Dr. Takami to join the 40th anniversary celebration of Shapla Neer

Founder of ARI, Dr. Toshihiro Takami has been invited to celebrate the birth of the non-profit organization Shapla Neer at the Waseda Houshi-En in Tokyo, on September 1 (Sat). Dr. Takami was the leader of the former Help Bangladesh Comittee which preceded Shapla Neer in 1972. Details on the program can be found on Shaplaneer’s website (Japanese only): http://www.shaplaneer.org/news/2012/08/40thsymposium.html

Urgent notice from the ABC: Chitake mushrooms’ radiation top 3,700 Bq/kg

The ABC (ARI Becquerel Center) has found a very high amount of radioactive contamination in a mushroom variety called ‘chitake‘  (other names are ‘chichitake’ or ‘Lactarius volemus’) when measuring samples on August 3. The said mushrooms were collected at Terako in Nasushiobara City and showed a measurement result of 3,765 Becquerel per kilogram. Other mushroom varieties have shown high contamination before, but this is the highest result that we has do far. The ABC recommends to have mushrooms collected in the wild undergo measurements.

Sep 11 (Sat) “Green Oil Project” information exchange meeting

The Green Oil Project General Corporation is a project that aims to rebuild the local agriculture through the non-agrochemical cultivation of “soy beans, sunflowers and rapeseeds” on farm land contaminated by radiation, the production and wide sales of vegetable oil from these plants, and citizens’ involvement in organic farming, while at the same time it works towards the radioactive decontamination of the Tochigi region. For this purpose, we propose various undertakings starting with the production and collection of oil crops, oil expression and sales, and the development of technologies and measurements for radioactive decontamination. Presently, the NPO Private Rice Research Center with the coorporation of many local supporters and consumers … Read more…

Dr. Takami to receive Yale Divinity School Alumni Award

The Yale Divinity School at Yale University, USA has decided to honor the founder of ARI, Dr. Toshihiro Takami, with its 2012 Alumni Award. The award will be presented later this year at an official ceremony on October 25 and 26 for which purpose Dr. Takami will travel to the United States. He is one of four recipients this year. For more information see the official website of Yale Divinity school: 2012 Alumni Warad Recipients

Notice on the appointment of the new Chairman of the Board of the Asian Rural Institute

ARI Chairman of the Board Dr. Akira Niwa suddenly passed away on June 24 due to a myocardical infarction. Dr. Niwa had served as the Chairman of the Board for two terms (six years) and endeavored to improve ARI’s corporate finances. Furthermore, he actively dealt with the reconstruction of our school’s buildings damaged by the Tohoku Earthquake of March 11 and the radioactive contamination of our soil and agricultural produce caused by the radiation leakage at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster. Until the last moment he worked tirelessly to fulfill his responsibilites. For Dr. Niwa who had expressed his desire to start his third term as Chairman of … Read more…

ARI joins UN conference for women

50 years ago the United Method Women (UMW) built a 12 story building right in front of the United Nations headquarters in order to work closely with the UN to support the newly formed (at that time) Declaration of Human Rights.  Called the Church Center for the United Nations, this was the place, right in the middle of downtown Manhattan, where I met two rural women – ARI graduates Judith Daka from Zambia (2001) and Naw Lee Myar from Myanmar (1998 graduate, 2008 training assistant, 2009 staff).  The three of us joined six other women (the Philippines (2), Sierra Leone, Brazil, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Kosovo) as delegates invited … Read more…