文化遺産国際協力コンソーシアム Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage JCIC-Heritage logo JCIC-Heritage

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On Friday, October 27, 2017, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage(JCIC-Heritage) held a briefing at JICA headquarters on JICA schemes related to cultural heritage. This briefing was held mainly to deepen the understanding of JCIC-Heritage members regarding the ODA schemes implemented by JICA and to build a foundation for practical project cooperation between JICA and the JCIC-Heritage.

About 40 people—mainly researchers and students involved in protection of cultural heritage, took part in this briefing.

Moderated by Ryutaro Murotani (Deputy Head, Office for Global Issues and Development Partnership, Operation Strategy Department) the briefing began with an opening message from Shinichi Yamanaka (Director General, Operations Strategy Department) followed by a description of the Activities of the JCIC-Heritage, by the Secretariat of the JCIC-Heritage.

Next on the agenda was a presentation by JICA, which began with a description of an overview of JICA schemes as a whole by Toshiya Abe (Senior Advisor to the Director General, Operations and Strategy Department) along with an explanation of key points of JICA projects related to protection of cultural heritage, based on the perspectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This was followed by a description, by Takashi Matsumoto (Deputy Director, Domestic Strategy and Partnership Department) of the distinguishing features, conditions, and advantages of grass-roots technical cooperation projects, while sharing practical information on matters such as application procedures.

After that, Kazumasa Sanui (Director, Team 2 in the Urban and Regional Development Group, Infrastructure and Peacebuilding Department) provided introductions to projects in Palestine (Hisham’s Palace, Jericho), Jordan (Petra), and Egypt (Giza), as specific examples of JICA projects related to cultural heritage. He also described the process by which the projects took shape.

After each presentation, the speaker answered questions collected from participants in advance. In a separate question-and-answer session, Yoshito Urano (Special Advisor, Private Sector Development Group, Industrial Development and Public Policy Department) joined the above JICA speakers in answering questions from those in attendance.

The high level of interest in this briefing among participants was demonstrated by the wide range of questions asked in the question-and-answer session, on subjects that ranged from practical matters such as application procedures, budgets, and numbers of projects per year to further possibilities for cooperation between JICA projects and academic research, including JICA’s expectations for academic research in fields such as archaeology.

Lastly, the briefing to an end with a closing message from Deputy Chair Yasuyoshi Okada of the JCIC-Heritage.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the cosponsor of this briefing, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to all who cooperated in the briefing, and to all who participated.

See here for the program and an overview of the briefing.

 

Photo captions (from top)

1: The opening message from Shinichi Yamanaka

2: The presentation by the Consortium Secretariat

3: The presentation by Toshiya Abe

4: The presentation by Takashi Matsumoto

5: The presentation by Kazumasa Sanui

6: The question-and-answer session (1) (from left: Takashi Matsumoto, Yoshito Urano,  Toshiya Abe)

7: The question-and-answer session (2) (from left: the above three individuals, Kazumasa Sanui, and Ryutaro Murotani)

8: The closing message from Yasuyoshi Okada

9: The briefing venue

On Friday, October 27, 2017, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage(JCIC-Heritage) held a briefing at JICA headquarters on JICA schemes related to cultural heritage. This briefing was held mainly to deepen the understanding of JCIC-Heritage members regarding the ODA schemes implemented by JICA and to build a foundation for practical project cooperation between JICA and the JCIC-Heritage.

About 40 people—mainly researchers and students involved in protection of cultural heritage, took part in this briefing.

Moderated by Ryutaro Murotani (Deputy Head, Office for Global Issues and Development Partnership, Operation Strategy Department) the briefing began with an opening message from Shinichi Yamanaka (Director General, Operations Strategy Department) followed by a description of the Activities of the JCIC-Heritage, by the Secretariat of the JCIC-Heritage.

Next on the agenda was a presentation by JICA, which began with a description of an overview of JICA schemes as a whole by Toshiya Abe (Senior Advisor to the Director General, Operations and Strategy Department) along with an explanation of key points of JICA projects related to protection of cultural heritage, based on the perspectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This was followed by a description, by Takashi Matsumoto (Deputy Director, Domestic Strategy and Partnership Department) of the distinguishing features, conditions, and advantages of grass-roots technical cooperation projects, while sharing practical information on matters such as application procedures.

