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Joint 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, and the Ministry of the Environment
Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
The Eighth National Maritime Awards

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) are jointly presenting the Eighth National Maritime Awards in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Headquarters for Ocean Policy of the Cabinet Secretariat. On this day, July 16, 2015, we hereby release the names of the four individuals and four organizations honored in this program.

1. Summary of the National Maritime Awards

In order to strongly promote maritime policies and realize Japan’s status as a maritime nation, it is indispensable to improve people’s understanding of the ocean. The Basic Act on Ocean Policy specifies that the state shall take necessary measures for educating and disseminating knowledge 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 award is a part of the Basic Plan on Ocean Policy under the Basic Act on Ocean Policy.

2. Award Recipients

1) “Special Contribution to Marine-Based Development of Japan” category
Sector Name Affiliation Contribution
Education, dissemination, and increase of public interest Women’s Forum for Fish Efforts for the promotion of the understanding of the importance of fishery resources and the fishing industry
Education, dissemination, and increase of public interest Yutaka Michida Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo Contribution to raising the international position of Japan in the field of the ocean
Science and technology Hideshige Takada Institute of Agriculture, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology Contribution to research on marine pollution caused by microplastics
Regional promotion Shima City Community development through creation of a new Sato-umi (a coastal area where biological productivity and biodiversity have increased through human interaction)
2) “Excellent Contribution to Maritime Affairs” category
Sector Name Affiliation Contribution
Science and technology promotion in relation to the ocean Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere / Incoherent Scatter (MST/IS) radar team at Syowa Station in Antarctica National Institute of Polar Research, Research Organization of Information and Systems Development of the world’s first MST/IS radar system in Antarctica
Promotion of fisheries Youth and Manhood Group, Toshi branch, Toba Isobe Fisheries Cooperative Toba Isobe Fisheries Cooperative Efforts for the regeneration of seaweed beds
Maritime affairs Koichiro Matsumoto Japan Marine United Corporation Development and commercialization of an energy-saving bow shape for use in waves
Natural environment conservation Hiroshi Hasegawa Toho University Contribution to conservation ecology research, protection and breeding of albatrosses

Reference:

Basic Plan on Ocean Policy (approved by the Cabinet in April 2013)
http://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/singi/kaiyou/kihonkeikaku/130426kihonkeikaku.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

12 Improvement of people’s understanding of the ocean and development of human resources

3) Improvement of people’s understanding of the ocean

The National Maritime Awards will be continuously presented to individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in awareness-raising activities, advancement of science, research activities, industrial vitalization, and other efforts in the field of the ocean.

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release date

July 16, 2015

Division in Charge

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

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