General Assembly 2011 3

Core Meeting

Documented by Varquez, Alvin Christopher Galang


Venue:Ishikawadai4, B08
Time Started: 6:03 PM
Time Finished: 7:22 PM

  • Brief introduction of/for NEW MEMBERS
  • Progress Reports
  • Upcoming Projects


Name Position
Ishio, Junichiro President
Takehisa, Yuki VP Finance
Varquez, Alvin Christopher VP Documentations
Saraswati, Batari Core 2G Internal Affairs Head
Kawahara, Yuhki Website Project Head
Ando, Tsunori Promotions
Haraguchi Takuro Charcoal Project Project Head
Odchimar, Anita II Project Head
Fukao, Shotaro Project Head
Kanzawa, Kei Project Head
Sun, Kyung Choi Website Project Head/Promotions
Francisco Valencia Non-electric Products Development Team
Yoshihiro Matsukawa New/Project Member

1. Brief Introduction of/for New Members

i. Matsuka Yoshihiro introduced himself as a new member. His nickname is “Matsun”. His hobby is running, playing video grames (XBOX). He is a second year bachelor’s student of the Electronics and Communications Engineering.

ii. Nur Akhmadi. He belongs to Communication and Integrated System. He is under Kuneda system. He is from Indonesia. His favourite food is maybe Sate. “Salamat Datang”

iii. International Development Engineering was introduced by the president again. The keywords are sustainable development projects around the world. He also showed the objectives and the history of the organization. The partner universities were also introduced. The organization has currently more than 18 members.

iv. Currently the website is still under renovation. It will be relaunched as early as March. This is a very important responsibility at the moment if we want to market our organization globally. There is a problem with the server that we need to follow up for the recovery.

v. Various funding were introduced briefly for each project.

vi. The organization structure was also shown with IDA.

vii. He emphasized that each member must be part of a project. Each project was introduced very briefly.

2. Progress Reports

a. Non-electric products Development

i. Kan-san said there is no progress yet about this however he presented a new project.

ii. He introduced a project for the victims of Fukushima. Two weeks has passed since its implementation.

iii. The project has two directions: Organizing education aid volunteer for victims. Publishing free paper (quarterly) of affected area. The motivation was that it provides volunteer works and.provide free information to the victims. The project also aims to support delayed students catch up with their studies such as tutoring.

iv. It is a collaborated project with youth for 3.11. The contact person is Kazuki Yamagiwa, a second year Medical student of Gunma University.

v. The way to contact with the stakeholders is the group, Project in Response to Needs of Infants, Children, and Pregnant Women of Fukushima. The organizers comprise major universities surrounding Fukushima. Kan-san is consulting them regarding the victims information through e-mail.

vi. Regarding the fund, Dream Support Fund (Yume Oen Fund) 500,000 yen per year funding will be applied.

vii. The volunteers originally heading this project have left for job applications. Kan-san wishes IDA to continue their pursuit.

viii. Yamagawa-san visited Onagawa and Ishinomaki. Ishinomaki is going well but Onagawa is still in a difficult situation.

ix. Possible contents are the voice of people, sightseeing, volunteer work progress, photos, and advertisement for the sponsors.

x. Specific plans are underway.

b. Workshop for local primary school students and their parents

i. Tsune wanted to introduced about “IDA magazine”. He wanted to make “IDAzine”. He showed the IDA through IPAD.

ii. He wants to collect and arrange an information about International Development now in IDAwiki.

iii. Ishio-kun is currently contacting with local NPO’s. He visited the site. Ishikawacho Bunka Center.

iv. Next week Ishio-kun and Takehisa-san will go to Shizuoka for an interview survey with Nakamura, SEED contest. He wants to consult him since Nakamura-san is an expert in design making workshop. Ishio-kun will also apply for the Dream Support Fund.

v. Sun questioned what are the requirements to join the workshop. Currently, “infinite time is needed”.

vi. Nur questioned how communication is done. Currently the medium introduction is English. Student network and collaboration with local students is the key.

c. Charcoal for Kenya project, “Charcoal Voice”

i. Samples can be found at the IDA room. It is very hard and highly durable.

ii. Takuro Haraguchi (Gu-san) introduced the project to the new members. The project intends to help the poor people with their financial and health problems.

iii. There is high demand for charcoal. Gu-san showed how charcoal is made. Cassava was formerly used as binder but it is also used as food for the people.

iv. A new type of binder is currently being experimented.

v. One test at Toukoudai was conducted but it failed.

