It is the pleasure for the Station Manager (SM) to inform you all that the official visit to Japan on June 16 - 20, 2013, has been a complete success.
This visit is in the name of the China Arborist Association, & it was announced in the circulation all around Japan in this manner. This also marks the first contact between the Japanese Arborists (which are called the Tree Doctors in Japan) & the Chinese Arborists in any technical & cultural exchange so far. Both the organizers & the SM have been taking this opportunity very seriously, & had prepared well before the visit.
During the official events of June 17 - 19, the SM was shown the old & valuable trees in the Imperial Palace, & in the first western park (Hibiya) of Japan. He was given a full morning of seminar on Tree Planting in Asian Cities, a site demonstration of the latest Decay Detection Equipment in Japan, & a lot of eating & drinking. Both sides practically worked more than 10 hours solid everyday, & Tokyo is a big city to travel around.
Some of the visiting photos can be viewed in the attachment of this message, though not all due to the email size. On the other hand, the SM has been given a lot of the latest information on Tree Risk Assessment (TRA) techniques in Japan (in Japanese language which the SM can read), & their classified tree failure reports of Govt Depts. This will become very useful for our own development in the China Region later.
A major topic of discussion by both sides is on the further cooperation of the two organizations, & the eventual inauguration of the Asia Arboricultural Alliance (AAA). Both sides have contributed thoughts on this matter, & both sides have agreed that we should work together in time, to make it happen. Asia cities have got our own cultural & historical background. Leading the work by our own people would be seen to be more appropriate, though there will be many considerations to take in.
CAA is very grateful for the warm & cordial reception by the Japan Tree Doctors while in Japan, & we have expressed that we are looking forward to a reciprocal visit by them anytime to the China Region. Together we work, we can bring a better tree care environment to the many awaiting cities in Asia.