Director, Arctic Environment Research Center, National Institute of Polar Research
The Headquarters for Ocean Policy has announced Japan's Arctic Policy, articulating for the first time the government's policy guidelines for the region. Highlighting Japan's strength in science and technology, the policy details the government's intent to strengthen participation in international initiatives in the Arctic. Against this backdrop, the Arctic Challenge for Sustainability (ArCS) project was commenced for the purpose of furthering scientific research in the region. This article introduces several components of the project, including joint international research, the development of observational points around the Arctic Ocean, and field-survey activities.
Selected Papers No.21
Principal, Aichi Prefectural Miya Fisheries High School
Over the years, Aichi Prefectural Miya Fisheries High School has offered hands-on learning in cooperation with local communities for the development of human resources that will support the region's future industry. Promoting the development of new products through innovation and offering fisheries and marine education beneficial to the future of its students, the school looks to continue strengthening ties with local communities and carry out appealing educational activities following its recent designation as a "Super Professional High School" by the Ministry of Education.
President, Setouchi Triennale Executive Committee / Governor, Kagawa Prefecture
The Setouchi Triennale, also known as the Setouchi International Art Festival, is held on several islands dotting the Seto Inland Sea, with the aim of recovering the vitality of local communities through art. Artists from around the world attend the festival, collaborating with volunteers and residents of the islands to create miraculous pieces of art that can only be seen there. From this collaboration, the community's traditional culture and beautiful nature surroundings gradually reclaim their sparkle. Through sharing the Inland Sea's appeal overseas, it is hoped that many people will come and experience the festival, which connects the Inland Sea and nearby Kagawa Prefecture with the rest of the world through art.