificial Wetland, a Ramsar site, to gather information and exchange views about flood control, water supply, history of copper poisoning incident, wetland ecosystem and the role of annual controlled burning practices.
2024/02/19-02/22 Taiwan

The filed study promoted international exchanges for r different disciplines, especially integrated solid waste management, material science, technology innovation for small island economy, and ways to meet sustainable development goals through the collaboration of industry, educational institutions, and local community members. Participants learned from different green technology institutes at Feng Chai University especially related to bioplastics and GIS. They also learned about international platform for biotechnology professionals to share technologies and research achievements through collaboration to develop relevant technologies in the bioenergy sector.
2024/01/31 Tokyo

The participants visited areas in and around Tokyo to learn about flood and disaster preparedness and exchange views. In Tokyo, the participants gathered information about super levees along the Sumida River and the disaster prevention measures. Shioiri Park is located on the super levee that is designed for the evacuation site with emergency camp sites. They also visited Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park in Tokyo Bay to experience disaster measures within 72 hours. Regarding private sector disaster management measure, they observed newly established Azabudai Hills.
2023/12/02, 12/8 TSUKUBA,
Research Institute

Tsukuba and received on-site explanations from Dr. Tanaka, an expert on the impact of climate change on beech forests in the area (2 Dec). At the National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILIM), the participants received training on sediment disasters and their countermeasures from Dr. Yamakoshi Director of the Erosion Control Research Office, and toured the experimental facilities. ibid. (8 Dec.). This enabled us to comprehensively enhance our knowledge on climate change issues from three perspectives: forecasting, natural effects (ecosystems) and social effects (disasters).
2023/09/11-09/19 Netherlands and Germany

JDS students visited the cities of Amsterdam and The Hague to discuss the problems posed by climate change, flooding and other disasters to urban functions. They gathered information from discussions with city officials on how to restore canals while preserving their own traditional canal landscapes and on the latest methods of waste disposal in canals. They also visited disaster prevention facilities to protect economic facilities on major rivers from flooding and sea level rise and learnt more about unique technologies. At the same time, information was collected on how to deal with groundwater chlorination. In Delft, they were informed about a sustainable innovation project at the University of Technology called Green Village, which is created from community-industry partnerships, and the development of a geothermal power plant on campus. In addition, they attended a lecture and exchanged views with a representative at the office of the water board, the Netherlands' own water resources management organisation since the Middle Ages. In Rotterdam, information was collected on traditional Dutch water measures. They also visited a floating office and a community project on urban greening and collected information on urban planning while observing the redevelopment of water landscapes. In addition, they visited recycling case studies to hear local opinions. At the Rhine River Commission in Koblenz, researchers from the organisation provided detailed information on the transboundary management system for the entire Rhine River. In Düsseldorf, they visited one of the largest urban greening projects in Germany and saw how trees in huge buildings are managed. Overall, the JDS students gained information on Dutch and German cutting-edge attempts in water management and climate change and urban and rural development, and were able to compare them with examples from their own countries and seek solutions to their own problems.
2023/09/13-09/15 Osaki Town (Kagoshima)

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The participants visited Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, to learn about thorough resource recycling and circular society (i.e., the Osaki System), which Osaki has progressed through close collaboration among the municipal government, residents, and private companies under their original concept of Circular Village. During the field trip, they visited the final disposal site, organic and non-organic waste recycling facilities, local community waste collection, shochu (distilled spirit) factory, and eel farm. We also had special lectures by local experts from Osaki Town Office and Osaki SDGs Promotion Council. On the last day, the participants presented the characteristics of the Osaki System and the applicability of the system to their home countries. They discussed this with the local experts.
2023/09/10-09/12 Miyagi and Iwate

Participants visited ruins and museums related to the Great East Japan Earthquake in Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures, where they learned about the actual impact of earthquakes and tsunami disasters. They observed the distinctive geographical features of the Tohoku region's Pacific coastal area, which contribute to the expansion of tsunami damage in coastal areas. They also visited Tohoku University and attended a special lecture on the role of the ocean in disasters and abnormal weather.
Participants engaged in discussions and exchanged opinions on disaster prevention challenges in various countries around the world.
2023/02/11-02/18 Kansai (Kyoto・Osaka・Kobe)

From February 11 to 18, 2023, the participants attended lectures by three researchers from Kyoto University and Kobe University, and learned academic and practical knowledge on water environment management, wastewater/waste treatment and resource recovery and biomass energy production, organic and smart agriculture through visits to Lake Biwa Museum, Yagi Bioecology Center, Wazuka Town, Kyoto University Graduate School of Agriculture Farm, Lake Biwa/Yodo River Water Quality Conservation Organization, Kobe City Higashinada Treatment Plant and Yuge Farm. Through visits to the Kyoto Graduate School of Agriculture farm, the Lake Biwa-Yodo Water Quality Conservation Organization, the Kobe Higashinada Treatment Plant, and the Yumigake Farm, participants acquired academic and practical knowledge about water environment management, wastewater/waste treatment/resource recovery and biomass energy production, organic farming and smart farming. Finally, through group work and presentations, students gained a deeper understanding of sustainable water environment management, agriculture, and environmental conservation.
2023/01/31-02/03 Amamiohsima (Kagoshima)

