11th EBA Open Seminar Report: Snapshots of Fieldworks in Japan

Filed in EBA Open Seminars, News by on July 28, 2014

The 11th EBA Consortium Open Seminar, hosted by Keio University July 23rd 2014, provides a series of lectures introducing the fieldwork sites for EBA summer fieldwork program of 2014. The participants includes:

  • University of the Philippines (UP)
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  • Keio University (KEIO) – from 2 locations:
    • Hiyoshi Campus
    • SFC Campus
  • Students from Keio and partner universities via V-cube and polycom system.

Lecture 1:  Minamata Fieldwork

Professor Keisuke Uehara

The lecture featured one of the most once dominant public health incidents in Japan: the well known Minamata disease caused by the release of methylmercury in the industrial wastewater from the Chisso Corporation’s chemical factory, which continued from 1932 to 1968. The incident not only damaged the health of the local people as well as the environment but also hurt badly their livelihood for a great length of time. During the fieldwork in Minamata, the students will have an opportunity to observe what has happened by visiting different historical facilities and by talking to the local people and to see how the people Minamta have tried to restore their daily life, their livelihood and the living environment.

Lecture 2:  Sanriku Fieldwork

Professor Satoko Oki

The lecture featured the issue of Disaster Management by introducing the case of March 11 Great East Japan Earth Quake. During the fieldwork, the students will have an opportunity to cruise through 7 affected cities in Sanriku region. The students are required to record what they think and how they feel when encountering the remnants of the great disaster. The students will also join an educational activity with local children in case of an earthquake. “To make a difference” is the goal of the fieldwork: a difference in the way we think, feel and manage disasters.

Lecture 3: Fujiyoshida Fieldwork

Professor Tomoko Doko

The lecture was canceled because of an emergency reason





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