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    The Governor Discussed Some Important Points with the Japanese Minister of Environment

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    TOKYO — West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil during his visit to Japan met specifically with Japanese Environment Minister [LH] Tsukasa Akimoto, Monday (5/20/19) local time.

    Governor Ridwan Kamil at the meeting which was also attended by the Vice Minister for Global Environment Affairs of the Japanese Ministry of Environment Yasuo Takahashi presented a very long cooperation relationship between Indonesia and Japan with West Java. "Our province is arguably the second home for Japanese people in Indonesia," said the governor who was familiarly called Emil.

    According to him, even West Java is similar to Japan which has many volcanoes, earthquake disasters and often experiences tsunami disasters. The meeting with Yoshiaki Harada also delivered two plans for his cooperation. "First, it relates to metropolitan and the second is about disaster," Emil said.

    Regarding metropolitan, it ensures that the focus is on environmental control, one of which is urban waste management. West Java plans in the future that waste management can be environmentally friendly as it is in Japan. "As a Governor, I oversee 27 cities, where if there is one successful environmental project, I will set an example for other regions," he explained.

    According to him, the first step in completing urban waste is done by West Java by building a waste management and processing facility (PPAS) Lulut, Nambo, Bogor or Luna. Luna, whose project value reaches US $ 60 million, will service waste in Bogor Raya plus South Tangerang.

    "Now we will build five facilities from plastic waste to fuel. If this succeeds, urban plastic waste can be taken and made into fuel. "It will reduce plastic waste that pollutes the environment," the governor said.

    Minister Tsukasa Akimoto also conveyed the West Java plan which would be the first province to include disaster curricula in primary and secondary schools. "Therefore we are asking for help, for example the teaching modules in schools that we can train to teachers and be taught to school children," Emil said.

    In addition, he also asked for technological assistance on how to change the Citarum, which is still the dirtiest river, to become the cleanest river. "Because the president assigned me 5 years to clean up, hopefully the Minister can help me," he said.

    On this occasion, Minister Tsukasa Akimoto welcomed the plan and the cooperation offer submitted by West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil. Especially related to the disaster curriculum, where it can apply it to learn from a number of disasters that hit Japan. "We learned a lot from experience hit by disasters, in the East in Japan," he said.

    Particularly regarding Citarum, he claimed to have visited Jakarta and saw the condition of the Ciliwung river. Akimoto said that his side recommended what he had done so that the river would be clean. "At each particular point a water management facility is built before being discharged into the river. "In the past, rivers in Tokyo were polluted, now it's clean," he said.

    According to him, with the existence of a water management facility, before dirty water enters the river, it is first cleaned in filtration. Akimoto calculated that building the facility would not be too high.

    "And we can help. We are also committed to providing support and cooperation with your father's province. We are also ready to strengthen cooperation with JICA to strengthen relations with you, "said the Minister.

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