About OPRI

Chronology of Significant Events

Dec. 18, 1975Founded as the Japan Foundation for Shipbuilding Advancement
Apr. 1, 1976Established the Library of Japan Foundation of Shipbuilding Advancement, undertook a remote sensing project, and commenced management and technology analysis activities and management seminars for small and medium-sized shipbuilding and related industries.
Apr. 15, 1977Began financing activities for non-profit organizations
Jul. 1, 1980Began R&D into ocean oil pollution prevention measures and marine environment technology
Apr. 1, 1981Began R&D into shipbuilding and related technologies
Nov. 1, 1981Established the IMO Library
Apr. 1, 1983Began activities to promote international exchanges and cooperation in the area of shipbuilding and transport
Apr. 1, 1989Began activities related to development of CIM for the shipbuilding industry
Sep. 10, 1990Changed its name from Japan Foundation for Shipbuilding Advancement to the Ship & Ocean Foundation (SOF)
Apr. 1, 1991Began information gathering activities on overseas shipbuilding and started overseas cooperative operations
Jun. 16, 1992Completed development of the world's first super-conducting MHD-propulsion ship, YAMATO-1, and made a successful test voyage at Kobe Port
Apr. 1, 1993Began joint research into the development of the Northern Sea Route (INSROP)
Apr. 1, 2000Began a Think Tank Project for ocean affairs
  • Activities related to forming researcher networks
  • Activities related to the preparation of policy proposals
  • Activities related to international cooperation
Jul. 20, 2000Launched the "Ship and Ocean Newsletter"
Apr. 1, 2001Took over administration of the WMU Sasakawa Fellowship Program from the Tokyo Foundation
Apr. 1, 2002Founded the Institute for Ocean Policy within SOF
  • Research on the monitoring of semi-enclosed seas and bays (Ocean Diagnosis Project)
  • Research on ocean and coastal debris problems
  • Research on securing the oceans
Nov. 1, 2002Held 1st Ocean Forum
Feb. 2004Publication of the first Ocean White Paper
Apr. 1, 2005Renamed as the Ocean Policy Research Foundation, to carry out research in the fields of ocean policy, maritime transport, security studies, coastal management, marine environment, marine education, and maritime technology
Nov. 2005Compiled "The Proposal for the 21st Century Ocean Policy"
Apr. 2006Began to serve as secretariat of the Basic Ocean Law Forum
Dec. 2006Compiled "The Ocean Policy Outline" and "Basic Ocean Law Outline" at the Basic Ocean Law Forum
Jul. 2008Officially granted special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council
Apr. 2013The Ship & Ocean Foundation (SOF) shifted its legal status to that of a General Incorporated Foundation.
Jul. 2014Received the Seventh National Maritime Award in the "Special Contribution to Marine-Based Development of Japan" category
Apr. 1, 2015Merged with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), while continuing previous activities under the new name of Ocean Policy Research Institute, SPF.