The Ocean Policy Research Institute, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation was established as the Japan Foundation for Shipbuilding Advancement in 1975. Along with expansion of its activities, however, in 1990 the name of the foundation was changed to the Ship & Ocean Foundation. In 2002, it organized within itself the Institute for Ocean Policy, SOF, and from 2005 began operating under the name of the Ocean Policy Research Foundation. Following its merger with The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, in April of 2015, it is now known as The Ocean Policy Research Institute, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and actively works towards the comprehensive management and sustainable development of the ocean.
From its beginnings in the promotion of shipbuilding and marine technology development, the Ocean Policy Research Institute now carries out research and think tank activities from both policy and science perspectives, aiming at the comprehensive management and sustainable development of the ocean so as to address a wide range of ocean problems and issues in a comprehensive and cross-disciplinary manner. The following are some of the initiatives undertaken in recent years by OPRI in the hopes of making Japan a true maritime state.
On April 1, 2015, the Ship & Ocean Foundation--then known as the Ocean Policy Research Foundation (OPRF)--merged with The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and, as the Ocean Policy Research Institute-SPF (its current name), embarked on initiatives aimed at ocean policy, human resource development, and integrated management and sustainable development of the oceans. ...
Initiatives on Ocean Policy
With the aim of promoting "Co-existence between Human and the Ocean," we began our think-tank operations in 2000 by conducting research, making policy recommendations and disseminating information on the ocean, and also contributed to the enactment of the Basic Act on Ocean Policy in 2007. ...
Examples of Our Main Research and Development Activities
The situation concerning the ocean has changed greatly in recent years, so that it is no longer sufficient to concentrate on promoting shipbuilding and marine industries. Instead, there is an increasing need to address the ocean from a broader perspective and respond to various international problems across the soft-hard spectrum, not only through technological development but also through policy support and international cooperation and coordination. ...
Chronology of Significant Events