The JDS students visited Amami Oshima Island, which will be registered as a World Heritage site in 2021, to gather information and exchange views on the conflict between biodiversity conservation and regional development, the ideal form of ecotourism, future utilization of World Heritage natural resources, and disaster prevention measures in the region. The JDS students first learned about endangered and invasive species on Amami Oshima from local experts. Based on this, they participated in ecotourism through a certification program for guides. At the same time, they learned how to sustain the nature conservation required by the World Heritage registration from the construction administration-oriented economy that has continued for many years since the end of World War II. Furthermore, they gained the ability to analyze how disaster prevention measures due to global warming and typhoons are related to the sustainability of the local economy and environment.
2023/01/25 Kasaikaihin park・Tokyominatorie・Asakusa・Shioiri park (Tokyo)

In this activity, the group visited a Ramsar site in Tokyo to observe species conservation and public access. They also visited a museum to obtain an overall picture of the history of Tokyo's bayfront development and disaster prevention. Furthermore, to learn about the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's disaster prevention activities in the Sumida River basin, they visited super levees, bridges, and disaster prevention equipment to gather information and exchange views on countermeasures against urban disasters. This enabled the JDS students to examine the future of disaster prevention measures in their own countries by comparing them with examples from their own countries.
2022/12/07-12/09 Kitakyusyu (Hukuoka)

During this field study, we visited Kitakyushu Eco-Town and learned about the importance of cooperation between industry, government, and the city. Here, the students learned about recycling technologies for plastic bottles and e-waste. They also learned about wind and solar power generation systems in the Eco-Town complex. They also visited Yamaguchi Dairy's biogas plant, which produces biogas from by-products and waste from the dairy industry and uses it as an energy source for the industry. Finally, the students visited an incineration and resource recovery facility in Shimonoseki City. The students were able to understand the importance of having a life cycle thinking about resource management.
2022/12/06 Metropolitan Area Outer Discharge Channel (Saitama) and Watarase Wetland (Tochigi)

The participants visited the Metropolitan Area Outer Discharge Channel in Saitama Prefecture and Watarase Wetland in border areas of Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma, and Saitama prefectures. This training focused on flood control and wetland management in the Kanto region. At the Outer Discharge Channel, the JDS students visited the world's largest underground flood control facility, which is designed to reduce rising water levels in four surrounding rivers. Guided tour gave them detailed information about this facility and its functions. This allowed the JDS students to gather information and exchange opinions on the possibility of organized infrastructure development. At Watarase Wetland, the students learned about the reservoir's role in controlling flooding of the Watarase River, which flows around Furukawa City, to improve water quality, provide water for agriculture and domestic use, and conserve wetlands and birds under the Ramsar Convention. They also gathered information on the damage caused by the 2019 typhoon. In addition, the site's former Yanaka Village was the site of eviction during the Ashio Mine Poisoning Incident at the beginning of the 20th century, allowing the group to gather information and exchange views on the pollution movement in Japan.
2022/11/22 Yokota farm (Ibaraki)

The training on food and agriculture was conducted at Yokota Farm. This smallholder business has cultivated rice in Ibaraki Prefecture for several hundred years. After being incorporated as business entity about ten years ago, Yokota Farm has received Emperor's Award and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Award for its good example in small-scale farming businesses. JDS Fellows visited the farm and collected information from Mr Yokota and his wife on farm management, value chain, food education, measures for abandoned land, and agricultural tourism. They were also able to gather information and exchange opinions on methods of preserving and sorting harvested rice, mechanization, and cost reduction.
2022/09/14-09/16 Osaki Town (Kagoshima)

The participants visited Osaki Town in Kagoshima Prefecture to learn about the formation of a recycle-oriented society. It developed a “Osaki System,” in which general waste materials are thoroughly separated, sorted and recycled. The tour included lectures and discussions by Osaki Town environmental officials (including a JICA-supported project for horizontal deployment in Indonesia) and tours of various facilities (final disposal landfill, recycling facility, general waste incineration facility, and resource waste base collection). The participants also learned about town’s policies to promote youth immigration as part of regional revitalization and regional exchange through recycling. On the final day, the participants made presentations on the challenges and strengths of promoting resource recycling in their home countries under the theme of the applicability of the Osaki system to their home countries, and received advice from Osaki Town officials.
2022/09/06-09/08 Ryukyu University (Okinawa)

The Participants listened to lectures on tropical storms and meteorology by two researchers from Ryukyu University. They visited the Fujukan Museum on the Ryukyu University campus and learned about the relationship between natural disasters and ecosystems. They acquired information about the industry and tourism in the Okinawa Islands through a tour of Shurijo Castle. Based on what they learned, they engaged in group work and deepened their understanding of sustainable development and environmental conservation through presentations and discussions.
2022/08/28-08/31 Kushiro (Hokkaido)

