“The Secrets of Niger”
On June 22nd 2016, we organized the fifth “Connect to the world! DFP TALK”.
The guest speaker was Ms. Eiko Fukuda, Founder and President of Comment-Niger.
Her talk covered the situation in Niger, where it is known for the setting of “The Little Prince”, and Comment-Niger’s activities, such as the TERAKOYA project.
For 32 years, until The Great East Japan earthquake occurred in 2011, electricity in Japan had been generated by using the uranium from Niger and other countries. The uranium from Niger contributed to producing one hour of electricity out of 24 hours every day.
It seems that many Japanese are very much concerned about where their food comes from, however, they are not concerned about where their source of energy comes from.
We realized Japan and Niger are closely related even though it is not obvious.
Comment-Niger works in close cooperation with companies, universities, and research institutions under the motto of “Let’s start from what we can do”: exporting Japanese green tea to Niger, where green tea is popular, operating an internet café in Niger with the electricity generated by solar power, and doing research on the Sahara Desert greening by scattering garbage. Her talk was very helpful for future DFP’s activities.
Thank you very much Eiko and all the participants!