2018-11-29 World Travel
Dr. Sasaki was invited by School of Environment, Beijing Normal University (BNU) from November 26 to 29, 2018. BNU leads in the field of environmental studies in China. There are a couple of best universities in Beijing, including Tsinghua University and Beijing University, among them, BNU is located in the most central part of Beijing downtown. Coastal environmental studies group in BNU leads studies on coastal wetland vegetation and bay environments. Their main fields are Yellow River delta, Yangtze River delta, and Pearl River delta (near Hong Kong), and they also have their local research facilities at these sites. BNU is also equipped with state-of-the-art experimental facilities, including constant air …
We visited Yanba Dam (under construction) in Gunma Prefecture from November 9 to 10, 2018.
2018-11-01 World Travel
Dr. Sasaki was invited from Hohai University, and traveled to Nanjing, China from 25th to 29th October 2018. Professor Jiang Qin at Hohai University kindly hosted for a talk and international exchange. We also visited Yangzhou, which is about an hour and a half by car from Nanjing.
On October 20th and 21st, Tokyo Bay Festa is being held in Yokohama. Our project team for creation of habitat under the Public-Private Cooperation Forum for Tokyo-Bay Restoration exhibit shellfishes in Tokyo Bay, quiz on Tokyo Bay, and panels showing the PT activities.
The 19th Tokyo Bay Symposium (sponsored by National Research Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) was held at Osanbashi Bridge Hall in Yokohama Port on October 18 (Thu), 2018. Professor Sasaki gave a lecture entitled “Possibility of Blue Carbon and its Social Implementation”, and Mr. Endo, Ph.D. candidate made a poster presentation entitled “Field survey on upwelling of hypoxic water in Sanbanze Shallow Water Area at the head of Tokyo Bay”. It was a great success with about 300 participants.
2018-09-23 World Travel
Dr. Sasaki was invited by Burapha University for delevering a lecture and performing a field survey in upper Gulf of Thailand.
I have been involved in the long-term perspective committee meeting of Shimizu Port in Shizuoka Prefecture considering the future in the next 20 to 30 years. We had a trip to Shimizu Port on September 18th. The port is attractive not only the function as a port logistics, but also abundant green landscape, world heritage site of Miho-No-Matsubara associated with Mt. Fuji, fishery, energy, industry. Although the port is small, the port must attracts people because of these multiple functions.
As part of the Can Tho University capacity building project supported by JICA, I took a business trip to Can Tho University in Vietnam on the itinerary from September 4 to 8, 2018. The outbound route was 9/4 JL 079 HND/SGN 01:25/05:15, and the return route was 9/7 JL070 SGN/HND 23:25/06:55+1. From Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho City, it takes approximately 3 hours to 4 hours by car. The time has been shortened considerably since the Can Tho bridge was constructed. The hotel I stayed at was Ninh Kieu 2 (designated by JICA), and the exchange rate was 100 JPY = 20,000+ …