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No.383 July 20, 2016
  • Major Developments in Global Initiatives on the Ocean
    Hiroshi TERASHIMA
    Executive Director, The Ocean Policy Research Institute, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
    Selected Papers No.21
  • New Legislation to Preserve Functionality of Remote Inhabited Islands on National Borders
    Ainosuke KOJIMA
    Executive Director, Center for Research and Promotion of Japanese Islands
  • The Launching of the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, or "Umi-Sora-Ken"
    Hiroyuki YAMATO
    President, National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology

Major Developments in Global Initiatives on the Ocean

Hiroshi TERASHIMA
Executive Director, The Ocean Policy Research Institute, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

There have recently been major developments in global initiatives concerning the ocean, including the UNGA Resolution on the development of an international legally-binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, and the adoption of Agenda 2030, which sets forth the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Consequently, BBNJ Preparatory Committee meetings, SDG-related meetings, and various other meetings are being held, in which the Ocean State of Japan should actively participate and respond to.
Selected Papers No.21

New Legislation to Preserve Functionality of Remote Inhabited Islands on National Borders

Ainosuke KOJIMA
Executive Director, Center for Research and Promotion of Japanese Islands

Remote islands on Japan's borders play an important national role in conserving the Exclusive Economic Zone. The "Act on Preservation of Areas of Remote, Inhabited Islands Establishing Territorial Seas and Maintenance of Local Societies on Areas of Specified Remote, Inhabited Islands Establishing Territorial Seas," MP sponsored legislation passed this spring, will initiate a variety of measures, based on the national administrative plan, to conserve these remote, inhabited islands on Japan's borders and maintain their local communities, thus maintaining their functions as bases for activities.

The Launching of the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, or "Umi-Sora-Ken"

Hiroyuki YAMATO
President, National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology

On April 1st 2016 the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology (commonly known as the "Umi-Sora-Ken") was launched, being the result of a consolidation among the National Maritime Research Institute, the Port and Airport Research Institute, and the Electronic Navigation Institute. Along with further developing the fruits of the research carried out by the three research institutes thus far, we will work to produce substantial outcomes based on the synergy effect resulting from the consolidation, the addition of new research capabilities, and the image of the Institute as a driver of Japanese innovation.

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