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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Ministry of the Environment, and the Cabinet Office Commendation Ceremony of the Tenth National Maritime Awards Held Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), with the cooperation of the Secretariat of the Headquarters for Ocean Policy of the Cabinet Office, have been running the National Maritime Awards program to honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in the maritime sector. We hereby announce that on August 28, 2017, the Tenth National Maritime Awards program was held and that four individuals and four organizations were recognized as winners.

1. Summary of the National Maritime Awards

Japan aims to strongly promote maritime policies and realize its status as a maritime nation. To achieve this goal, it is indispensable to raise public awareness about the ocean. The Basic Act on Ocean Policy specifies that the state must take necessary measures for educating the public and disseminating knowledge among the public about the ocean.

For this purpose, in 2008, the government established the National Maritime Awards to honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in awareness-raising activities, academic and research activities, industrial vitalization, and other efforts in a wide range of fields related to the ocean, including science and technology, fisheries, maritime affairs, and the environment. By celebrating their contributions and introducing them to the public, we would like to provide the people with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the ocean as well as cultivating an awareness of the ocean among them. This awards program is a part of the Basic Plan on Ocean Policy under the Basic Act on Ocean Policy.

2. Winners of the Awards

(1) “Special Contribution to Marine-Based Development of Japan” category

Sector

Name

Affiliation

Contribution

Education, dissemination, and increase of public interest

NYK Maritime Museum & NYK Hikawamaru

Popularization of Japan’s maritime philosophy through raising public awareness of the maritime history in the modern-era of Japan

Education, dissemination, and increase of public interest

Iwate Prefectural Taneich High School

Contribution to the maritime development efforts through long-standing fostering of professional divers

Promotion of industries

Makoto Endo

National Institute of Technology, Toyama College

Establishment and development of a system for fostering human resources in the maritime sector through the collaboration between the National Institutes of Technology and the related industries

Regional development

Nigata Prefectural Kaiyo High School

Promotion of efforts for regional revitalization and career education through industry-academia-government collaboration activities placing Nigata Prefectural Kaiyo High School at the core

(2) “Excellent Contribution to Maritime Affairs” category

Sector

Name

Affiliation

Contribution

Science and technology promotion in relation to the ocean

Toshitaka Gamo

Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, the University of Tokyo

Study for clarifying challenging, mysterious deep-sea issues to seek future approaches to the ocean

Promotion of fisheries

Study Group of the Youth and Manhood Division, Akasuka Fisheries Cooperative

Regional revitalization by resurgence of cultivating clams in Kuwana

Maritime affairs

Susumu Ota

National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology & National Maritime Research Institute

Contribution to the world’s first international standardization of safety technologies for liquid hydrogen tankers

Natural environment conservation

Makoto Tsuchiya

University of the Ryukyus

Efforts for achieving a society in which people are able to coexist with the coral reef ecosystem

Reference

Release date

August 28, 2017

Division in Charge

Policy Planning Division, Natural Resources and Fuel Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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