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No.443 January 20, 2019
  • Considerations on the Blue Carbon Project in Yokohama City
    Masato NOBUTOKI
    Senior General Manager, EX Research Institute Ltd. / Member, Experts Committee for the Next Yokohama Environmental “FutureCity” Plan
  • International Cooperation Efforts with Pacific Island States Regarding Coastal Resource Management—Learning from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami—
    Hiroki EDA
    Project for Promotion of Grace of the Sea in the Coastal Villages of Vanuatu / Expert, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • The Appeal of Freediving as a Competitive Sport
    Tomoka FUKUDA
    Freediver

Considerations on the Blue Carbon Project in Yokohama City

Masato NOBUTOKI
Senior General Manager, EX Research Institute Ltd. / Member, Experts Committee for the Next Yokohama Environmental “FutureCity” Plan

Yokohama City has received various “city titles” from the Japanese government, including the “Eco-Model City.” By way of trial, the city started the “Yokohama Blue Carbon” project focusing on utilization of the ocean as a global warming countermeasure. Through making its residents more aware of the nearby ocean, we hope to expand policies that take advantage of the characteristics of an urban ocean area.

International Cooperation Efforts with Pacific Island States Regarding Coastal Resource Management—Learning from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami—

Hiroki EDA
Project for Promotion of Grace of the Sea in the Coastal Villages of Vanuatu / Expert, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

While fisheries resources are a large asset for Pacific island states, the adverse conditions resulting from their decrease in recent years has been compounded by repeated instances of severe damage from large-scale natural disasters. On the other hand, Japan has learned many lessons from its long history in recovering from large-scale natural disasters. Thinking that Japan’s various experiences and lessons learned in disaster risk management could in large part serve as useful case studies for Pacific island states, we invited government officials from six Pacific island states and conducted a training course for them.

The Appeal of Freediving as a Competitive Sport

Tomoka FUKUDA
Freediver

Freediving is a competitive event in which participants compete for how deep they can dive on one breath. Diving at a depth of 100m has the appeal of allowing one to experience the condensed blue color of the deep ocean. Here, I will introduce the appeal and competitive nature of freediving.

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