Jakarta, 23 November 2005
1. Land title documents of Banda Aceh City, that were damaged by tsunami disaster, has been treated for restoration with the support from Japan, and the final process of restoration starts on November 23, 2005. The commemoration ceremony is held in the National Archives of Indonesia, Jakarta. During the ceremony, His Excellency Yutaka Iimura, Ambassador of Japan in Indonesia, Mr. Taufik Effendi, State Minister for Administrative Reform, Mr. Dhoko Utomo, the Director General of National Archives of Indonesia and Mr. Joyo Winoto, the Head of National Land Agency get together and symbolically press the button of freeze dry vacuum chamber, which is utilized for the restoration process.
2. The necessary equipment, such as freeze dry vacuum chamber, digital camera scanner, computer software, were procured by utilizing Non-Project type Grant Aid totalling up to US$ 146 million, which was given to Indonesia by Japan. The freeze dry vacuum chamber is specifically designed and prepared for this restoration process upon order. The restoration of the flooded land documents has become possible only with the unique technology and know-how developed in Japan for historical document conservation.
3. In the previous steps of restoration process, in January right after the tsunami attacked Aceh, a Japanese expert, Mr. Isamu Sakamoto started working with Indonesian partners to save 6,565 land document books, corresponding to 42,966 land titles, by sterilizing the documents using ethanol liquid, and then stabilized them in a freeze cold storage to protect the documents from further irremediable damage. As the final step, from November 23rd, the documents will be dried up by the freeze dry vacuum chamber, and then will be digitalized by digital camera scanner to build up cadastral map database of land titles. These activities are expected to contribute to the rehabilitation and reconstruction process in Banda Aceh by enabling more rapid data search on land titles.