vi. Ishio-kun brought all floc material made by Orugano originally made for water purification. The burning capacity and hardness is very important for charcoal. This new material is very sturdy however the material is not available in Kenya. A new batch of powder was provided for by the company for experimentation.

vii. Gu-san originally planned to go back to Kenya from March but postponed to September.

viii. He set the deadline for the final product on July.

ix. There are two things being conducted now: searching a new type of binder, and to develop a strategy how to introduce it to Kenya as a business model.

x. Gu-san is looking for the help of each member for any binder.

d. Vietnam Project Identification

i. Takehisa Yuki introduced his project and the members.

ii. The members are Kato, Kawahara, Sun, and Chu

iii. Chu-kun said that there is a problem in his home country.

iv. Kato conducted a preliminary field survey last December at Vietnam. The area was Dao Khe Thuonog Village, Nghia Chau Commune, Nghia Hung District. The period of survey was two days.

v. Vietnamese could not speak English so collaboration was done.

vi. The village and the market was visited. Takehisa-san showed the pictures of the village. Most people’s main livelihood is agriculture. There was no food shortage. At the market

vii. The problem is agriculture since only rice was produced. Land was limited.

viii. Water is also contaminated (according to Chu) and blackout also occurs every day. Water is a serious problem because they could not drink only relying on boiled water. Now a project is to be drafted.

ix. A business model will be made in the future.

e. IDA design activation project

i. Recently Sun mentioned that there is no progress. She just thought of a more refined and simple logo.

ii. Sun’s assigned with the door design as well and she needs to consult with Ishio-kun. We currently have two rooms. One at the IDE basement and the sports.

iii. Sun is requesting new members pictures. Please send to Kawahara.

iv. A comment regarding that for the logo by Francisco. IDA should be in bold face. Maybe IDAcademy will be used.

v. The star is currently not of concern right now.

vi. Sun made a flyer.

vii. The logo will be used in the future for business cards that’s why Sun is under stressed.

viii. The homepage layout is almost finished.

f. Halal meat and information project

i. The project leader is Reza from the University of Tokyo.

ii. Two current tasks are promotion and establishment. Now they are involved with two groups: on the research side and the business side. Halal Research Group in Japan and Hala Research Team suppored by Guru-Navi.

iii. A budget was acquired to fund the project.

iv. Website is currently being created for the Halal project.

g. Nepal Potato Storage Project

i. Williamm and Batari are handling the Nepal Food Storage Project.

ii. William is handling the transfer for the Japan team to the Nepal team. Skype meetings are conducted monthly.

iii. Batari together with Anita, Ben, Ishio, and Alvin is planning to make a paper based from the Nepal Food Storage Project.

iv. Now, the group is discussing on the angle (e.g. focusing on the students’ learning/challenges, compare with the student/corporate projects, compare with student/usual projects)

v. The next meeting will be tomorrow.

vi. A draft is to be completed by the end of this year.

vii. Francisco asks about the climate condition for Nepal.

viii. Nur asked where the project was made. Batari introduced briefly the project.

ix. It was implemented by the Triuvhan University.

2. 2. Progress Reports

a. Appropriate Technology Development and Introduction Workship in the Republic of the Marshall Islands by Ishio-kun

i. Ishiokun sent lots of email to Marshall Islands. Marshall Island is in the Oceania-Pacific Region. It is a country beside Hawaii.

ii. Shota and Ishio-kun first thought about Marshal Islands as a requirement of the International Development Projects Course. Their proposal was given a thumbs-up by professionals.

iii. Most of his background information was from the internet.

iv. Ishio-kun wants to hold a design development workshop with the kids/students of Marshall Islands.

v. He thought of devising an appropriate technology at Marshall Islands. The main problem is water pollution of the wells. There is salt water intrusion into the wells. Ishio-kun devised a way to filter sea water to provide fresh water to. He will conduct an experiment after the meeting.

vi. Ishio-kun will go to Marshall Islands by the beginning of March to the end of March through a hearing/field survey. Ishio-kun met Kurusaki Takehiro who is also concerned with Japan-Pacific Marshall Island center.

vii. Kan-san is wondering about the funding if it runs out. Ishio-kun will continue with the project.

viii. Marshall Island’s 6 % GDP is donated by the US including most of its water/food supply. Water/food is expensive in Marshall Islands despite the low GDP. They have low education levels specifically in engineering.

b. LSC Project by Anita, Batari, and Alvin

i. In the future.

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Venue: T.B.A.
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