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May 10th is Geology Day Panel exhibition to be held concerning the history of geological surveys in Japan

The earth is composed of rocks, soil and other materials. The study of the characteristics of these components is called geology, and geological information is compiled into geological maps and databases to be used in a variety of practical ways. Taking the opportunity of Geology Day on May 10, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold a theme-based exhibition in the lobby of the first floor of the METI Main Building to provide the public with an opportunity to allow them to gain more familiarity with geological information. As the event in 2017, the 11th year since the inauguration of Geology Day, METI will exhibit displays to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Meiji Era this year to explain the efforts of the Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ), an organization that has been conducting geological surveys and bolstering geology and social fundamental data for 136 years. In addition, it will also display panels of a series of geological maps prepared from the Meiji period to the present.

1. Origin of Geology Day

In 2007, Geology Day was established in honor of the completion of Japan’s first wide-area geological map, titled “Geological Sketch Map of the Island of Yesso, Japan,” with a scale of 1:2,000,000, on May 10, 1876, and the establishment of a public organization in charge of geological surveys, called “Geology Division, Geography Burau, Home Ministry,” on May 10, 1978.

2. Efforts involving geological surveys

The Japanese government has been conducting geological surveys for 136 years and compiling survey results into a variety of forms, for e.g., geological maps. METI has been striving to streamline such maps, related data and other geological information and maintain them using a database and other means by commissioning the work to the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). The geological information is accessible on the website of Geological Survey of Japan, AIST.

3. Outline of the panel exhibition

1. Period: From May 1 (Tue.) to 18:00, June 1 (Fri.), 2018

2. Venue: Lobby (at the front entrance side) on the first floor of the METI Main Building

3. Theme: Geological maps as a foundation that bolstered the mining and manufacturing development in the modern era in Japan

The exhibition displays the history of geological maps as a foundation that has been bolstering social foundations in Japan throughout the period of the Meiji Era (around the end of 19th century), pre-and post-World Word II days, the high-growth period, and the current days, while looking back on the history of GSJ.

Release date

May 1, 2018

Divisions in Charge

  • Information on this press release:
    Technical Regulations, Standards and Conformity Assessment Policy Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
  • Information on details of the event
    Geological Survey of Japan, AIST
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