My journey to this moment began when I met Professor NAGATSU during his research visit to Buton Island, my hometown. His introduction to the vibrant activities of the KAPAL community sparked my interest and led me to engage further with this esteemed group. The focus of my research delves into the nuanced and pivotal role of Indonesian diplomacy within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), specifically examining its efforts in mediating conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia.

Preparation Phase:

In anticipation of the lightning talk, I embarked on a rigorous process of data collection and presentation practice. I was fortunate to receive invaluable assistance from two distinguished professors. Professor FUKUTAKE facilitated my registration from outside Japan, ensuring my participation was seamless. Meanwhile, Professor MASUHARA offered critical insights into refining my methodology and enhancing my presentation materials, for which I am profoundly grateful.

Adapting to Challenges:

Originally, I had envisioned attending the seminar in person in Japan. However, due to unforeseen health issues and a recent hospitalization, I was compelled to adapt and participate online. The greatest hurdle I encountered was navigating the limitations of my hometown’s internet connectivity, which pales in comparison to the broadband speeds available in larger Indonesian cities. Despite these challenges, I am proud to say that I managed to navigate these obstacles successfully.

A Moment of Reflection:

The conclusion of my presentation was marked by engaging questions from two professors regarding my research, a moment that significantly bolstered my motivation. This interaction has inspired me to strive for excellence in future seminars.

I cannot express enough gratitude to all committee members who offered their support from the inception to the culmination of this event. A special word of thanks goes to Professor FUKUTAKE. I deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused and extend my sincerest thanks for everything.

In closing, I wish to convey my appreciation for the unwavering support and kindness shown by the KAPAL community and its members. This experience has been immensely rewarding, and I eagerly look forward to contributing to and participating in future seminars.

Thank you once again for this invaluable opportunity.

Naldy Nirmanto Tjondronegoro (Graduate School of Dayanu Ikhsanuddin University)


発見と適応の旅: KAPAL研究者コミュニティとの刺激的な体験