Irishman in rural Japan to attempt back to back Guinness world records

Chef Alan Fisher will attempt to break the Longest Marathon Baking and Longest Marathon Cooking over an 8 day hospitality festival in Shimane prefecture. Once home to Irish/Greek writer Lafcadio Hearn.

Alan Fisher, Owner/Chef

Alan Fisher, Owner/Chef

Sept. 22, 2023PRLog — Alan, originally from Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland is the Owner/Chef of Irish Restaurant Kyojin Stewhouse and E-commerce site Kyojin Store. In an effort to share Irish food and culture he’ll attempt to break the Guinness World Records for the Longest Marathon Baking targeting more than 250 Irish Soda breads and the Longest Cooking Marathon with over 40 Irish food recipes.

Full Detail overview below:


(1) Longest marathon baking (individual)

Record currently => 31h:16m:00s/Wendy Sandler/USA

(2) Longest cooking marathon (individual)

Record currently => 91h:11m:00s/Hilda Baci/NIGERIA


Guinness World Record Rules say you can have a Sous Chef/Support Chef however Alan has chosen to do all preparing/Baking/Cooking/Cleaning by himself


As per GWR  Guidelines, all food must be consumed. So, it will all be free.


There must be 2 items getting prepared/Baked or Cooked at one time.


The attempts must meet GWR standards for approval. Recipes needed to be pre-approved, a food distribution plan needed to be pre-approved and Attempts must be recorded by video and have 2 witnesses present at all times.


5 minutes break allowed for every active hour worked.

Less than 2hours break per 24 hours depending on active hours worked during that time.


Monday Sept 25th 09:00 start

Target Breaking Wendy’s Record on Tuesday 26th at 16:16


Thursday 16:00 Sept 28th start

Target Breaking Hilda’s Record on Oct 2nd at 13:11

Comments from Alan Below:

“In March, over St Patrick’s Weekend at the I love Ireland Festival in Tokyo, I started working Friday morning and continued all the way through until late Sunday evening. I stayed overnight twice at our kitchen car in Yoyogi park. In the early hours that Sunday, over a warm can of vending machine coffee, I remember wondering if there was a record for such a long work shift. It turns out that there is in fact several Guinness World Records linked to this exact thing. In particular, the Longest Baking marathon and longest Cooking Marathons by an individual.

That got me thinking, for this year’s Little Ireland Festival in Matsue City, I wanted to do something special to celebrate the end of a frustrating few years with the pandemic, showcase Irish Food and Culture as well as creating awareness about the historical Irish connection to this part of Japan through Irish Greek writer Lafcadio Hearn.

I feel that all long hours and hard work I’ve put into the business until now will stand me in good stead. Although, I did turn forty on the 1st of January and if I’m honest with myself, my body is growing weary of such a grinding work schedule. I honestly don’t know if it’s within my power to surpass the incredible achievements of the current record holders Wendy Sandner (Baking) and Helda Baci (Cooking). On the bright side though, after several tough years trying to run a restaurant during the pandemic, it will be a pleasure to channel that negativity and frustration into something positive. I’m eager to roll up my sleeves and give it my best shot. Hopefully, in the process we can showcase some Irish Food and the historical Irish Cultural connection to Shimane prefecture in Japan.”

Comments from Irish Ambassador to Japan, Damien Cole:

“Since 2015, Alan and everyone at the Stewhouse have worked hard to use food as a means to introduce Ireland to people here in Japan. This record attempt presents a daunting challenge, however, I’m sure Alan will do his best and in the process showcase some traditional Irish Food and the Historical connection between the City of Matsue, Shimane and Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn, whose legacy can still be found throughout the prefecture. The very best of luck.”

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Ministry of Rural Development signs MoU to support effective governance systems under DAY- NRLM

Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has signed an MoU with Gurugram-based Veddis Foundation to support setting up of effective governance systems under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM), strengthen State capacities, establish innovative models and implement the national strategy for Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) and SHG convergence.

