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Message from the President

Asahiko Taira President, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Creating a future for both mankind and the Earth

From April 2019, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) will start implementing its 4th 7-year mid-term pla n. Over the span of the previous three plans, JAMSTEC has evolved from a largely technical organization into a research organization pursuing both scientific research and the development of technology. Now equipped with seven ships and a supercomputer, we have consistently probed the frontiers of science and technology with the aim of building a new intellectual framework based on an understanding of the interactions between the oceans, the Earth and life.

Since the 1980s, surface temperatures have risen markedly worldwide, and various phenomena associated with global warming have begun to seriously impact everyday life. At the same time, increasingly rapid advances in technology have enabled us to literally probe all corners of the Earth. We have built huge cities on coastlines, leaving ourselves vulnerable to frequent disasters associated with earthquakes, tsunami, and extreme weather events. The global ecosystem is undergoing major transformations that are also thought to be triggering a new wave of evolution. The oceans, the Earth, life and mankind comprise a system that is now changing dramatically.

As we implement our 4th mid-term plan, we will seek to further develop an integrated understanding of the oceans, the Earth, life, and human activity, and work with others in society to improve the precision of our predictions and utilize the results of our efforts to benefit Japan and the world. To this end, we will tightly integrate science, technology, and management to create a research community for the next twenty years focused on both basic and applied research, the past and the future, and micro and macro perspectives, changing research methods and targets flexibly and working with universities, research institutions and industry both within Japan and overseas to disseminate outcomes that benefit the world. Achieving these goals requires the building of a world-leading research organization imbued with an ideal balance of firm governance and free-spirited inquiry.

We look forward to receiving your continued support.

Asahiko Taira
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology