EBA Minamata Fieldwork 2017

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Minamata Fieldwork 2017

We are now calling for participants in EBA Minamata Fieldwork program for the year 2017 (July 29th ~ August 7th).  During the one-week trip, the students will be 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 unexpected event.

About the Program

Minamata Fieldwork Program 2017 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 as well as to visit some related facilities such as the factory and work place for the victims 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 certificate from the EBA Consortium on the completion of the program.

About 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.
*Participants (both Japanese and non-Japanese students) from Keio University 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 18 from ASEAN countries (2 from each ASEAN university) and 10 from Keio University.

Schedule (*tentative)

29 July

Arrive in Tokyo, Japan

30 July

Pre workshop (1) at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio University

31 July

Pre workshop (2) at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio University

1 August

Move to Minamata city

Fieldwork (1)

2 August

Fieldwork (2)

3 August

Fieldwork (3)

4 August

Fieldwork (4)

5 August

Fieldwork (5)

Leave for Tokyo

6 August

Post workshop at Hiyoshi Campus, Keio University

7 August

Leave Japan

How to apply (for Keio students):the recruitment for Keio students has closed

**The application for ASEAN students already closed.**
Both undergraduates and graduate students (who are able to communicate in English) are eligible for this program.
Please read carefully the instruction below and submit the required documents by the deadline, 21 June (Wed) 23:59 (UTC+9).

  1. Fill out application form in English and click “submit”.
  2. Write a 300-word essay stating your interest in the theme of the fieldwork (either in English or Japanese) and submit it to eba-submit[at]ml.keio.ac.jp (please change [at] to @ before emailing us) with the subject line “Minamata Fieldwork 2017 Application- Your Name”.

Screening result will be announced on 26 June (Mon).

Costs (for Keio students)

JPY 100,000 including two-way air tickets, accommodation among others.

If you have any question, please contact us at eba-ra-group[at]keio.jp (please change [at] to @ before emailing us).


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