The participants visited the Kushiro Wetland area in Hokkaido to deepen their understanding about marshland ecosystem services, conservation of red-crowned cranes (a national protected species) and rare plants and animals, ecosystem conservation measures through the Old River Restoration Project, and eco-tourism promotion by visiting facilities (Akan International Crane Center, Wildlife Conservation Center, and Kushiro Construction Department of MLIT) and relevant areas. On the last day, the participants presented about the conservation of the Kushiro Marsh ecosystem and lessons learned for environmental conservation, disaster prevention, and industrial promotion in comparison to their home countries. They received advice on their presentations from experts.
November/2019 Kita-Kyushu/Yamaguchi
This domestic field trip gave our students the opportunity to grasp the latest technological innovations in material recycling and energy recovery efforts in Japan. In Kitakyushu Eco-Town students learned about the integrated recycling complex in the Eco-Town Center and then had the practical visits to the PET bottles and cans recycling facilities. In Yamaguchi Kenraku milk factory the students learned about the fermentation of its organic wastes and by products to produce biogas that is subsequently used to produce steam. The steam is then used as energy input into the milk industry. We also visited Shimonoseki incineration facility and material recovery facility where students strengthened their knowledge about integrated waste management. Finally in Sanyo recycling facility the students could learn about the recycling of fish residue.
September/2019 The Netherlands/Germany
This field trip aimed to enhance JDS Fellows’ knowledge and insights about agricultural practices, disaster management, and water governance in the Netherlands and Germany. In Amsterdam, the Fellows observed water canals that are important part of city planning and economic development. In Haarlem, the Curuquius museum showed the historic water drainage practices. In Delft, the Fellows observed water drainage practices and dairy farms in polders. They also had seminars with graduate students at the Delft University of Technology. The Fellows then visited the unique storm surge barrier called Maeslantkering at the mouth of the Rhine River (picture) to understand the Delta Work of the Netherlands and the importance of flood protection for the economy. The Fellows then visited Rotterdam to observe the environmental restoration of former development sites and floating forests. They presented about their research topics at the Rotterdam University of Science and Technology and interacted with undergraduate students there. In Germany, the Fellows had a seminar and a short tour about flood management and water governance at the Rhine and the Rhine Commission in Koblenz. Then they went downstream to Cologne for more flood protection practices.
August/2019 Kushiro(Hokkaido)
Participants visited the Kushiro Wetland National Park area, Hokkaido, the first and largest Ramsar site in Japan, to learn sustainable management of the wetland through wise use of natural resources and ecosystem services in tourism, fisheries and so on. Guided by Mr. Hisashi Shinsho, Chair of Kushiro International Wetland Centre Technical Committee, the participants experienced an adventurous wetland walk, trail walk and river canoeing to learn the unique ecosystems including groundwater flow and the meandering river restoration project in Kushiro Wetland. They also learned about local efforts to wise-use natural resources through discussion with Mr. Takeshi Tosa who is a local fisherman, ecotourism operator and devoted conservation practitioner, conservation research and practice of red crown cranes at Akan International Crane Center and rehabilitation and conservation activities for the local endangered raptor species at Institute for Raptor Biomedicine Japan.
August/2019 Okinawa
Students visited University of the Ryukyus and attended lectures on tropical cyclone observations, forecast, and disaster prevention.
Students also had a short campus tour including a meteorological radar system and university museum. On the following day, the students visited Shurijo Castle Park to learn historical background on the Ryukyus with cultural communications with China and surrounding countries.
June/2019 China
This international internship guided the students to study the practices of lake water quality management in Yunnan Province, China. Through this internship, the participants got the first-hand information about the tremendous changes in urban and rural areas in China, especially in Yunnan Province. Being supported by Yunnan University, the students firstly participated in the joint seminar entitled “Pollution Control in Rural Area and Innovative Application of Biomass Energy”. Five students presented their research works and well communicated with Chinese professors and students. During the following days, they visited three lakes at different pollution levels including Fuxian Lake, Xingyun Lake and Yilong Lake, and experienced the changes of the local environment and living conditions of the local people. They also surveyed one village-scale wastewater treatment plant and two national wetland parks where different types of technologies are combined to serve for protecting lake water quality. In addition, the participants paid visits to four historic places such as 17-Hole Bridge and Tuanshan Historic Village, widening their knowledge and understanding of the balance between economic development and environmental protection. This internship not only provided a good chance for the participants to understand the environment and sustainable development, but also help them to seek efficient solutions for lake pollution issues.
January/2019 Kushiro(Hokkaido)
With sustainable management of Kushiro Wetland as a core topic, students learned about conservation and utilization of natural resources for economy and tourism, river restoration, and endangered wildlife conservation in the Kushiro Wetland area through site visits, lectures and discussion by local experts.
December/2018 Kita-Kyushu/Yamaguchi
Students visited Eco Town Center in Kita-Kyushu City and received an overview of the Eco Town project including all the recycling initiatives. The main goal of Eco-towns in Japan is to design a recycling-oriented society where wastes in one sector can be used as raw materials in other industrial sectors. After the Eco Town visit, the students visited a biomass facility in Arao city. On the following day, the students visited facilities to make effective use of biogas and methane gas and received explanation about the relationship between region and industry in waste recycling.
November/2018 Malaysia
Students participated in the 10th Better Air Quality Conference 2018 (International Conference on Air Quality Improvement) in Kuching, Malaysia. Students learned about the current state of atmospheric environmental problems in developing countries, mainly in the Asian region, and the concepts and efforts concerning air quality management technology and policies. In addition to gaining knowledge listening to lectures and presentations by experts, the students nurtured their problem recognition ability and international communication ability through communicating with the participants at the conference sessions.
