MINAMATA Fieldwork 2016

Filed in 2016, 2016, Fieldwork, Fieldwork & Internship, News by on April 20, 2016
Minamata Fieldwork 2014

Minamata Fieldwork 2014

We are now calling for participants in EBA Minamata Fieldwork program for the year 2016 (July 29th ~ August 7th).  During the one-week trip, the students were given a special opportunity to enjoy hands-on experience while observing and examining the local issues at the site of Minamata, to join minds and hands in groups and to articulate on the issues by making use of the collected data and observations at the field.

*Please note that the fieldwork may be re-scheduled due to the earthquake recovery activities in Kumamoto 

About the program
Minamata Fieldwork Program 2016 includes a workshop and fieldwork related activities. Participants will learn basic methods and “Evidence Based Approach” at the workshop, before the fieldwork starts. After the workshop, participants will visit Minamata city to learn the overview of issues from specialists, visiting the factory and work place for the victims and other related facilities in order to collecting evidences throughout intensive observations and interactions with local residents. Based on the evidences, participants will have a group work discussion. Each group should include both Japanese and ASEAN students. Participants will receive a credit from the EBA Consortium on the completion of the program.

What is Minamata
Minamata city is located in Kyushu island, southern part of Japan. The city is known for Minamata disease which is caused by mercury pollution from a chemical factory in 1950’s. It is the first disease caused by food chain due to environmental pollution.

Language Requirement
All Lectures will be provided in both English and Japanese. No Japanese skill is required but you may be required to take a Japanese course for Entry level provided by EBA. Participants should be at least able to carry conversations in English.

Target and Capacity
This program is for both undergraduate and graduate students. The expected number of recruited students is 10 from Keio (in addition to 13 from ASEAN countries)

Schedule (subject to changes)

July 29th Arrive in Tokyo, Japan
July 30th
EBA Pre workshop and Japanese Class at Keio Hiyoshi campus
July 31st
EBA Pre workshop and Japanese Class at Keio Hiyoshi campus
August 1st
Move to Minamata
August 2nd
August 3rd
August 4th
August 5th
Leave for Tokyo
August 6th
EBA Post workshop at Keio Hiyoshi campus
August 7th
Leave Japan

How to apply

 For Keio students: Both undergraduates and graduate students (who are able to communicate in English) are eligible for the program. All you have to do is:

  • Fill out APPLICATION FORM (from: http://goo.gl/vmX1TK) in English
  • Write an 300-word essay stating your interest in the theme of the fieldwork (either in English or Japanese)

Then submit these two materials to eba-submit@ml.keio.jp with subject: “Minamata Fieldwork 2016 Application- Your Name”. The deadline is June 21 (Tue) 23:59(JST). Screening result will be announced in June 24th.

Costs (for Keio students): ~ JPY 100,000 including two-way air tickets, accommodation among others  

For ASEAN students, EBA local contacts (see list here)  will have a separate announcement and selection process.

Costs and Support

The EBA consortium will bear the cost of International airfare, domestic transportation within Japan and accommodation during the stay in Japan . Please note that travel insurance and food expenses are not included. (This is applied only to students from ASEAN partner universities).

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