- Project Leader : Ohnishi Nobuhiro (Faculty of Bioenvironmental Science, Kyoto Gakuen University)
- Collaborators : Ando Kazuo (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
- : Yajima Kichiji (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
- : Minamide Kazuyo (Department of International Studies and Liberal Arts, St.Andrew’s University)
- : Tatsumi Kazuko (Extension Center, Yamaguchi University)
- : Nakano Keiji (Product Production Term, Hozucho Jichi Association)
- : Tanaka Toyofumi (NPO SHUO OSHIMA Natural Feeling Experience Club)
- : Khin Oo (Yezin University of Agriculture)
- : Akkel Ali (Joint Rural Development Sangstha)
Outline of Research
Due to the influence of globalization, rural communities in Japan are experiencing the loss of native cultures and their vitality is disappearing. The same has also become an issue in Asian developing countries. Recently in Japan, peoples’ organizations such as NPOs have just started alternative rural development approaches based on their wisdom and pride to “live out our lives in our rural communities”. This research will invite counterparts who are involved in rural development from communities in Bangladesh and Myanmar to conduct practice-oriented area studies through mutual learning in Japan so that they can exchange their experience and opinions with Japanese counterparts in order to help search for solutions to problems. Prof. Khin Oo will be invited as a visiting research fellow to CSEAS in 2011 to conduct her research on the application of alternative rural development approaches to agricultural extensions in Myanmar.
The objective of this research is to invite counterparts who are involved in rural development in communities in Bangladesh and Myanmar who will conduct practice-oriented area studies through a mutual learning workshop and PLA in rural Japan with their Japanese counterparts. Through this, they will learn an alternative rural development approach based on their wisdom and pride to “live out our lives in rural communities” and exchange their experience and opinions with each other.
The significance and expected results of this research will be to develop “Area Studies as Practical Learning” through action research so that the scholars can lead to the creation and practice of an alternative paradigm in area studies such as “Co-working Study”. This research will conduct PLA and create an international grass-roots workshop in rural Japan along with counterparts from Bangladesh, Myanmar and Japan so that they can compare their experience from each country and establish a grassroots network linking people’s organizations, NGOs, NPOs and researchers participating in this action research. Through the results gathered from this research, we hope to illustrate a new potential of area studies in a practical way.