2017.11.24 - Event

Report on the 2017 New Silk Sericulture Summit in Yamaga
An opportunity to re-recognize new possibilities of silk, towards the future!

The 1st “2017 New Silk Sericulture Summit in Yamaga” (an extended version of the Yamaga Silk Seminar, held in 2016), was held this past November 9th/10th 2017, for 2 days.
itochu fashion system co., ltd. is entrusted with the operation and publicity of this project from the SILK on VALLEY YAMAGA Project Promotion Council and would like to report on the outcome of this summit.

9th / New Silk Sericulture Summit in Yamaga / Summit outline
On the 9th, to a seating capacity of 400 people, over 430 guests attended, making it such an immense success that a satellite venue needed to be established.
Talks on new business possibilities of silk sericulture were given by Sputniko!, a modern artist whom created an art piece utilizing “glowing silk” developed through gene-recombination by the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization / RCA-IIS Tokyo Design Lab, Associate Professor, Mr. Kengo Suzuki, Executive of EUGLENA CO., LTD., etc. The summit became a good opportunity for participants to learn specific developments in sericulture and feel its possibilities of future business.
We also had guest speakers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries / Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, to lecture on the nation’s efforts towards the revitalization of sericulture, in addition to lectures on the latest activities of overseas sericulture, such as France, Thailand, etc., and domestic efforts by Kyotango City and others.

新シルク蚕業サミット in やまが 会場
Date/Time: November 9th, 2017, 13:30 ― 18:00
Place: Yamaga People-to-People Exchanges Center, Culture Hall / Yachiyoza / Tenntyounokura, etc.
Sponsored by: SILK on VALLEY YAMAGA Project Promotion Council
(Yamaga City / ATSUMARU HOLDINGS / ATSUMARU YAMAGA SILK)
Supported by: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries / Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Kumamoto Prefecture / Kumamoto University / Higo Bank / ITOCHU Corporation and others
Number of attendants: Total 430 people (not including visitors to the exhibition at the foyer)
Lectures of the day / lecture scenes

① Greetings from the sponsor: Yamaga City, Mayor, Mr. Kensei Nakashima
② Greetings from guests:
Kumamoto Prefecture, Deputy Governor, Mr. Taisuke Ono
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council, Research Councilor, Mr. Yoshihisa Hishinuma
Kumamoto Prefecture Industrial Policy Advisor / Visiting Professor, Mr. Shigeru Sakai
新シルク蚕業サミット 来賓挨拶
③ Lecture
Silk of the future, and the future of silk. Modern Artist / RCA-IIS Tokyo Design Lab
Associate Professor, Sputniko!
新シルク蚕業サミット 特任准教授 スプツニ子!氏
Creation of bio-industry utilizing local bioresource
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council, Director, Mr. Shinichi Mizumoto

新シルク蚕業サミット 水元伸一氏

On the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s efforts in promoting kimono wear
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Lifestyle Industries Division, Senior Planner in charge of textiles, Mr. Takeshi Yano
新シルク蚕業サミット 矢野剛史氏

④ Project progress report: Progress report on SILK on VALLEY YAMAGA Project
ATSUMARU HOLDINGS, Executive Director, Mr. Yuta Shimada
Kumamoto University, Trustee / Vice-President, Mr. Taizo Matsumoto
新シルク蚕業サミット プロジェクト進捗報告

⑤ Report on workshop experience
“Silk worms are creatures which make the future”, Yamaga Junior high school,
7th grade, Integrated study, sericulture course, 32 students
“Silkworms spins dreams”, Kahoku Junior high school, 7th grade, whole class,
18 students
新シルク蚕業サミット ワークショップ体験報告

⑥ Lecture
Overview and prospect of the “Creation of New Industries through a Sericulture Revolution”
National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Division of Biotechnology, New Silk Research Unit, Chief, Ms. Keiko Kadono
“The research of euglena, and possibilities in sericulture”,
EUGLENA CO., LTD., Executive, Mr. Kengo Suzuki
新シルク蚕業サミット 講演

The now of silk industry in Thailand, and towards the future
THAILAND TEXILE INSTITUTE, Executive Director, Mr. Chanchai Sirikasemlert
新シルク蚕業サミット 講演
The silk industry and fashion in Europe. It’s future Representative, Ms. Sylvie Testman

The present state and future of silk business in the world,
MATSUMURA Co. Ltd., Managing Director, Mr. Takayasu Matsunaga
The new silk industry creation project of Kyotango City
Kyotango City, Commercial and Industrial Sightseeing Department,
Commercial and Industrial Promotion Section, Section Chief, Mr. Naoyoshi Takahashi
新シルク蚕業サミット 講演

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■10th / New Silk Sericulture Summit in Yamaga / Open seminar
In continuance from the 9th, on the 10th, an open seminar was held for silk sericulture industry people, to provide further information on business and research/development aspects.
Initially, we had anticipated around 50 participants, but by the application deadline we had received 104 applications, and adding sudden that-day participants, a total of 125 participants gathered, making the seminar an enormous success.
On this day, there were reports on the Smart Sericulture Project, a research/development project to establish new sericulture technologies, etc., promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, a more details progress report on sericulture by ATSUMARU Holdings, whom spoke the day before, announcement by Ehime Prefecture which runs Nomura Silk which has succeeded in adding high value through silkworm (silkworm eggs) cultivation and original silk yarn processing, etc. Through these reports and announcements, in continuance to the 9th, we are confident we have been able to convey the present state of silk sericulture and how actively new developments are being made.

Date/Time: November 10th, 2017, 10:30 – 12:15 (1hr 45min.)
Place: Yamaga City Hall, 5F, 501 meeting room
 Sponsored by: SILK on VALLEY YAMAGA Project Promotion Council
(Yamaga City / ATSUMARU HOLDINGS / ATSUMARU YAMAGA SILK)
 Supported by: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries / Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Kumamoto Prefecture / Kumamoto University / Higo Bank / ITOCHU Corporation and others
 Number of attendants: Total 125 people
 Lectures of the day / lecture scenes

① Greetings: SILK on VALLEY YAMAGA Project Promotion Council, Chairman, Mr. Hisashi Ikeda
② Greetings from guests: National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Division of Biotechnology, Division Manager, Mr. Koichi Kadowaki ③ Lectures
Introduction, progress report and prospects of the Smart Sericulture Project
National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Division of Biotechnology, New Silk Research Unit, Mr. Tetsuya Iizuka
Efforts of ATSUMARU HD and Kumamoto University
ATSUMARU HOLDINGS, Executive Director, Mr. Yuta Shimada
Kumamoto University, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Assistant Professor, Mr. Hiroto Ota
The tradition and innovation of Ehime silk industry
Ehime Prefecture, Ministry of Economic Labor, Industry Support Bureau, Director, Mr. Kunio Sekiguchi
REBIRTH PROJECT TRADING, Representative President, Mr. Takashi Kawai
General activity conditions of silk industry related companies in France/Italy
Ms. Sylvie Testman
Present state of national support to revitalize the industry, and general conditions in business developments of each corporation
Mr. Chanchai Sirikasemlert