3月 122011

Thanks for Mr. Feri Aramsyah and colleagues of Universitas Andalas, West Sumatera Province, Indonesia, I had an opportunity to give lecture on Japanese constitutional system and its dynamics in modern Japanese history. This lecture was held on 25th February.

Handout for this lecture is attached (Indonesian language):  paper_for_lecture_at_unand_on20110225

I visited Padang for field research on the reconstruction post-earthquake.

After lecture at Unand

After lecture at Unand

3月 122011

I have a opportunity to give a lecture on Indonesian law and disaster recovery at the Central Readiness Force (CRF). CRF is a unit of the Self Defence Force of Japan that is in charge of UN Peace Keeping Operation (PKO) and international emergency relief activity.

Through discussion with a legal officer of CRF, I realized that the International emergency relief activities had far less clear international law status than PKO.  They have to be careful about private law issues that might occur during their activity. Thus, it is very important for them to know legal system in countries where they possibly operate.

PPT file (in Japanese, PDF) for this lecture is here: 20110308_lecture_at_crf

3月 022011

Visited site:

Situ Gintung Dam (Tanggerang district, suburban of Jakarta)

3 years ago, this dam clashed and caused serious flood and land slide. More than 100 died in this accident. Even though heavy rain was natural hazard, but this hazard became disaster by two social reason.

First, ill-maintenance of dam. This dam was built by Dutch colonial government before the WWII. Its quite old! Recent years, residents around the dam reported to the authority about the clack on dyke as well as water gate. Then, government authorized budget amount to 1.5 billion Rupiah for maintenance, but finally the dam was not repaired. The budge became running road around dam because the dam was sightseeing spot. The construction of this running road make the dam safety condition worse.

Second, many people (usually poor to lower middle class) built their houses on river bank illegally. Since the collapse of Soeharto regime, land administration does not work accordingly. Many people start building their house on the bank since late 1990s. Land authority knows this illegal situation but let them go, and local government, surprisingly, issued the certification of land tax payment for those illegal building. Thus, formal institution did nothing to prevent such high risk situation according to valid regulations.

(continued to research in Padang)

1月 312011

Presentation in the last class is on the disaster management system in Myanmar.

members of shimada's seminar

seminar members

Research subjects of each member are (from the left):

Han — humanitarian intervention

Kyuji — human trafficking

Luis — Superime Audit Institution

Oce — Judicial reform

Oku — Rights of indigenous population

Yamin — disaster management

Yoko — Immigration policy

Yayoi: International Criminal Court

1月 272011



10月 262010

Erupsi Gunung Merapi tinggal menunggu waktu dan diperkirakan erupsi itu bersifat eksplosif setelah statusnya naik menjadi Awas sejak Senin (25/10) pukul 06.00 (Kompus, 26 Oktober 2010)





10月 022010











6月 012010

マレーシア・クアラルンプールでAsian Law Instituteの第7回研究総会があり、出席・報告してきました。日本では数えるほどしかいないアジア法研究者ですが、世界からかき集めれば250人以上が出席しました。