Person of the Week: Tetsuo Tsumuraya

    At 62, Tetsuo Tsumuraya hopes to bring solution to Bhutan’s garbage problem.

    Tsumuraya is a senior volunteer for the Japan International Cooperation Agency. JICA sent him to Bhutan two years ago to help address the garbage problem in Bhutan.

    “I thought I’d do whatever I could,” Tsumuraya was quoted by Daily Yomiuri Online as saying. “So, first of all, I introduced the idea of starting a recycling business, as it would be a way to turn recyclable garbage into money.”

    Tsumuraya also helped build a factory for breaking down plastic bottles.

    He joined JICA after retiring as manager at the environment planning section of the municipal government of Yokosuka in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture.

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