The partnership with MoRD and Veddis Foundation is for three years and is non-financial in nature. The MoU was signed by Joint Secretary, Rural Livelihoods, Ms. Nita Kejrewal from  MoRD and Mr Murugan Vasudevan, CEO, Veddis Foundation in a meeting chaired by Secretary, Rural Development, Shri Nagendra Nath Sinha.

Speaking on the occasion, Joint Secretary, Rural Livelihoods, Ms. Nita Kejrewal said “Keeping in view the scale of works under DAY-NRLM, particularly in the areas of strengthening federations, specifically the cluster level Federations, it is important to have partnerships with various stakeholders with aligned vision.  We are confident that this partnership with the Veddis Foundation, which has a very good experience in such areas of work, will help MoRD in furthering its agenda in a more effective manner and also ensure much needed technical assistance to SRLMs, including improvement in the governance systems of the states”.

Mr. Murugan Vasudevan, CEO, Veddis Foundation, said on the occasion “Our work with States on the rural livelihoods mission over the last five years has shown that building state capacity is the most important factor in enabling sustainable and effective governance of large multi-stakeholder programs like the DAY-NRLM. We look forward to our partnership with MoRD to establish replicable governance model at scale for such programs”.

As per the MoU, Veddis Foundation will establish a PMU in the Rural Livelihood (RL) Division of Ministry of Rural Development for the next five years. Taking a paradigm shift from universal access to quality of access, the partnership will hinge on data driven governance as a lever for effective and efficient utilisation of public funds.

Veddis Foundation, which has put in place PMUs in the State Rural Livelihoods Missions (SRLMs) of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Manipur, and in the past in Rajasthan, will be working on a 360-degree approach – building field insights into policy action as well as effective implementation of government’s top level priorities. It will be a strategic technical partner for extending policy support, embedding improved processes and enabling systems strengthening for effective implementation of DAY-NRLM along with training and capacity building support for state partners.

One of the initial focuses as part of the MoU is an annual report on the State of SRLMs in which various SRLMs are expected to be evaluated on the basis of a ‘Governance index’.

The DAY-NRLM is the flagship program of the Government of India towards creating institutional platforms for the rural poor, mainly women, enabling them to increase household income through sustainable livelihood enhancements and improved access to financial services in addition to increased access to rights, entitlements, and public services. With an annual budget outlay of over Rs. 13,000 crores, the program is spread across 7.15 lakh villages in 723 districts of 34 States and Union Territories, and has brought more than 8.6 crore rural households under its fold.



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Funding of Rural Piped Water Projects

The cess on petrol and high- speed diesel, collected as per the provision of the CRIF Act, 2000 amended by the Finance Act, 2019 is earmarked for various Infrastructure Sectors inter alia including Water and Sanitation. Jal Jeevan Mission, a centrally sponsored scheme for making provision of potable tap water supply to every rural household by 2024, is being funded through Central Road & Infrastructure Fund (CRIF) and as informed by Ministry of Finance on 21.07.2022, the details of collection of cess and corresponding budgetary support for the mission in last two years and current year is as under:

     (Amount in Rs. Crore)




2022-23 (BE)

Road & Infrastructure Cess




Budgetary Support allocated to JJM through CRIF




This information was given by the Minister of State, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.



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Purification of Rural Sewage Water

Sewerage system does not exist in rural areas of the country.  Under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), for disposal of human excreta, use of safe and eco-friendly onsite sanitation technologies such as twin leach pit toilets is encouraged for most parts of the country.  Under this technology, human faeces automatically become manure in 1-2 years.  In case of septic tank and single leach pit toilets, it is advised to retrofit them by converting the single pits to twin pits and connecting septic tank with soak pits.  For treatment of faecal sludge from the septic tanks and single pit toilets, SBM (G) guideline provide for mechanical emptying of the pits and transportation of faecal sludge to nearby Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) / Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP) in urban/rural area.  Funding provision at the rate of Rs.230 per capita is available under SBM (G) for setting up of FSTP in rural areas.

This information was given by the Minister of State, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.



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North East Rural Livelihood Project

North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP), a World Bank aided project implemented by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER) has concluded on 30.09.2019.

.This information was given by Minister of Development of North Eastern Region Shri G. Kishan Reddy in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.



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