After that, Kazumasa Sanui (Director, Team 2 in the Urban and Regional Development Group, Infrastructure and Peacebuilding Department) provided introductions to projects in Palestine (Hisham’s Palace, Jericho), Jordan (Petra), and Egypt (Giza), as specific examples of JICA projects related to cultural heritage. He also described the process by which the projects took shape.

After each presentation, the speaker answered questions collected from participants in advance. In a separate question-and-answer session, Yoshito Urano (Special Advisor, Private Sector Development Group, Industrial Development and Public Policy Department) joined the above JICA speakers in answering questions from those in attendance.

The high level of interest in this briefing among participants was demonstrated by the wide range of questions asked in the question-and-answer session, on subjects that ranged from practical matters such as application procedures, budgets, and numbers of projects per year to further possibilities for cooperation between JICA projects and academic research, including JICA’s expectations for academic research in fields such as archaeology.

Lastly, the briefing to an end with a closing message from Deputy Chair Yasuyoshi Okada of the JCIC-Heritage.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the cosponsor of this briefing, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to all who cooperated in the briefing, and to all who participated.

See here for the program and an overview of the briefing.

 

Photo captions (from top)

1: The opening message from Shinichi Yamanaka

2: The presentation by the Consortium Secretariat

3: The presentation by Toshiya Abe

4: The presentation by Takashi Matsumoto

5: The presentation by Kazumasa Sanui

6: The question-and-answer session (1) (from left: Takashi Matsumoto, Yoshito Urano,  Toshiya Abe)

7: The question-and-answer session (2) (from left: the above three individuals, Kazumasa Sanui, and Ryutaro Murotani)

8: The closing message from Yasuyoshi Okada

9: The briefing venue

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The Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage (JCIC-Heritage) held its 22nd seminar, titled “Global Trends in Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage,” at the TKP Ichigaya Conference Center on Friday, February 16, 2018.

 

The purpose of this seminar was to consider future developments in how the international community will evaluate the reconstruction of cultural heritage sites that have been destroyed due to conflicts or natural disasters and develop relevant rules, while using case studies around the world as references.

 

After Yoshiaki Ishizawa, Chairperson of the JCIC-Heritage, delivered an opening speech at the beginning of the seminar, Toshiyuki Kono, President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) came to the stage for the first lecture, titled “Recent Global Trends in Reconstruction and ICOMOS’s Efforts.” Mr. Kono provided the background of ICOMOS’s efforts to prepare guidance documents for the reconstruction of cultural heritage that have been destroyed due to conflicts or natural disasters, and the outline of subsequent operations to create matrices for systematization of case examples, with assistance from the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

 

Following the lecture by Mr. Kono, Alejandro Martinez of the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties and Tomoko Mori of the University of Tokyo provided further details of the case research. Mr. Martinez talked about the reconstruction of the Senshoji temple in Fukushima Prefecture, which was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the earthquake-stricken churches in Venzone, Italy. He pointed out that the two reconstruction cases have something in common (e.g., detailed records of pre-disaster situations, survival of traditional construction materials and skills, and so on). Ms. Mori focused on “important preservation districts for groups of traditional buildings” and talked about the reconstruction of the Sawara district of Katori City in Chiba Prefecture, which was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Niikawa Tagomori district of Ukiha City in Fukuoka Prefecture, which was affected by the torrential rains in northern Kyushu, the Kuroshima district of Wajima City in Ishikawa Prefecture, which was stricken by the Noto Peninsula earthquake, and the historic quarter of Valparaiso in Chile. She pointed out similarities in those cases (e.g., restoration of disaster-stricken buildings as public property, development of design guidelines, and so on).

 

Kazuya Yamauchi of Teikyo University delivered a lecture titled “Accomplishments of the Bamiyan Conference and Upcoming Challenges: Future of the  Bamiyan Buddha Statues.” Mr. Yamauchi talked about international experts’ conferences and a symposium that were held at the Tokyo University of the Arts between September 27 and October 2, 2017. He provided the details of technological proposals made by the teams from Germany, Italy, and Japan regarding the reconstruction of the eastern Buddha statue at the meeting and the outline of relevant discussions held with the Afghan government and local residents.

