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No.431 July 20, 2018
  • New Ocean Policy under the Third Basic Plan on Ocean Policy
    Ichiro Hao
    Director-General, National Ocean Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office
  • Towards "Zero" Greenhouse Gas Emissions from International Shipping
    Hideaki SAITO
    Director, Shipbuilding and Ship Machinery Division, Maritime Bureau, MLIT / Chair, Marine Environment Protection Committee, International Maritime Organization
  • Kimbra CUTLIP
    Science Writer / Communications, Global Fishing Watch

New Ocean Policy under the Third Basic Plan on Ocean Policy

Ichiro Hao
Director-General, National Ocean Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office

On May 15, 2018, a new Basic Plan on Ocean Policy (Third Basic Plan on Ocean Policy) was adopted as Cabinet Decision, after the approval by the Headquarters for Ocean Policy. Under this plan, the Government aims to steadily implement each measure step by step in a comprehensive manner, make efforts to achieve the policy direction "the challenge toward a new oceanic state" raised in the plan, and take actions so that Japan can lead the world and make the next leap forward as an oceanic state that can become as a global model.

Towards "Zero" Greenhouse Gas Emissions from International Shipping

Hideaki SAITO
Director, Shipbuilding and Ship Machinery Division, Maritime Bureau, MLIT / Chair, Marine Environment Protection Committee, International Maritime Organization

With growing worldwide momentum towards de-carbonization following adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by international shipping is a pressing issue of the utmost importance to international society. Given this, the following article is to provides the details of the "Strategy on the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships" adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in April 2018, as well as the status of negotiations at the IMO regarding various measures on GHG emissions reduction measures, and views for future.

Global Fishing Watch?Aiming at Sustainable Fisheries?

Kimbra CUTLIP
Science Writer / Communications, Global Fishing Watch

Global Fishing Watch's mission is to advance the sustainability of our ocean through increased transparency in fisheries. We process remote signals from commercial ships at sea to identify fishing vessels and determine when they fish based on their movements, and share the resulting data on the GFW website. Our aim is to revolutionize the ability to monitor and visualize the global commercial fishing fleet, thus reducing access to market for illegally caught fish and leading to sustainable fishing.

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