Director, Policy Promotion Division, Taketomi Town Government, Okinawa Prefecture
Taketomi Town created Japan's first local government-level Basic Plan on Ocean Policy. While there have been successes in implementing each of the policies, situations surrounding the town have changed. Keeping in mind the role of the town government, we are currently revising the "Taketomi-cho Basic Plan on Ocean Policy" in order to rapidly response to these changes.
Associate Professor, World Maritime University (WMU)
New ideas that go beyond existing thinking and values, otherwise known as innovation, are crucial elements for realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). Gender equality could be the key approach to bringing innovation to the ocean and maritime fields, which traditionally have been dominated by men.
Freelancer (Monitoring ecosystems on seafloor) / Project Assistant, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
Red tides cannot be eliminated solely through their removal by humans. As long as the functions necessary to the metropolitan area are maintained, red tides will continue to be reproduced. However, by looking at them from another perspective, they could also become a source of nutrition for organisms. While humans cannot directly utilize red tides, they can change them into a form usable as food for filter feeders, such as clams, including the Asari clam. Might it be possible to harness red tides for use in production?