September/2018 Okinawa
This field trip is designed to examine the challenges and possibilities of developments in Okinawa. This area has been one of the most popular tourism destinations in Japan with rich cultural, environmental, and historical heritages. FOCUS: (1) the conservation of local ecology and marine ecology; (2) a historical study about the establishment of Ryukyu culture and impact of World War II on the local environment and economy; (3) historical roots of Japanese-Okinawan relations; and (4) possibilities of future tourism in remote areas
July/2018 Liverpool(UK)
Visit Liverpool, UK, learn about Mercy River campaign, the pioneering environmental symbiosis city policy in the world. Students learned about water management policy and urban development centering on rivers and considered policy application to their country while comparing their case.
May/2018 China This international internship to China consisted of three parts. (1) Beijing internship: Field trip to Xiaojiahe Wastewater Treatment Plant (Beijing) and the China-Japan Joint Seminar on Water Environment Technology in Tsinghua University. (2) Tianjin internship: Field trip to the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city and the Symposium on Technological Innovations in Environmental Control and Resources Recovery & Utilization in Nankai University, Tianjin. The two field trips are related with environmental issues and applicable technologies in China, through which the students can know how people are trying their best to make their surroundings more beautiful and sustainable. During the seminars, the students had good chance to communicate with the young generation of scientists and specialists who are contributing themselves to environmental protection and sustainable development in China. (3) 2018 International Students Conference on Environment and Sustainability (ISCES) hosted by the UNEP and Tongji University. The students were offered great opportunities to exchange ideas on the environment and sustainability regarding plastic wastes with fellow students from more than 30 countries. The students also actively participated in the intensive lectures, group discussions, field trips to rural and urban areas, and poster competitions.
February/2018 Kushiro (Hokkaido)
On the theme of sustainable natural resource utilization, students learned about natural revitalization, tourism use of Kushiro Wetland, rare wildlife conservation in Kushiro Marsh, historical cultural background of nature management, and hotel management using waste heat and agriculture among other topics.
February/2018 Mito (Ibaraki)
A tour of Lake Senba in Mito city. Mito city is focusing on the conservation of the historical landscape and is also working on the lake environment of Lake Senba, which was originally used as agricultural water. In addition students had explanation about the city's efforts and water purification facilities that do not impair the historical landscape.
February/2018 Okinawa
JDS students learned the influence of overuse and climate change on coral reefs, the cultural formation of urban landscape in Okinawa, and the relationship about agriculture and regional promotion. With the cooperation of the University of the Ryukyus, we had the opportunity to attend lectures of researchers at the university and learned the latest research results.
February/2018 Tsukuba (Ibaraki) Students visited the Center for Genetic Resources, Gene Databank and Agricultural Environment Change Research Center in the Agricultural Research Organization, and learned the latest knowledge on genetic resource recording, preservation technology and soil carbon storage research through lectures and facilities tours.
January/2018 Tokyo This year JDS students together with 6 professors joined this domestic trip which mainly consisted two activities: (1)visiting to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation; and (2)surverying the Tokyo bay, especially Odaiba, Hinode, and Asakusa areas. All the participants experienced the advancement of technologies for environmental managemnet in Japan, especially on surface water systems and waste disposal, which is beneficial for the students to obtain the real ideas of betterment of the environment.
December/2017 Kita-Kyushu/Yamaguchi This trip gave students to learn about the importance of industry-government-city collaboration regarding environmental management. In the visit to Kitakyushu Eco Town we learned about the technologies to recycle PET bottles and Al and Steel cans. We also visited Yumoto biomass boiler that supplies hot water to a hotel by using only wood chips as fuel. We had the opportunity to visit Yamaguchi Dairy industry biogas plant. This plant uses the byproducts and wastes from the dairy industry combined with sludge form the local wastewater treatment plant and produces biogas that is used as a source of energy in the dairy industry. Finally we visited a food waste recycling plant u\in Ube city. The plant uses the food wastes from super markets, convenience stores, hotels, etc to produce animal feed. From these field studies students understood the importance of having a life cycle thinking regarding resource management.
July/2017 Liverpool(UK) Mercy River campaign is a pioneering environmental symbiosis in the world. Under the guidance of Professor Peter Batey of Liverpool University, who was the chairperson of this campaign, JDS students were able to gain knowledge about the urban development centering on rivers, water pollution policy and participation process of citizens.
March/2017 Ibaraki JDS Fellows and SUSTEP students visited Shimizu Farm and learn about small/medium sized farm management, soil production, and larger agricultural concepts from Mr Shimizu.
January/2017 Okinawa JDS Fellows and SUSTEP students learned about desalination technologies, wetland conservation, coastal development and historical conflicts.
January/2017 Tokyo JDS Fellows and SUSTEP students visited the water supply museum in Tokyo. They also observed super levee development areas along the Sumida River to better understand Tokyo's water management policies and disaster management.
January/2017 Kushiro (Hokkaido)
The purpose of the trip was to learn about the lifestyle, industrial activities, biodiversity protection, waste management, and eco-tourism initiatives in Hokkaido, one of coldest area in Japan. In Betsukai town, the study focused on business entities working with dairy farming and biomass utilization. In Kushiro city, our fellows visited Lake Touro, Kushiro wetland and some other sites related to eco-tourism. Through this trip, the students learned about the interlinkages between socio-economic activities and the environment in a cold area.
December/2016 Tokyo
JDS Fellows and SUSTEP students visited the solid waste treatment system in Tokyo at the Central Breakwater Intermediate and Final disposal facilities and sites. They learned about recycling technologies and future waste management problems in Tokyo.
