August 22, 2019
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
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 for Promotion of the 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.
METI hereby announces that on August 22, 2019, five individuals and two organizations were selected as winners under the 12th National Maritime Awards program.
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 disseminating information about the ocean to the public.
For this purpose, in 2008, the government established the National Maritime Awards to honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in awareness-raising efforts, 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 people with the opportunity to deepen their understanding and cultivate awareness regarding the ocean.
2. Winners of the Awards
(1) “Special Contribution to Marine-Based Development of Japan” category
|Education, dissemination, and increase of public interest||Mitsuhiro Iwamoto||-||World’s first nonstop blind sailing voyage across the Pacific Ocean|
|Education, dissemination, and increase of public interest||Yoshiyuki Kaneda||Institute of Education, Research and Regional Cooperation for Crisis Management Shikoku, Kanagawa University||Raising awareness of “Skills for Coexistence with the Bountiful Sea” among people in Japan and other countries, promotion of efforts for reducing the impact of disasters and contribution to society through these efforts|
|Education, dissemination, and increase of public interest||Kochi Prefectural Kochi Marine High School||-||Activities for enhancing public understanding of the marine and ocean-related industries in collaboration with local communities and efforts for developing human resources in the maritime and fisheries industries.|
(2) “Excellent Contribution to Maritime Affairs” category
|Science and technology promotion in relation to the ocean||Yoshiki Sourin||Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University||Uncovering past and current facts about the ocean taking advantage of trace elements and isotopes|
|Promotion of fisheries||Onnason Gyogyo Kyodo Kumiai (fisheries cooperative in Onnason Village, Okinawa Prefecture)||-||“Village of Coral”: a place protected and fostered by the local fisheries industry|
|Maritime affairs||Masahiko Isobe||Kochi University of Technology||Contribution to the national initiatives for building national resilience concerning the coastal areas of Japan|
|Natural environment conservation||Atsuhiko Isobe||Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University||Marine plastic pollution, i.e., microplastics|
Division in Charge
Fuel Policy Planning Office, Policy Planning Division, Natural Resources and Fuel Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy