Myanmar is basically an organism economy with approximately 40 million people dependent upon agriculture in rural areas. Aflatoxin is one of the main food-safety concerns in field crops in Myanmar. So my research interest is to assess the level of aflatoxin in specified food. I am working as a mid-level manager in government food safety regulatory authority so I would like to utilize the course as effectively as possible in improving the quality and safety of food in Myanmar, within the resources available. Firstly I would like to thank JICA, NFRI, Ministry of health and Sports and the Embassy of Japan in Myanmar for giving me the opportunity to attend the JICA-Kirin fellowship program and Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd for sponsoring and funding for all expenditures. I would especially like to deeply thank my advisor, Masayo Kushiro and all the members of Chemical Hazard Unit for teaching and guiding me how to analyze toxins by efficient detection methods of aflatoxigenic fungi (DV-AM method – Dichlorvos-Ammonia) for identifying AF producing fungi using DV and AM vapor on Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) culture plates, Glucose, Yeast Extract (GY) Agar culture plates and Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) method and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) methods. At the beginning of a research experience, I will learn everything and it’s all new and exciting. So I’ll need to ask how to do tasks, what the equipment is called, where to find the reagents and how to clean and dispose used equipment. But I can predict my days will become easier with experience.
This is my first visit to Japan and what I noticed is that the city is so clean. My impression is that most Japanese people are very kind, considerate and seem to be very hard-working and pretty smart. Although everything is expensive in Japan, I like to go shopping because shop assistants can explain to me patiently and they are very friendly. Also, transportation system is very convenient and safe. They have buses, subways and trains that are always on time. I think if I live in Japan one year, I will have many good experiences in Japan.