October/2016 Koga (Ibaraki) JDS Fellows visited "First Eco Park" and "Dream Factory" of the Sekisui House Corporation in Koga City. This visit was to understand the effort of private companies to build ecologically friendly houses. Fellows learned about newest technologies for "Zero Emission Houses" with the combined use of the newest solar panel system and gas-energy production. They also observed the technologies for disaster adaptation such as the automatic emergency energy supply and rain water collection. The Sekisui House Corporation also has a recycling factory here to collect 100% of its building wastes to be recycled. Through this visit, the Fellows could develop the idea about up-dated technologies for house building that can be useful in developing countries.
September/2016 Sugadaira (Nagano)
JDS Fellows in the first year and the second year joined this three-day trip to the Sugadaira area in Nagano Prefecture to mainly study about "Satoyama" practices. On the first day, they observed agricultural area of Obuse, where chestnuts and canola oils have been produced. They also observed old Japanese houses here. At night, they received a short lecture on vegetation in the Sugadaira area. On the second day, the Fellows conducted vegetation survey in the Sugadaira area through trekking and discussed about the maintenance of the alpine ecosystem, including the function of high-altitude wetlands. On the third day, the Fellows received lecture and conducted fieldwork about the impact of the increasing deer population on the mountain ecosystem. They also observed tourism and resort expansion in Karuizawa.
The Netherlands
The Fellows participated in the joint seminar between the University of Tsukuba and the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. On the first day, the Fellows spent a few hours to discover the roles of the intricate canal system in Amsterdam historically. On the second day, they moved to the town of Delft and had a tour from a Delft University of Technology professor about how waterways played important roles in the development of this city. On the following day, the Fellows participated in in-class seminar and listened to lectures by Delft University of Technology professors and doctoral students about disaster prevention, green development of cities, and water management. In the afternoon, the Fellows made presentations about environmental issues in their countries and exchanged ideas with researchers at Delft. On the fourth day, a representative in urban planning from the Rotterdam government came to present Rotterdam's urban planning and disaster prevention efforts. In the afternoon, the Fellows were guided by this person to the Rotterdam area and observed on-going redevelopment plans in the city. On the fifth day, the Fellows visited and had a lecture at Maeslantkeringweb, the large storm surge barrier. They collected information about the Netherlands Delft Work and technologies to save ports from storms and floods. Afterward, the Fellows visited one of the largest intensive agricultural complexes in Europe called "Westland." Here the Fellows learned about green house agriculture and traditional water routes to transport agricultural goods. The Fellows overall learned about disaster management, water management, urban/regional planning, and agricultural efficiency. They chose one topic and wrote a report by comparing issues in their own countries.
June/2016 Ashio (Tochigi) JDS Fellows visited the Ashio valley, the former copper mining site. Here they learned about the impact of copper mining on the valley environment, especially at the former neighborhood of Matsuki. They also observed some remnants of advanced industrial developments in the town, including the Japan's first hydroelectric dam site, iron bridges, and mine technologies. From a guide who grew up in Ashio, the Fellows learned about social life of Ashio in the mid-twentieth century. Another important aspect of this trip was to observe the forest restoration efforts in the Valley by volunteers. The Fellows could learn how once devastated valley became covered with green areas and brought back some wildlife such as bears, deer, and monkeys. The Fellows wrote their reports on the history of Ashio in comparison with issues in their own countries.
April/2016 Ibaraki
JDS Fellows visited Shimizu Farm, one of leading organic farms in Japan, to learn about soil production, breeding, small-scale farm management, and the marketing of farm products. Mr Kiyoshi Shimizu, the owner of the Farm and the executive director of nation-wide agricultural organization called the BM Technology Association, showed how he came up with ideas of making Carbon rich soil and weed control technologies as well as his BM formula (treated and enriched wastewater), as organic fertilizer. The Fellows also met various business partners in Ibaraki Prefecture. Mr Shimizu and these partners have engaged in the lake ecosystem restoration project with their own funding. This project is based on a premise that farming and ecosystem restoration should be interdependent activities; and farmers must have more comprehensive visions in taking advantage of regional ecological characteristics for farming.
January/2016 Okinawa
JDS fellows joined the field trip to the main Okinawa Island and engaged in hands-on sugarcane harvesting activity and brown sugar making. They also learned about the Karst environment and marine ecosystems in connection to distinctive Okinawan culture and history. On the final day, they visited the Ramsar site and observed the expansive wetlands in urban areas. An expert on Okinawan traditional language and culture, Shisei Toma, was invited to give lecture about history and culture of Ryukyu people. The Fellows also visited some politically controversial environmental problems in Okinawa such as the Futenma Replacement Facility plan at Henoko Bay.
December/2015 Tokyo
In the morning, in collaboration with Tokyo’s Bureau of Environment, JDS Fellows received lecture about waste management of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. They received information about garbage collection, processing, and final disposal processes. The Fellows then visited garbage processing facilities and final disposal site called the Central Breakwater Outer Landfill Site. They learned about the future plans of waste disposal and various ways to maintain solid waste safe from environmental contamination. In the afternoon, the Fellows took a water taxi and observed Tokyo’s “super levy” project and other river management areas in the Sumida River.
October/2015 Tokyo
JDS Fellows had small seminars about eco-town projects in Tokyo at the Metropolitan government building. They acquired knowledge about waste management and urban planning for eco-cities. The Fellows also visited the office of the Japan International Cooperation Center and exchange ideas about the future outlook of JDS alumni associations.
September/2015 Izu/Shimoda (Shizuoka)
This trip attempted to better understand rural development (e.g., community-based tourism) and the marine environment. The Fellows visited the University of Tsukuba's Marine Research Center and observed some of its on-going research projects. They had a small seminar about geoparks. Dogashima cruising allowed them to observe the formation of unique geological features. In Toi, the Fellows learned about the mining operation and tourism development at the former mining site. They also received a lecture about the early contact history in Shimoda between Japanese and Americans at Ryosenji Temple.
September/2015 Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