 

Shigeo Aoki, Honorary Researcher at the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, served as the moderator of the panel discussion, and the four speakers answered questions from the audience. Discussions were held about the concept of universal value and authenticity of cultural heritage, the position of the ICOMOS guidance, the possibility of using anastylosis for the Buddhas of Bamiyan, the way in which stakeholders should be involved, the difference of reconstruction and restoration work between times of peace and times after disasters, the method of comparative analysis of case studies, the difficulty of defining the word “reconstruction” in the context of society, and so on, showing that the theme of this seminar involves many challenges.

 

Finally, Kosaku Maeda, Vice-Chairperson of the JCIC-Heritage, came to the stage, summarized the discussions in the seminar, and delivered a closing speech, and the seminar ended on a high note.

 

About 100 people participated in the seminar. We are extremely grateful for those who were involved in holding the seminar and also for the participants.

 

*Please click here for the program and outline of the seminar.

The Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage (JCIC-Heritage) held its 22nd seminar, titled “Global Trends in Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage,” at the TKP Ichigaya Conference Center on Friday, February 16, 2018.

 

The purpose of this seminar was to consider future developments in how the international community will evaluate the reconstruction of cultural heritage sites that have been destroyed due to conflicts or natural disasters and develop relevant rules, while using case studies around the world as references.

 

After Yoshiaki Ishizawa, Chairperson of the JCIC-Heritage, delivered an opening speech at the beginning of the seminar, Toshiyuki Kono, President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) came to the stage for the first lecture, titled “Recent Global Trends in Reconstruction and ICOMOS’s Efforts.” Mr. Kono provided the background of ICOMOS’s efforts to prepare guidance documents for the reconstruction of cultural heritage that have been destroyed due to conflicts or natural disasters, and the outline of subsequent operations to create matrices for systematization of case examples, with assistance from the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

 

Following the lecture by Mr. Kono, Alejandro Martinez of the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties and Tomoko Mori of the University of Tokyo provided further details of the case research. Mr. Martinez talked about the reconstruction of the Senshoji temple in Fukushima Prefecture, which was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the earthquake-stricken churches in Venzone, Italy. He pointed out that the two reconstruction cases have something in common (e.g., detailed records of pre-disaster situations, survival of traditional construction materials and skills, and so on). Ms. Mori focused on “important preservation districts for groups of traditional buildings” and talked about the reconstruction of the Sawara district of Katori City in Chiba Prefecture, which was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Niikawa Tagomori district of Ukiha City in Fukuoka Prefecture, which was affected by the torrential rains in northern Kyushu, the Kuroshima district of Wajima City in Ishikawa Prefecture, which was stricken by the Noto Peninsula earthquake, and the historic quarter of Valparaiso in Chile. She pointed out similarities in those cases (e.g., restoration of disaster-stricken buildings as public property, development of design guidelines, and so on).

 

Kazuya Yamauchi of Teikyo University delivered a lecture titled “Accomplishments of the Bamiyan Conference and Upcoming Challenges: Future of the  Bamiyan Buddha Statues.” Mr. Yamauchi talked about international experts’ conferences and a symposium that were held at the Tokyo University of the Arts between September 27 and October 2, 2017. He provided the details of technological proposals made by the teams from Germany, Italy, and Japan regarding the reconstruction of the eastern Buddha statue at the meeting and the outline of relevant discussions held with the Afghan government and local residents.

 

Shigeo Aoki, Honorary Researcher at the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, served as the moderator of the panel discussion, and the four speakers answered questions from the audience. Discussions were held about the concept of universal value and authenticity of cultural heritage, the position of the ICOMOS guidance, the possibility of using anastylosis for the Buddhas of Bamiyan, the way in which stakeholders should be involved, the difference of reconstruction and restoration work between times of peace and times after disasters, the method of comparative analysis of case studies, the difficulty of defining the word “reconstruction” in the context of society, and so on, showing that the theme of this seminar involves many challenges.

 

Finally, Kosaku Maeda, Vice-Chairperson of the JCIC-Heritage, came to the stage, summarized the discussions in the seminar, and delivered a closing speech, and the seminar ended on a high note.

