ARI will be on the radio/podcast program “Learning about Disaster Prevention and Mitigation”

(Please listen to it if you’d like the radio program in Japanse) ARI’s director and chaplains got interviewed for CRT Tochigi Broadcasting’s special radio program, “Learning about Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.” They will talk about the ARI experience of the March 11 Tohoku earthquake. ARI’s broadcasts will be on March 4 and 11. (Re-broadcasts will be on March 5 and 12) The program will also be available via podcast. Details: CRT Tochigi Broadcasting Program name: “JA Kyosairen Tochigi Presents Special News Program: Learning Disaster Prevention and Mitigation” This program … Read more

Message from the New Chair of the Board

The former chair, Masaoki Hoshino, retired on May 31, 2022, and the new chair, Toshimasa Yamamoto, assumed office on June 1, 2022. My name is Toshimasa Yamamoto and I am pleased to have become the new chairperson for the ARI Board of Directors. I look forward to working with you. My first encounter with Asia outside of Japan was when I stayed for a year in Indonesia during my college days in 1972 as a participant on the International Christian Youth Exchange program. After returning to Japan, I visited ARI … Read more

Notice of suspension towards acceptance of working visitors

Thank you for your support to ARI. The 2022 overseas participants have been unable to come to Japan because of difficulties towards issuing visas due to the influence of COVID-19.However, there are some participants who have gotten visas, and will come to Japan one after another from this week. The number of rooms is limited for new participants to implement infection countermeasures against COVID-19.Therefore, we have decided to suspend the acceptance of working visitors for a while. We are really sorry for those who were looking forward to visiting ARI. … Read more

We will start accepting visitors

Because the state of emergency will be lifted soon, we will start accepting working visitors from October 13th. We’re looking forward to seeing you! 【Applying】* We ask all visitors to stay more than one week.* Working visitors are required to submit records of body temperature 2 weeks before your arrival. Please apply in advance. Apply from here:

“Adding Value” – documentary about Ardhendu Chatterjee

A new documentary film is now accessible on our YouTube channel: Adding Value – Ardhendu S. Chatterjee and Food-Insecure Farmers In Search of Hidden Resources. In this documentary film, we follow rural educator Ardhendu S. Chatterjee as he visits farmers in grassroots Indian communities. Through the perceptive use of natural, living materials, Chatterjee helps farmers practice ecological agriculture to secure their livelihood. Chatterjee is a 1976 graduate of ARI’s Rural Leaders Training and co-founder of the Development Research Communication and Services Centre (DRCSC) in Kolkata. ARI regularly invited him as … Read more

Our 2020 Annual Report – now available in English!

You can now read our 2020 Annual Report That We May Live Together in English! The report is a detailed overview of our training, our farm, and our many activities with supporters and learners from Japan and overseas in 2020. Of course, the report directs particular attention to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. How did it affect ARI, and what actions did we at ARI take to ensure safety? While maintaining community life, we spent the year without compromising ARI’s values but instead reaffirmed the importance of those values. … Read more

Notice of suspension of accepting visitors

According to the preventive measures is declared from August 8th in Tochigi prefecture, we suspend accepting visitors until August 31st.  Thank you for your understanding.

Class of 2021

The photo roaster of class of 2021 is published! Please read from here : Class of 2021 For the 2021 Rural Leaders Training Program, we have invited 24 candidates from overseas. Their arrival is yet to be decided as the suspension of Japanese visas continues due to COVID-19 measures.However, three Japanese participants have joined ARI this April and already started their training on campus.We hope that the worldwide spread of the coronavirus will end so that all overseas candidates can join our studies as soon as possible.


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