Translation - English Zendoji Temple and its Cultural Properties
Zendoji is a temple of the Pure Land (Jodo) School of Buddhism. Pure Land Buddhism in Japan is one of the schools founded by the monk Honen, and Zendoji Temple was founded by a disciple of his known as Shokobo Ben’na . The temple flourished in the Muromachi Period under the protection of the Ouchi Clan (who at the time ruled over the Fukuoka area), and later in the Edo Period under the Kuroda Clan (the lords of Fukuoka Domain).
Zendoji Temple houses a number of valuable Cultural Properties, including wooden statues of Buddhist figures made in the Muromachi Period (a standing statue of Master Shandao & sitting statue of Master Chinzei ), a boat’s anchor stone (of a Yuan Dynasty style) marked for the year 1358 CE, a bonsho bell from the Edo Period, and various paintings and documents archiving the temple’s history. With recognition at both the prefectural and city level, these properties are currently under careful preservation.
Japanese to English: FY2017 Water Quality Testing Plan General field: Tech/Engineering Detailed field: Construction / Civil Engineering
1. Based on this water quality testing plan, we conduct water quality tests at the Water Quality Center and five purification plants, to make sure that our city’s water is safe and high-quality, conforming to the water quality standards specified by the Waterworks Law and Regulations (hereafter referred to as ‘Law’).
2. In order to ensure the stable supply of better quality water, we monitor the quality at the water’s source, and conduct water quality tests to confirm that the water is properly purified and sent to individual faucets. To improve water quality even further, we are also engaged in the ‘Project for Safe, Better-Tasting Tap Water’.
3. We regularly conduct water quality tests for factors necessary to water quality control, in addition to the daily test factors and water quality standard factors specified in the Law.
4. According to the Law, we are allowed to reduce the number of, or abbreviate, the water quality tests we conduct based on the results of tests on the source water and the purified water. However, in order to provide an even greater degree of certainty of our water’s safety, we do not make use of this allowance, and conduct tests of all items on a monthly basis.
5. In order to instill confidence in our water quality testing, we have specialized analyses performed at our Waterworks GLP-certified*1 Water Quality Center.
Japanese to English: Asian-Pacific City Summit Newsletter, September 2017 Edition General field: Other Detailed field: Government / Politics
Translation - English ■ROAP-Fukuoka’s Activities in the Asia-Pacific Region over Two Decades
The first several years of operation following our start in 1997 were more difficult that we could have imagined. In the beginning, we assumed that projects carried out by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the UN Development Programme (our primary donors at the time) would increase, but due to factors like the 1997 Asian financial crisis, we were ultimately unable to move forward as we originally wanted.
The scope of ROAP-Fukuoka activities really began to expand in 2004. We received a request from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to oversee a plan to build some 250 school facilities, from kindergartens to universities, in (at the time) post-war Iraq.
Following that, a number of large natural disasters occurred in the Asia-Pacific Region, the first of which was the 2004 Sumatra-Indian Ocean earthquake. After this was:
-The October 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, Pakistan
-The May 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake in Java, Indonesia
-In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and earthquake in Sichuan, China
-The October 2008 earthquake in Quetta, Pakistan
-The severe ‘zud’ winter season across Mongolia from 2009 to 2010
-Flooding during Pakistan’s rainy seasons from 2010 to 2012
-The November 2013 super hurricane ‘Yolanda’ which struck the Philippines
-The March 2015 cyclone ‘Pam’ which caused great damage to Vanuatu
-Finally, the earthquake in Nepal in April of the same year.
ROAP-Fukuoka has gone into these disaster-stricken areas to support relief and recovery efforts, in cooperation with the relevant national and local governments, as well as the people who live there.
The Asia-Pacific Region is also stage to many civil conflicts. East Timor saw itself become independent through an armed struggle, and while civil wars in Nepal and Sri Lanka have reached a form of conclusion, the armed conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to this day. As a result, there has been a great loss of life and an uptick in migration, resettlement, and repatriation.
Japan has seen its share of natural disasters as well, including northern Kyushu and Fukuoka. Following the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, a number of UN-Habitat employees joined the volunteer relief efforts in support of NGOs working in the area. As a part of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ support projects, ROAP-Fukuoka visits disaster-struck areas one year after the event has occurred. We have visited 11 such areas to help contribute to their recovery work and offer support.
Our work in Afghanistan is the largest of its type among ROAP-Fukuoka projects, making up roughly half of our branch’s budget. The Afghan government is one of our important partners, and as of 2017 they became an official member of the UN-Habitat Governing Council.
After Afghanistan, our next-largest projects are in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, and have been carried out there since 2009. With support from various donor countries as well as the Indian government, we rebuilt many houses for the Tamil people. In Myanmar, our efforts were focused on recovery after Cyclone Nargis in 2008, and following this, we are involved in the maintenance of homes for minority communities in Myanmar.
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