In this project, SPF aims to strengthen ties and deepen mutual understanding between Japan and other Asian countries by inviting to Japan young parliamentarians who would otherwise have little chance of visiting the country. While in Japan, the group of parliamentarians will exchange opinions with Japanese members of parliament, politicians, and persons in the business and financial world, and participate in lectures on a theme chosen in consultation with the group members.
●Cambodian Parliamentary Delegation visits Japan to study Energy Issues
From November 24 to 30, 2012, six parliamentarians from Cambodia visited Japan as part of the 'Parliamentarians exchange program between Asian Countries'. During their time in Japan, the group visited various locations relevant to energy issues. The multi-party group was composed of individuals from the Cambodian 9th Committee, which presides over various issues concerning public affairs including energy and commerce. Though 20 years have passed since the cessation of the civil war in Cambodia, there remain a number of problems in the country's infrastructure.
In particular, in the field of energy generation, not only is the scale of production limited, but the energy supply and power grid in Cambodia are also insubstantial, with just 20.1% of houses having electrical power as of 2009. For this reason, parliamentarians from Cambodia approached the Foundation with a request to study the mechanics of providing a stable power supply and new energy sources. Accordingly, the current program for the visiting parliamentarians was built with a focus on energy problems, in particular energy generation.
The sites visited by the group were: the Agency for Natural Resources, where they listened to a comprehensive lecture on Japan's energy policy, TEPCO Kawasaki Thermal Power Station, Ukishima Solar Power Plant (a joint venture by Kawasaki City and TEPCO), Energia Chugoku Electric Power Research Institute (Jatropha power generation), and Satake Corporation (biomass power generation using rice husks, rice milling machines, etc.). In addition, the group visited the Aeon Mall Co., Ltd., (Koshigaya Lake Town) planned to open in Cambodia in 2014, and were provided with an overview of future perspective in Cambodia.
The group was eager to acquire knowledge on the workings of the energy field in Japan, and asked many questions to their hosts.
Lecture on the Japanese energy policy (Agency for Natural Resources and Energy) [Left] Inspection of TEPCO Kawasaki Thermal Power Station [Right]
Lecture on Ukishima Solar Power Plant [Left] Inspection of the National Diet (House of Representatives Committee Room 1) [Right]
Lecture at Aeon Lake Town [Left] Listening to a lecture on biomass power generation from Jatropha (Chugoku Power Co. Inc., Energia Economic and Technical Research Institute) [Right]
Lecture on the grain scanner (grain image analysis) (Satake Co. Ltd.) [Left] Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum[Right]
||The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
CIESF（Cambodia International Education Support Foundation）, Secretariat of the Asian Parliament
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