Notice on the radiation situation of ARI

We are receiving numerous inquiries concerning the radioactive contamination of the Asian Rural institute from individuals and groups interested in visiting us. We hope the summary of our situation (as of June 2012) below will serve as a reference. 1) How high is the radioactivity in the air at ARI? We are continuing radiation measurements of six defined outdoor points on our campus. Since February 2012 the measurement results have been even. The average amounts to about 0.2 – 0.4 μsv/hour outdoors and 0.08 – 0.17μsv/ hour indoors. Suppose you worked a maximum time of 7.5 hours outdoors and spent the rest of the day (16.5 hours) indoors your daily … Read more…

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…

Important Notice regarding the 2012 ARI Training Program

Important Notice regarding the 2012 ARI Training Program related to the Eastern Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident December 16, 2011 On March 11, 2011 Japan was struck by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake which triggered a massive tsunami. These caused significant destruction in eastern Japan, including severe damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima Prefecture. Nine months have passed since this disaster and these days there is virtually no international news coverage these events. This does not mean that everything is back to normal. While there has been a lot of progress in cleanup and rebuilding, there is still a lot of work to be … 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…