 

About 100 people participated in the seminar. We are extremely grateful for those who were involved in holding the seminar and also for the participants.

 

*Please click here for the program and outline of the seminar.

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On Friday, October 27, 2017, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage(JCIC-Heritage) held a briefing at JICA headquarters on JICA schemes related to cultural heritage. This briefing was held mainly to deepen the understanding of JCIC-Heritage members regarding the ODA schemes implemented by JICA and to build a foundation for practical project cooperation between JICA and the JCIC-Heritage.

About 40 people—mainly researchers and students involved in protection of cultural heritage, took part in this briefing.

Moderated by Ryutaro Murotani (Deputy Head, Office for Global Issues and Development Partnership, Operation Strategy Department) the briefing began with an opening message from Shinichi Yamanaka (Director General, Operations Strategy Department) followed by a description of the Activities of the JCIC-Heritage, by the Secretariat of the JCIC-Heritage.

Next on the agenda was a presentation by JICA, which began with a description of an overview of JICA schemes as a whole by Toshiya Abe (Senior Advisor to the Director General, Operations and Strategy Department) along with an explanation of key points of JICA projects related to protection of cultural heritage, based on the perspectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This was followed by a description, by Takashi Matsumoto (Deputy Director, Domestic Strategy and Partnership Department) of the distinguishing features, conditions, and advantages of grass-roots technical cooperation projects, while sharing practical information on matters such as application procedures.

After that, Kazumasa Sanui (Director, Team 2 in the Urban and Regional Development Group, Infrastructure and Peacebuilding Department) provided introductions to projects in Palestine (Hisham’s Palace, Jericho), Jordan (Petra), and Egypt (Giza), as specific examples of JICA projects related to cultural heritage. He also described the process by which the projects took shape.

After each presentation, the speaker answered questions collected from participants in advance. In a separate question-and-answer session, Yoshito Urano (Special Advisor, Private Sector Development Group, Industrial Development and Public Policy Department) joined the above JICA speakers in answering questions from those in attendance.

The high level of interest in this briefing among participants was demonstrated by the wide range of questions asked in the question-and-answer session, on subjects that ranged from practical matters such as application procedures, budgets, and numbers of projects per year to further possibilities for cooperation between JICA projects and academic research, including JICA’s expectations for academic research in fields such as archaeology.

Lastly, the briefing to an end with a closing message from Deputy Chair Yasuyoshi Okada of the JCIC-Heritage.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the cosponsor of this briefing, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to all who cooperated in the briefing, and to all who participated.

See here for the program and an overview of the briefing.

 

Photo captions (from top)

1: The opening message from Shinichi Yamanaka

2: The presentation by the Consortium Secretariat

3: The presentation by Toshiya Abe

4: The presentation by Takashi Matsumoto

5: The presentation by Kazumasa Sanui

6: The question-and-answer session (1) (from left: Takashi Matsumoto, Yoshito Urano,  Toshiya Abe)

7: The question-and-answer session (2) (from left: the above three individuals, Kazumasa Sanui, and Ryutaro Murotani)

8: The closing message from Yasuyoshi Okada

9: The briefing venue

On Friday, October 27, 2017, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage(JCIC-Heritage) held a briefing at JICA headquarters on JICA schemes related to cultural heritage. This briefing was held mainly to deepen the understanding of JCIC-Heritage members regarding the ODA schemes implemented by JICA and to build a foundation for practical project cooperation between JICA and the JCIC-Heritage.

About 40 people—mainly researchers and students involved in protection of cultural heritage, took part in this briefing.

Moderated by Ryutaro Murotani (Deputy Head, Office for Global Issues and Development Partnership, Operation Strategy Department) the briefing began with an opening message from Shinichi Yamanaka (Director General, Operations Strategy Department) followed by a description of the Activities of the JCIC-Heritage, by the Secretariat of the JCIC-Heritage.

Next on the agenda was a presentation by JICA, which began with a description of an overview of JICA schemes as a whole by Toshiya Abe (Senior Advisor to the Director General, Operations and Strategy Department) along with an explanation of key points of JICA projects related to protection of cultural heritage, based on the perspectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This was followed by a description, by Takashi Matsumoto (Deputy Director, Domestic Strategy and Partnership Department) of the distinguishing features, conditions, and advantages of grass-roots technical cooperation projects, while sharing practical information on matters such as application procedures.

