For Japanese Fiscal Year of 2015, we organized a study tour program in Japan for a week in February 2016, inviting AFHC member cities in ASEAN countries in collaboration with the Japan Foundation Asia Center Exchange Program.
Theme of the program was “Healthy Cities Exchange Program: Improvement of Healthy Food, Nutrition and Dieting”. In these days, many people in the region suffer from health problems due to obesity and lifestyle related diseases caused by rapid change of lifestyle. With promulgation of the Health Promotion Law of 2003 as well as national health promotion such as Health Japan 21, almost every local government carries out healthy cities policies at community levels focusing on proper food and nutrition with voluntary participation of citizens’ various groups. Industries are also active as the health related market is growing more rapidly than ever.
In this study tour program, we invited participants to Japan and shared the experience of Healthy Cities with focus on food and nutritional activities promoted jointly by local city and citizen. Applicants observed the function of the community health center and how voluntary “health mates” were organized as a main stakeholders of healthy food promotion. Also, we visited various places related to healthy cities and observed the latest healthy food scene.
Arrive at Narita International Airport
Check in a hotel in Tokyo
Orientation and Welcome Party
Inspection tour of the Tsukiji Food Market
Symposium on Healthy Cities at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Visit Nishitokyo City's City Hall
Visit Owariasahi City's City Hall
Inspection tour of the School Lunch Center
Visit local elementary school
Visit Owariasahi City Dietary Health Mate Council
Visit Kashiwa City's City Hall
Visit Kashiwa City Dietary Health Mate Council
Inspection tour of Yamazaki Baking Company's factory
Visit Kawasaki Daishi Temple
Completion Ceremony & Farewell Party
Check out a hotel in Tokyo
Depart from Narita International Airport
Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo Medical and Dental University is located in the Yushima/ Shoheizaka area, which is considered the sacred birthplace of scholarship and learning in Japan. As a comprehensive medical university, TMDU cultivates “professionals with knowledge and humanity” who embark on a lifetime of service, advancing the health and social welfare of people in the local community and spreading their wings to do the same in other communities across the globe.
Nishitokyo City is located virtually at the center of the Musashino Plateau, in the northwestern part of Tokyo. Nishitokyo City was formed out of a merger of the cities of Tanashi and Hoya in January 2001. Encouraging people to “Enjoy the friendly, community spirit of Nishitokyo while enjoying urban living,” the city is actively adopting policies focused on the development of the urban infrastructure, education, welfare, and environment, and health. Nishitokyo currently has a population of 198,000, making it the fifth largest city in the Tama region in Tokyo. The city is home to over 3,000 registered foreign residents (1.5 % of the population) from
about 70 different countries.
Owariasahi City is located in the northwest of Aichi, in the center of Japan’s main island. As of April 2013, the city had 82,192 gross population. The city is between Nagoya, 4th biggest city in Japan, and Seto, which is famous for its pottery and ceramics. There are many various parks and reservoirs for farming, where people can enjoy lots of greenery, and the country side. The city has the advantages both of the convenience of a city and the atmosphere of a good environment．
Owariasahi was admitted to WHO (World Health Organization) in 2004 and has promoted a plan for the well-being of the people. In particular, family doctors and family dentists are required to prevent and cure diseases which demonstrate the significant role medical institutions play in bringing this idea to fruition.
Kashiwa City is located just 30 km from the capital, Tokyo. It boasts natural features such as Teganuma and the Tonegawa River, as well as a bustling commercial district centered around Kashiwa Station and a center for new industry in the Kashiwanoha neighborhood. Since its establishment in 1954, the city has become renowned as a bedroom community for Tokyo, which fueled its rapid growth. On March 28, 2005, the towns of Kashiwa and Shonan were joined to form the new city of Kashiwa, with a population of 400,000 and covering about 115 km2. Via railway, Kashiwa station is only 30 minutes away from Tokyo’s Ueno Station on the JR Joban Line, while Tsukuba Express links Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture with Akihabara in Tokyo via Kashiwa City. As a result, two new stations have opened in the city. Development near the new stations has already begun, with shopping centers and large-scale residential buildings now under construction. Future urban development efforts will adhere to a strategy of developing ties with universities and other institutions to create a city dedicated to “the environment, health, creation and exchange.” At the same time, they will focus on establishing new industries that take advantage of such local resources as Kashiwa's cluster of academic and research facilities.
Central Wholesale Market
Tokyo Central Wholesale Market handles 787,782 tons (2,888 tons a day) of marine products, 748 billion yen (2.8 billion yen a day) total . Some 450 kinds of fish are received; this figure is unparalleled in the world. Marine products sections are set up in three markets: Tsukiji, Ohta and Adachi. Above all Tsukiji Market, handling 87 % of the total amount, is one of the biggest markets in the world.
Kawasaki Daishi Temple
The revered and principal object of worship at this temple is the imageof Buddhist priest Kukai, also well known by his posthumous name, Kobo Daishi, which means “the great master who spread the Buddhist teachings.” During the Heian era Kobo Daishi introduced Shingon Buddhism to Japan, and is still considered the founder of these teachings in Japan. Kobo Daishi was born in 774 A.D. in Sanuki. He went to the capitalto enter college at the age of eighteen, where, in order to become a government bureaucrat, he studied Confucian classics, as well as Chinese literature and history. Suddenly, however, Kobo Daishi dropped out of college and became a Buddhist monk. Kawasaki Daishi was founded in 1128 by the samurai Hirama Kanenori and the priest Sonken. The temple is the head temple of the Chizan sect of Shingon Buddhism. Kawasaki Daishi is a very popular temple for New Year worship, attracting well over a million supplicants.