Our  AFLSP Scholars and buddies from Waseda University went for a study trip to the Sado Island in Niigata prefecture, with professors and staff from the School of Political Science and Economics.

They visited some secondary school students and learned from the local government officers about the agricultural, forestry and fishery industries on the island.

One of the highlights of the trip was meeting Ms. Hitomi Soga, a Sado islander who was abducted with her mother to North Korea forty years ago, and eventually reunited with her family back in her hometown in 2004.

It was an unique experience to learn first-hand of this island lifestyle that is very different to ours!