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Update:October 1, 2009

FY2009 JICA Group Training “Pollution Control and Local Environment Management” Course Completed

The Fiscal Year 2009 JICA Group Training “Pollution Control and Local Environment Management” Course was carried out at ICETT for about 40 days from August 13 (Thu) to September 18 (Fri), 2009. The purpose of this course was to clarify the causes of industrial pollution and pollution caused by domestic waste and wastewater, which are serious problems in developing countries, as well as to figure out improvement measures for solving the problems through participatory training. Five training participants from China, Ghana, and Tajikistan learned about the Japanese history of overcoming pollution issues and the measures for improving them. At the same time, these participants experienced on-site tours of companies and sessions for exchanging opinions, thereby deepening their knowledge about voluntary efforts in environmental management made by administrations, companies, and local communities, and then figuring out measures for improving the environment in their own countries.
The participants eagerly attended all the training programs, asking so many questions of Japanese experts and staff members of companies, and in addition, they even worked on preparing material for their presentations late into the nights after lectures. At the end of the training course, the participants, by taking full advantage of knowledge and experiences acquired through the course, made presentations of their action plans for efforts in pollution control and environmental management for their own countries.


Besides, on holidays the participants attended a tea ceremony in which they enjoyed powdered green tea and Japanese sweets, even though their legs almost fell asleep by unfamiliar “seiza” or sitting erect with their legs folded under them. And they always greeted the staff members of ICETT with a great smile, saying “Thank you” or “Hello” in Japanese that they learned in the Japanese language class as part of the training program. They, therefore, seemed to have an interest in the culture and language of Japan.


Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to the lecturers and the parties involved at companies that the participants visited, who cooperated with us in the training course. (Persons in charge: Tohyama and Matsuoka)