Marine Affairs Basic ProgramMarine Affairs Basic Program

With the support of the Nippon Foundation, we are carrying out three project studies that respond to the demands of society.

Overseas Internship Project for Development of International Marine Human Resource

Selected graduate students of the University of Tokyo are sent to international organizations for 3 to 6 months to acquire the practical skills necessary to identify and solve global challenges by conducting joint research with the host organizations. The aim of this project is to create an effective mechanism for developing human resources that possess a high level of expertise in marine affairs and can show leadership in international organizations and on other global stages, as well as establishing an international network.

KIMURA Shingo Professor/ Head of Project Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
HIBIYA Toshiyuki Professor Graduate School of Science
MURAYAMA Hideaki Professor Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
NOMURA Hideaki Project Assistant Professor Ocean Alliance
SUWA Tatsuro Project Associate Professor Ocean Alliance
YAGI Nobuyuki Professor Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
YAMAMOTO Mitsuo Project Associate Professor Ocean Alliance
YOSHINAGA Tomoyoshi Professor Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Mega-Tsunami Project

The subject of this research project is mega-tsunamis, which are of the same class as that of the gigantic tsunami that resulted from the Great East Japan Earthquake. In Japan, where earthquakes frequently occur in coastal waters, predictions of tsunami propagation are still not sufficiently accurate despite the danger that mega-tsunamis pose to many citizens’ lives. This project aims to accurately predict the arrival of mega-tsunamis to the shore based on direct observation of the mega-tsunami’s initial wave offshore, and furthermore, to present guidelines for designing effective seawalls and communities that can keep damage to a minimum in the event that a mega-tsunami goes over the seawall. In addition, we are studying ways to effectively disseminate disaster-prevention information from a psychological viewpoint.

WASEDA Takuji Professor/ Head of Project Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
HIBIYA Toshiyuki Professor Graduate School of Science
HIROBE Tomoyuki Project Researcher Ocean Alliance
NIWA Yoshihiro Project Associate Professor Ocean Alliance
RHEEM Changkyu Professor Institute of Industrial Science
TAJIMA Yoshimitsu Professor Graduate School of Engineering
TATEHATA Hidenori Project Researcher Ocean Alliance

Science on Consensus Building Methods Related to Ocean Use

The oceans are used in many forms, from fishing to renewable energy development, transportation, recreation and more. The aim of this project is to explore methods of building consensus for regulating and suitably managing the various uses of the ocean where conflicting interests occasionally arise. We are building a framework for practicing marine spatial planning, which is now being implemented both worldwide and in Japan, in line with Japan’s actual ocean use.

MICHIDA Yutaka Professor/ Head of Project Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute
HIBIYA Toshiyuki Professor Graduate School of Science
SHIROYAMA Hideaki Professor Graduate School of Public Policy
SUWA Tatsuro Project Associate Professor Ocean Alliance
TOKUNAGA Kanae Project Researcher Ocean Alliance
YAGI Nobuyuki Professor Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
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