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No.394 January 5, 2017
  • The Nippon Foundation's Ocean Innovation Consortium
    Mitsuyuki UNNO
    Executive Director, The Nippon Foundation
    Selected Papers No.22
  • The "Connecting and Supporting Forests, the Countryside, Rivers and the Sea" Project
    Tokutaro NAKAI
    Vice Team Leader, Connecting and Supporting Forests, the Countryside, Rivers and the Sea” Project, Deputy Director General, Ministry of the Environment / Waste and Recycling Policy Leader, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of the Environment
  • Record of Expedition to Nishinoshima Island
    Kazuto KAWAKAMI
    Senior Researcher, Wildlife Ecology Laboratory, Department of Wildlife Biology, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute

The Nippon Foundation's Ocean Innovation Consortium

Mitsuyuki UNNO
Executive Director, The Nippon Foundation

On October 4th, 2016, the Nippon Foundation launched "the Ocean Innovation Consortium," a platform with the aim of developing human resources for offshore development, in collaboration with industry, academia and government. The consortium is drawing interest as an All-Japan initiative for the strategic development of the offshore industry, which is expected to show great gains in the future.
Selected Papers No.22

The "Connecting and Supporting Forests, the Countryside, Rivers and the Sea" Project

Tokutaro NAKAI
Vice Team Leader, Connecting and Supporting Forests, the Countryside, Rivers and the Sea” Project, Deputy Director General, Ministry of the Environment / Waste and Recycling Policy Leader, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of the Environment

As the Paris Agreement calling for reduction of carbon emissions enters into force, we are being called upon to make changes to the basic structures of our society that will be seen as a turning point in the history of civilization. The society we are called upon to build is one that stands solidly on the natural environment that immediately surrounds us, the forests, countryside, rivers, and sea, as well as the bounty they provide. The "Connecting and Supporting Forests, the Countryside, Rivers and Sea" project has been undertaking various efforts to promote this idea, with its main goals being the creation of a system to conserve and restore inter-linkages among the four natural aspects and the promotion of changes in lifestyles and corporate activities that are more aware of nature's bounty and the need to preserve it.

Record of Expedition to Nishinoshima Island

Kazuto KAWAKAMI
Senior Researcher, Wildlife Ecology Laboratory, Department of Wildlife Biology, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute

The majority of Nishinoshima Island was covered in lava following its eruptions from 2013. In October 2016, an expedition to the island was carried out for the first time since the eruptions, leading to the discovery that animals and plants including the Masked Booby and Brown Booby, and the Indian Goosegrass plant, all of which existed on the island before the eruptions, had survived. Following the expansion of the seabirds' habitats and the resulting material transport and seed dispersal, we can expect the surviving plants to also spread across the island.

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