After that, Kazumasa Sanui (Director, Team 2 in the Urban and Regional Development Group, Infrastructure and Peacebuilding Department) provided introductions to projects in Palestine (Hisham’s Palace, Jericho), Jordan (Petra), and Egypt (Giza), as specific examples of JICA projects related to cultural heritage. He also described the process by which the projects took shape.

After each presentation, the speaker answered questions collected from participants in advance. In a separate question-and-answer session, Yoshito Urano (Special Advisor, Private Sector Development Group, Industrial Development and Public Policy Department) joined the above JICA speakers in answering questions from those in attendance.

The high level of interest in this briefing among participants was demonstrated by the wide range of questions asked in the question-and-answer session, on subjects that ranged from practical matters such as application procedures, budgets, and numbers of projects per year to further possibilities for cooperation between JICA projects and academic research, including JICA’s expectations for academic research in fields such as archaeology.

Lastly, the briefing to an end with a closing message from Deputy Chair Yasuyoshi Okada of the JCIC-Heritage.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the cosponsor of this briefing, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to all who cooperated in the briefing, and to all who participated.

See here for the program and an overview of the briefing.

 

Photo captions (from top)

1: The opening message from Shinichi Yamanaka

2: The presentation by the Consortium Secretariat

3: The presentation by Toshiya Abe

4: The presentation by Takashi Matsumoto

5: The presentation by Kazumasa Sanui

6: The question-and-answer session (1) (from left: Takashi Matsumoto, Yoshito Urano,  Toshiya Abe)

7: The question-and-answer session (2) (from left: the above three individuals, Kazumasa Sanui, and Ryutaro Murotani)

8: The closing message from Yasuyoshi Okada

9: The briefing venue

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21stseminarphotoOn Monday, July 24, 2017, the 21st JCIC-Heritage seminar, “Heritage of Paradise in Danger: with a focus on Nan Madol” was held in the Sophia University International Conference Center (17th floor, Building 2, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus).

The vast stone site located on the island of Pohnpei in the Republic of Micronesia, Nan Madol was inscribed on the World Heritage List in July 2016. Japanese researchers and related agencies provided support in a variety of forms through the nomination process.

First of all, in 2011 the JCIC-Heritage conducted a needs survey of the Nan Madol ruins, in response to a request from the UNESCO Office in Apia. This survey involved a field study of the Nan Madol ruins along with interviews with related parties, followed by the preparation of a report summarizing the current state of the ruins and topics in areas such as policy measures. Later, in response to this survey, Japanese researchers and related agencies implemented full-fledged efforts to support the inscription of the site to the World Heritage List. This Seminar was held to review this series of achievements while also discussing what kinds of challenges are faced today by the Nan Madol ruins and other cultural heritage sites in the Pacific Island countries and what kind of cooperation would be appropriate to deploy in response to these challenges.

The seminar began with opening remarks from the organizers: Yoshiaki Ishizawa, Chairperson of the JCIC-Heritage (Director, Sophia Asia Center for Research and Human Development) and Toshiaki Koso, Chairperson of Sophia School Corporation, followed by a guest remarks by His Excellency Mr. John Fritz, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia in Japan. In his remarks, Mr. Fritz expressed gratitude for Japan’s support through now and his expectations for future cooperative ties between the two nations.

 A series of lectures followed. In the first, Tomo Ishimura (Head, Audio Visual Documentation Section, Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties) described the aim of the Seminar, making clear the theme of the Seminar by mentioning the characteristics of the Pacific Island countries and their cultural heritage from the perspectives of both vulnerabilities and potentialities.

 Next, Osamu Kataoka (Researcher, Intercultural Research Institute, Kansai Gaidai University) delivered a lecture on the Nan Madol ruins, the focal point of the Seminar, entitled “The World Heritage Inscription of the Nan Madol and Japan’s International Cooperation.” Together with describing an overview of the ruins, the background of their inscription on the World Heritage List, and the reason that they were simultaneously on the List of the World Heritage in Danger, he also identified some specific topics that should be addressed in the future in order to help save the ruins from endangered status.