JDS Fellows and JDS graduates presented their research topics that are related to urban environmental problems in Ulaanbaatar. This seminar was hosted by Ulaanbaatar City. They exchanged ideas about the future cooperation efforts with the city. The Fellows then visited City's waste treatment plant and Ger areas to better analyze the conditions.
July/2015 Hanoi (Vietnam)
This seminar was conducted in collaboration with the Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment (HUNRE) and the Delft University of Technology. The aim was to analyze water problems and find some possible solutions. JDS Fellows acquired knowledge about urgent water problems in Hanoi in two-day seminar. They also spent one day in the field, observing and collecting data about water problems.
June/2015 Ashio (Tochigi)
JDS Fellows visited the former Ashio copper mine site. Former residents and guides showed them to important industrial achievement during the thriving period of mining operations. The Fellows also observed reforestation activities in the Ashio valley. At the Ashio History Museum, they acquired knowledge about the history of mining technology and the emerging environmental activism.
June/2015 Shanghai (China)
This international internship was carefully designed with the combination of an international student conference (2015 International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability) with two additional days' field trip particularly focused on applicable technologies and management systems of waste and wastewater treatment in China. This activity was co-organized by Tongji University (China).The Fellows learned how to use different treatment technologies to cope with different organic solid wastes and wastewaters, making full advantages of these wastes to benefit local people.
March/2015 Kasumigaura (Ibaraki)
This trip introduced JDS Fellows to some major economic activities in the water environment around Kasumigaura Lake, Japan's second largest lake. They observed lotus root harvesting and other wetland crop cultivations. They visited the former water town, in which elaborate canal systems developed, and only boats were used for transportation. Then they observed the recent road and bridge works around the lake.
February/2015 Watarase Yusuichi (Chiba)
As the only Japan's artificial wetland to be protected under the Ramsar Convention, Watarase wetlands functions as flood control, water purification, and water supply reservoir. The area also includes the Yanaka village site, which was forcibly closed due to copper pollution from the Ashio mine in the beginning of the twentieth century. The Fellows learned about both history and current scientific practices here.
January/2015 Meiji Gakuin University
With renowned environmental/disaster law expert from the University of California, Berkeley, JDS Fellows went to Meiji Gakuin University for a seminar. At this seminar they learned about disaster law that pertained to large-scale pollution. The Fellows also exchanged ideas with faculty members at Meiji Gakuin to expand their academic capacity.
December/2014 Tokyo
This trip aimed to acquire knowledge about community-based management in urban settings. The Fellows visited the Fukagawa History Museum, which is one of the successful and earliest attempts in Tokyo by community to protect and promote local culture and history. They also visited the Ainu Cultural Center near Tokyo station, where some Ainu cultural exhibitions helped Fellows better understand the importance of establishing cultural center in urban areas.
September/2014 Nagano
This fieldwork was conducted in the primary forest region of Buna trees in northern Nagano prefecture primarily to understand forest ecology and rural/regional development. Students interacted with local foresters and farmers to understand economic and social issues they face today. Students also participated in one of distinctive local autumn festivals in Iiyama City and learned about Japanese religious culture. They lodged in one of temples, which serves as various social functions, including forest therapy for cancer patients.
August/2014 Hanoi (Vietnam) JDS Fellows and graduates presented their research topics to Vietnamese people, including those who might be interested in the JDS Fellowship. The presentations focused on environmental policies, climate change, and disaster management. The Fellows also visited the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and its Vietnam Environmental Agency and a few agencies to acquire knowledge about urgent environmental issues for Vietnam.
JDS Fellows in Environmental Sciences and those Fellows in Social Sciences and Humanities had a joint field trip to Okinawa. They acquired knowledge about the history and culture of the main island as well as some on-going problems of military base replacement debates in Futenma and Henoko.
July/2014 Kyoto/Nara In Kyoto and Nara JDS Fellows observed various types of Japanese forest management, including "biotope" forests that were established to enhance biodiversity conservation. They also observed historical forest management practices at the end of the sixteenth century. A short seminar was offered to better understand reforestation and the forest's resilience.
February/2014 Hiroshima/Miyajima
This study excursion introduced JDS Fellows to some salient aspects of Japanese culture, history, the urban environment, environmental management, and tourism in Hiroshima city and Miyajima. In Hiroshima, visits at Hiroshima castle, medieval garden, Atomic Bom Dome, Peace Memorial Park/Museum enhanced the understanding of changes in the urban environment, tourism, green/public space before and after World War II. Fellows also had a grasp of the history of the impact of Atomic bomb on the city by looking at museum exhibition and surviving trees as well as the significance of maintaining cultural and historical heritage for public environmental education. In Miyajima, Fellows visited ancient forests and the rare colony of coniferous trees to investigate distinctive vegetation/ecological features in the national park. Also, they visited world heritage site and saw important roles cultural heritage sites play in managing national parks as well as sustaining local businesses, including tourism.
February/2014 Shirakami
The experience of ecotourism in Shirakami is a valuable experience to JDS fellow. They learned World Natural Heritage Site mountains, traditional hunting and natural ecology of winter. We understand the conservation is important for variety natural environment in the world, a unique local culture is present in each region.
December/2013 Tokyo
Visited Tokyo and learned about urban greening.
It was a meaningful experience for JDS fellows for their research to learn about historical context of the land and the social mechanism.
November/2013 Kawauchi(Ibaraki)  Visit the Kawauchi village and learned about after the nuclear accident and subsequent evacuation and the restoration process. In addition,we learned Consideration for vulnerable groups and mutual aid relationship in the region.
October/2013 Hitachi Oomiya (Ibaraki)  Visited Hitachi Omiya and learned that Japan is a mountainous country from its terrain. In addition, we learned a better understanding for mutual aid relationship of the community that are forced to part-time land use and aging problem.
September/2013 Oze (Gunma)

