Press Releases

January 21, 2008
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

Invitation for the Events
To Mark the Port Call of the Dee-sea Drilling Vessel "Chikyu" at Shingu Port

The Deep-sea Drilling Vessel "Chikyu" operated by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC; Mr. Yasuhiro Kato, President) will arrive at Shingu Port on February 5, after completing her first mission "Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE)" for Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)(*1).
To mark the port call of the "Chikyu" , we will hold International Symposium and the Open House of the "Chikyu".
The "Chikyu" is scheduled to set sail from Shingu Port on February 12.


1. International Symposium

Date and time: 9:00~15:00 Saturday, February 9, 2008
Venue: Shingu Civic Center
Host: The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Sponsors: Cabinet Office (disaster prevention), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Japan Coast Guard, Wakayama Prefecture, Shingu City
Contents: Aiming to raise public people’s awareness about disaster prevention, we will report our results attained from this expedition immediately.
(For details, please refer to Appendix-1)

2. Open House of the "Chikyu"

Date and time: 10:00~15:00 February 10 and 11, 2008
Venue: Sano the third berth, Shingu Port
Host: Wakayama Prefecture, Shingu City, The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Sponsors: Shingu Port Association
Contents: (For details, please refer to Appendix-2)

Attached documents: Posters of International Symposium and Open House of the "Chikyu"

(*1): Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) is an international marine research drilling program dedicated to advancing scientific understanding of Earth by monitoring and sampling subseafloor environments. Through multiple platforms, preeminent scientists explore IODP principal themes: the deep biosphere, environmental change, and solid earth cycles. IODP has been operating since October 2003, led by Japan and the USA. IODP now has 21 member countries.


(For Chikyu, IODP expedition, International Symposium)
Mr. Takeo Tanaka, e-mail:
Manager, Planning and Coordination Department
The Center for Deep Earth Exploration (CDEX)
(For Chikyu, Open House)
Mr. Shozo Tashiro, e-mail:
Manager, Public Relations Division
Marine-Earth Data and Information Department
(For Publication)
Mr. Shinji Oshima, e-mail:
Manager, Planning Department Press Office