Dams as Power, Dams as Aid
Repercussions of Dams in Japan & Japanese Aid to Southeast
Date: February 12, 2005. 13:30-15:30
Plaza Kyoto (2 minutes from JR Kyoto Station)
Tickets: 4,000 yen (covers participation in all APG Kyoto Workshops
Japanese financing of dams has led to destruction of communities
ecosystems in both Japan and countries in Southeast Asia. In
while dam development is on the decline, there are still some
and unnecessary dam projects in progress. The impacts of Japan’s
development are not, however, limited to its own borders. Japanese
official financing, (including bilateral ODA and multilateral
through international financial institutions) has contributed
resettlement and impoverishment of thousands of people and destruction
of the natural environment in Southeast Asia as well. Presentations
will be made on specific dam projects in Japan, the Philippines
Laos. We hope this will be food for thought for what needs to
in order to move away from reliance on this destructive form
i) International Networks Address Destructive Dams
Masahito Ujiie (Suigen-ren; Water Resource Development Issues
--Introduction to Rivers Watch East and Southeast Asia (RWESA)
network in Japan
--Introduction to the World Commission on Dams (WCD) and its
ii) The Village that Defeated a Dam Plan?The Success Story
Megumi Fujita (former Mayor of Kitouson Village)
--How Kitouson Village fought against and successfully stopped
Hosokouchi Dam Project.
iii) Dams in Southeast Asia and the role of Japanese financing
a) San Roque Dam (Philippines): Report on the problems facing
by this dam constructed with loans from Japan.
Presentation by Hozue Hatae (FoE Japan.)
b) Nam Theun 2 Dam (Laos): Explanation of the threats
livelihoods of thousands of villagers by this dam project now
considered for financing by the World Bank.
Presentation by Aviva Imhof (International Rivers Network) and
Matsumoto (Mekong Watch)
iv) Panel Discussion / Question and Answer
About the Organizers
This workshop is being organized by Rivers Watch East &
Southeast Asia-Japan (RWESA-J). RWESA is a network of NGOs from
countries in East and Southeast Asia that are taking up
environmental and social issues resulting from river
development/destruction. RWESA’s Japanese members make up RWESA-J.
Namely, FoE Japan, JACSES, Mekong Watch and Suigen-ren.
[Note: After this workshop, a seminar on the Nam Theun 2 dam
project in Laos will be held in the same building from 16:00.
Activists from NGOs in the US, Thailand and Laos are being invited
to speak at this seminar organized by the ODA Reform Network.]