 Observed wetland convervation and identified typical wetland vegetation at Ramsar designated Senjogahara of Nikko and Oze National Park. At Oze National Park, we interviewed local people and collected information about access control to the national park as well as recent trends of tourists.
 July/2013 Bandung (Indonesia)

 Attended the Pacific Conference of the Regional Science Association International in Bandung. The conference helped find out about the latest research on regional science and regional development policies. Students also visited some historical and natural places related to the environmental issues.
February/2013  Shiretoko/ Hokkaido  Observed the state and management of the fishery within the World Heritage site. Students interviewed tourism officials to find out about the above topics. They also collected information about ecology and Ainu culture in the Shiretoko area.
February/2013  Ise-Shima National Park (Mie)  

Visited Ise-Shima National Park to understand how the Park has been conserved by shrines and local peoples despite 90 percent of the park is privately owned. Students collected information about how Japanese religious culture affected the conservation of forest resources. They also visited Pearl Island in Shima, where the world’s first cultivation of pearls became successful. The island became one of important tourism resources in the area, providing environmental education.  
November/2012  Yokohama (Kanagawa)  Students participated in the Eco-balance Conference. They presented their research in progress. 
September/2012  Tokyo (Tokyo) 

Students and one visiting professor from Australia visited the Ainu Cultural Center in Tokyo to find information about the promotion activities of Ainu peoples in the Tokyo area. They also visited the restoration of forests in the Meiji shrine area along with the successful creation of sacred site there with the shrine in the heart of Tokyo City. 
August/2012  1.Ashio
2.Watarase Artificial Wetland
1. Visited the former copper mine sites and factories that caused environmental problems in the valley in the beginning of the twentieth century. This led to the first environmental litigation in Japan. 
2. Visited Watarase Artificial Lake that was designated as one of Ramsar sites in July 2012. Some parts of this area was considerably affected by the toxic run-off from the Ashio mine in upper stream.
July-August/ 2012  Dhaka District (Bangladesh)  Conducted a field survey in rural farming communities to find out about rural women's roles in environmental conservation. Collected information about women's empowerment and participation in environmental education. 
July/2012  Oze Wetland (Gunma)  Students acquired the knowledge about the Ramsar wetland conservation. They observed how the protected area administration engages in waste management from visitors and imposes restriction on the public transportation access. 
July/2012  1.Kasuga Old-growth Forests (Nara)
2.The Higashiyama Mountains (Kyoto) 
1.Visited the old-growth forest at Kasuga and observed how the forest has been kept intact and how temple/ shrine-owned forests have played roles in conservation of the forest. 
2.Observed the spreading problems of dying trees in the Higashiyama Mountains and learned about restoration efforts.
December/2011  Miyakojima (Okinawa)  Visited one of the world’s largest underground dams to learn about water management technologies that are used by the local community. Students carried out a field survey of the structure of the dam. They learned also about the rationale behind its construction and the state of groundwater. 
August/2011  Bangladesh  Conducted a field survey to understand the sustainable forest management in Bangladesh. Interviewed officials in forests and forest administrations and social forestry to find trends in forest land encroachment. Also visited the Forest Department, national parks, and local communities.
Report (August 2011, Bangladesh) 
June/2011  Sapporo, Nibutani, Shiraoi (Hokkaido) 

Visited Ainu cultural centers and national parks to understand the cultural significance of ecosystems in Hokkaido. Students also examined the state of hydroelectric dam in Nibutani, which affected several culturally significant sites and Ainu rights. In Sapporo, they observed one the oldest Ainu embroidery classes in Japan. Report (June 2011, Hokkaido) 
February/2011  Beppu (Oita)  Visited waste water treatment and biomass energy collection facilities to seek for feasible models in establishing recycle-oriented society that may produce food packaging materials and fuels from wastes. Students observed current Japanese recycling technology. Organized in collaboration with the Waste Management Expert Course (G30).  
December/2010  Minamata (Kumamoto)  Visited a Minamata disease research institution to learn about the history of methyl mercury poisoning, which have affected fishermen and women since the 1950. Organized in collaboration with the Environmental Diplomatic Leader (EDL) education program. 
December/2010  Kita Kyushu (Fukuoka)   G30 Waste Management Expert Course arranged for JDS fellows to visit the Kita Kyushu Eco Town and examined technical innovations for recycling home appliances, pet bottles and cans. (Professors Higano and Yabar) 
October/2010 Kesen-numa (Miyagi)  The fieldtrip to Kesen-numa, Miyagi Prefecture, aimed to study participatory reforestation efforts by both fishing and farming communities. (Professor Masuda) 