 Takuya Nagaoka (Executive Director, NGO Pasifika Renaissance) then delivered a lecture entitled “Activities for Protecting Cultural Heritage in Micronesia”. Together with introducing the efforts of his nonprofit organization to protect intangible cultural heritage (oral tradition) in Micronesia such as publicizing and raising awareness activities through the Internet, social-studies textbooks, and other and developing human resources through transfer of visual recording technologies in cooperation with local government, he also identified some related issues, including local community involvement.

 The final lecture, by Kanefusa Masuda (Senior Researcher, Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University), was entitled “Protecting Cultural Heritage and the local community Participation in Pacific Island Countries”. Together with pointing out the problems in the areas of development and site management faced by cultural heritage in Micronesia and other countries of Pacific Island, he also described the need for cultural heritage management plans and protection structure covering all of Pacific Island Countries as a whole, for the purposes of disaster prevention and post-disaster recovery.

 The following panel discussion addressed the theme of “The Protection of the Cultural Heritage in Pacific Island Countries and Japan’s International Cooperation”. Emceed by Akira Matsuda (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo), it featured four panelists (Ishimura, Kataoka, Nagaoka, and Masuda). At first, the emcee Prof. Matsuda proposed that each panelist conduct a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis of cultural heritage in Pacific Island Countries, and the panelists expressed their views from a wide range of perspectives, including the nature of Pacific Island Countries as micro states, the low level of local peoples’ interest in cultural heritage, the severe threat of climate change, and relations with Japan.

Discussions then proceeded based on questions collected from the audience. Topics addressed included local people’s involvement with cultural heritage, methods of sustainable tourism development, and human resources development (e.g., the skills needed of local heritage managers). A wide range of proposals was made, including ones concerning placing value on ruins, providing high-quality tourist services to overcome geographical restrictions, and enhancing the training programme for local experts in collaboration with research institutes from Japan. Each subject was discussed from a practical approach, backed by the panelists’ experience in Pacific Island Countries.

 Lastly, Consortium Vice Chairperson Yasuyoshi Okada (Director, The Institute for Cultural Studies of Ancient Iraq, Kokushikan University) delivered a closing remarks, bringing this highly successful Seminar to a close.

 Approximately 84 persons participated in this Seminar.

The organizers would like to thank the cosponsor, the Sophia Asia Center for Research and Human Development, as well as related parties who cooperated in the event and all participants for the success of this Seminar.

 

【Photo captions】 (from top)

 

1:The organizers’ remarks from Yoshiaki Ishizawa

2:The co-organizers’ remarks from Toshiaki Koso

3:The guest remarks by His Excellency Mr. John Fritz

4:Satoshi Ishimura’s lecture

5:Osamu Kataoka’s lecture

6:Takuya Nagaoka’s lecture

7:Kanefusa Masuda’s lecture

8:Akira Matsuda, emcee of the panel discussion

9: The panel discussion

10:The closing remarks from Vice Chairperson Yasuyoshi Okada

11:The Seminar venue

21stseminarphotoOn Monday, July 24, 2017, the 21st JCIC-Heritage seminar, “Heritage of Paradise in Danger: with a focus on Nan Madol” was held in the Sophia University International Conference Center (17th floor, Building 2, Sophia University Yotsuya Campus).

The vast stone site located on the island of Pohnpei in the Republic of Micronesia, Nan Madol was inscribed on the World Heritage List in July 2016. Japanese researchers and related agencies provided support in a variety of forms through the nomination process.

First of all, in 2011 the JCIC-Heritage conducted a needs survey of the Nan Madol ruins, in response to a request from the UNESCO Office in Apia. This survey involved a field study of the Nan Madol ruins along with interviews with related parties, followed by the preparation of a report summarizing the current state of the ruins and topics in areas such as policy measures. Later, in response to this survey, Japanese researchers and related agencies implemented full-fledged efforts to support the inscription of the site to the World Heritage List. This Seminar was held to review this series of achievements while also discussing what kinds of challenges are faced today by the Nan Madol ruins and other cultural heritage sites in the Pacific Island countries and what kind of cooperation would be appropriate to deploy in response to these challenges.

