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The 1st Symposium & Workshop on the Future Water System in Kansai District

Date: September 28, 2012
Venue: The Mielparque Kyoto, Japan

Organized by:
Kansai Research Community for Water in the Future

Co-organized by:
Kyoto University Global COE Program “Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities”

Number of attendants: more than 40

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‘The 1st Symposium & Workshop on the Future Water System in Kansai District’ was held at the Mileparque Kyoto on September 28th, 2012. The purpose of this symposium and workshop is to pursue the relationship between water and urban activities in Kansai region, with integrated knowledge and technologies, which water utilities, private company, and universities have been working for some significant issues related to water system; the installation of advanced treatment technologies, earthquake resistant measures based on the 1995 earthquake experiences, and so on.
In the first session, Mr. Yuya SATO, invited from Hamagin Research Institute, Ltd., has a lecture on challenges for appropriate management of water supply business in the future, including some case studies and implementation matter related to asset management in water sector, financial resource management, the new accounting system for water utilities. In the second session, using the workshop method with the involvements of water professionals in Kansai region, we would discuss the future challenges of water system in Kansai region.


At first, Assoc. Prof. Hirayama, an organizer of this workshop and symposium and a chairperson of Kansai Research Community for Water in the Future, would address the objectives of this event.
In the first session, Mr. Sato had a presentation on the future challenges for suitable management and sound finance in water utilities. In his presentation, from the viewpoint of water system management, restructures of human resources, logistics, and finance in water sector is required for adaptation and sustainability of water supply system under the presumed condition of population decrease societies. Some case studies of challenging of enhancement of business management of water system were presented, and the capacity development for enhancement.
In the second session, all of delegates were divided into four groups, and, using the workshop method, we would discuss the external factors surrounding water sector in the future.