2. Theses

  • Chakma Kisinger “A Study on Climate Victim Rehabilitation in Bangladesh: Improving Local Capacities for Resettlement Challenges in the Southeast Coast “ (バングラデシュにおける気候被害者の復興に関する研究:南東海岸における移住問題に対する地域の許容力の向上)
  • Aktar Kohinur “Potential Environmental Benefits of Introducing Community-based Biogas Plants from Dairy Farm Waste: Case Study in Sirajganj District, Bangladesh “ (地域社会をベースとした酪農廃棄物バイオガスプラント導入による潜在的な環境便益:バングラデシュ・シラジガンジ地区における事例研究)
  • Aziz Md Shah “Optimizing Recycling Industry in the Waste Sector in Bangladesh: Introducing Integrated Waste Management Approach in Dhaka City “ (バングラデシュの廃棄物セクターにおけるリサイクル産業の最適化:ダッカ市における統合的廃棄物管理の導入)
  • Fuad Md Akter Faruk “Development and Extension of Organic Agricultural Farm Entrepreneurship in Bangladesh “ (バングラデシュにおける有機農業の起業家精神の発展と拡大)
  • Sultana Sharmin “A GIS Approach to Sustainable Livestock and Agricultural Residues Management in Dinajpur District, Bangladesh “ (バングラデシュ・ディナジプールにおける持続可能な家畜・農産物残渣管理のためのGISアプローチ)
  • BILLAL HOSSEN “Assessment of Soil Salinity and Pulse Crop (Green Gram) Suitability through GIS and Remote Sensing in the Coastal Region of Bangladesh“ (バングラデシュの沿岸地域におけるGISとリモートセンシングによる土壌の塩分濃度とパルス作物(グリーングラム)の適性評価)
  • Islam Mohammad Atiqul “Anaerobic Release of Phosphorus and Its Recovery from Aerobic Granular Sludge“ (好気性グラニュール汚泥からリンの嫌気性放出及び回収)
  • Kalam Kaniz Zakia “Current Conditions and Future Prospects of Urban Roof Garden Practices for Dhaka City, Bangladesh“ (バングラディシュのダッカ市における都市ルーフガーデンの実践の現状と将来的展望)
  • KUMAR BIPUL “Impacts Assessment of Buriganga River Restoration Project in Bangladesh Based on System Dynamics and Inclusive Wealth“ (システムダイナミックスと包括的富に基づくバングラデシュ・ブリガンガ川再生プロジェクトの影響評価)
  • Kashfia Nowrin Choudhury “Strategy to Minimize Flood Hazard Impact on Road Network of Bangladesh by Using GIS“ (GIS を使用してバングラデシュの道路網への洪水ハザードの影響を最小限に 抑える戦略)
  • MOHAMMAD MOSLEHUDDIN CHOWDHURY “Impact Assessment of Landslide Risks of Road Network in Hilly Regions of Bangladesh due to Climate Change“ (気候変動によるバングラデシュ丘陵地帯の道路網の地滑りリスクの影響評価)
  • G. M. SALIM “Examining the Impact of Climate Change on the Shrimp Industry in Bangladesh: An Economic Perspective“ (バングラデシュのエビ産業に対する気候変動の影響の検討:経済的視点からの分析)
  • MD TANJIM “A Study on the Mainstreaming of Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan in the Health and Gender Sectors of Bangladesh“ (バングラデシュの保健・女性セクターにおける気候変動戦略 ・ 行動計画の主流化についての研究)
  • Mohammad Haider Kamruzzaman “Controlling Road Vehicle Emissions in Bangladesh: A Quantitative Assessment of Fuel Tax”
  • MAHAL ZINAT “Development of Integrated Approach for Poultry Waste Management in Bangladesh: The Potential Socio-economic and Environmental Benefits of Introducing Geo-spatial Analysis”
  • SAHA Pankaj Kumar “Impact of Intermittent Aeration Strategy on Aerobic Granular Sequencing Batch Reactor for Domestic Wastewater Treatment”
  • Shamima Yasmin “GIS-based Flood Risk Mapping of Bangladesh Highway Network Considering Negative Impacts of Climate Variation: Analysis of Adaptive Measures”
  • Sujay Chowdhury “Climate Change Adaptation Policy Actions in the Coastal Areas of Bangladesh”
  • Al-Imran Ruhul Islam “Analysis of the Biogas Energy Recovery Potential from Agricultural Residues in Rural Bangladesh: Environmental and Socio-Economic Implications”
  • Mohammad Sayed Momen Majumdar “Land Use Change and Livelihoods in a Coastal Region of Bangladesh and the Effectiveness of the Legal Framework towards Resource Conservation in Sundarbans”
  • Md. Zia Uddin “A Study on Environmental and Economic Impact of the Proposed Dhaka-Chittagong Expressway”
  • Karim Md Rezaul “Municipal Solid Waste Management through Promotion of Public-Private-Community Participation: Case Study of Mymensingh Municipality, Bangladesh”
  • Daud A Z M Farhan “Mitigating the Negative Impacts of Road Construction on the Indigenous Peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh”
  • Begum Swapna “A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Bus Rapid Transit Project at Dhaka in Bangladesh Focusing on Air Pollution”
  • Uddin Mohammad Amin “Providing Human Security to Rural People in Bangladesh through
    Sustainable Development: Human Trafficking as a Concern of Human Security”
  • Rahman Md Mahbubur “Quantitative Inundation Risk Assessment of the Coastal Road Network for Extreme Climate Events in a Vulnerable District of Bangladesh”
  • Chakma Kisinger “Impacts of Landless People Resettlement Policy on Mangrove Forest Resources in the Hatiya and Nijhum Islands of Noakhali District, Bangladesh”
  • Akkas Mohammad Tanvir “Hydrological Characteristics of Groundwater Resources in Dhaka City, Bangladesh”

  • Miah Md Tofail “Mitigation of Socio-Economic Impacts in Involuntary
    Resettlement due to Infrastructure Development in Bangladesh”
  • Khanami,Syeda Masuma “The Empowerment of Rural Women in Bangladesh for Environmental Conservation : Integrating Traditional Knowledge and Environmental Education”
  • Shahjahan,Mohammad “Adoption of a Clean Development Mechanism for Sustainable Development and Economic Growth in Bangladesh”
  • Hossain, Fakir Muhammad Munawar “Socio-economic Background of Deforestation and Forest Degradation in the Whykong Forest Range of Bangladesh.”
  • Bhuiyan, Abu Taher Mohammad Kamrul Kabir “Introducing Socio-Environmental Management Policy Guidelines for Financing of Electric Power Projects in Bangladesh.”