The seminar began with opening remarks from the organizers: Yoshiaki Ishizawa, Chairperson of the JCIC-Heritage (Director, Sophia Asia Center for Research and Human Development) and Toshiaki Koso, Chairperson of Sophia School Corporation, followed by a guest remarks by His Excellency Mr. John Fritz, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia in Japan. In his remarks, Mr. Fritz expressed gratitude for Japan’s support through now and his expectations for future cooperative ties between the two nations.

 A series of lectures followed. In the first, Tomo Ishimura (Head, Audio Visual Documentation Section, Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties) described the aim of the Seminar, making clear the theme of the Seminar by mentioning the characteristics of the Pacific Island countries and their cultural heritage from the perspectives of both vulnerabilities and potentialities.

 Next, Osamu Kataoka (Researcher, Intercultural Research Institute, Kansai Gaidai University) delivered a lecture on the Nan Madol ruins, the focal point of the Seminar, entitled “The World Heritage Inscription of the Nan Madol and Japan’s International Cooperation.” Together with describing an overview of the ruins, the background of their inscription on the World Heritage List, and the reason that they were simultaneously on the List of the World Heritage in Danger, he also identified some specific topics that should be addressed in the future in order to help save the ruins from endangered status.

 Takuya Nagaoka (Executive Director, NGO Pasifika Renaissance) then delivered a lecture entitled “Activities for Protecting Cultural Heritage in Micronesia”. Together with introducing the efforts of his nonprofit organization to protect intangible cultural heritage (oral tradition) in Micronesia such as publicizing and raising awareness activities through the Internet, social-studies textbooks, and other and developing human resources through transfer of visual recording technologies in cooperation with local government, he also identified some related issues, including local community involvement.

 The final lecture, by Kanefusa Masuda (Senior Researcher, Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University), was entitled “Protecting Cultural Heritage and the local community Participation in Pacific Island Countries”. Together with pointing out the problems in the areas of development and site management faced by cultural heritage in Micronesia and other countries of Pacific Island, he also described the need for cultural heritage management plans and protection structure covering all of Pacific Island Countries as a whole, for the purposes of disaster prevention and post-disaster recovery.

 The following panel discussion addressed the theme of “The Protection of the Cultural Heritage in Pacific Island Countries and Japan’s International Cooperation”. Emceed by Akira Matsuda (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo), it featured four panelists (Ishimura, Kataoka, Nagaoka, and Masuda). At first, the emcee Prof. Matsuda proposed that each panelist conduct a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis of cultural heritage in Pacific Island Countries, and the panelists expressed their views from a wide range of perspectives, including the nature of Pacific Island Countries as micro states, the low level of local peoples’ interest in cultural heritage, the severe threat of climate change, and relations with Japan.

Discussions then proceeded based on questions collected from the audience. Topics addressed included local people’s involvement with cultural heritage, methods of sustainable tourism development, and human resources development (e.g., the skills needed of local heritage managers). A wide range of proposals was made, including ones concerning placing value on ruins, providing high-quality tourist services to overcome geographical restrictions, and enhancing the training programme for local experts in collaboration with research institutes from Japan. Each subject was discussed from a practical approach, backed by the panelists’ experience in Pacific Island Countries.

 Lastly, Consortium Vice Chairperson Yasuyoshi Okada (Director, The Institute for Cultural Studies of Ancient Iraq, Kokushikan University) delivered a closing remarks, bringing this highly successful Seminar to a close.

 Approximately 84 persons participated in this Seminar.

The organizers would like to thank the cosponsor, the Sophia Asia Center for Research and Human Development, as well as related parties who cooperated in the event and all participants for the success of this Seminar.

 

【Photo captions】 (from top)

 

1:The organizers’ remarks from Yoshiaki Ishizawa

2:The co-organizers’ remarks from Toshiaki Koso

3:The guest remarks by His Excellency Mr. John Fritz

4:Satoshi Ishimura’s lecture

5:Osamu Kataoka’s lecture

6:Takuya Nagaoka’s lecture

7:Kanefusa Masuda’s lecture

8:Akira Matsuda, emcee of the panel discussion

9: The panel discussion

10:The closing remarks from Vice Chairperson Yasuyoshi Okada

11:The Seminar venue

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