Opening Ceremony of the International Pacific Research Center
A scene of the opening ceremony of the IPRC
The opening ceremony of the IPRC was held at Manoa school, Univ. of Hawaii
on October 20, 1997, under the auspices of the President of the University.
Many individuals involved and researchers from the U.S. and Japan attended
This IPRC was established by the agreement between Japanese Prime Minister
Hashimoto and U.S Vice-president Gore in March 1997, in order to cooperate
in the field of global change research and prediction, under the "Common
Agenda for Cooperation in Global Perspective", especially for Japan-US
joint projects in the Asian-Pacific region.
At the ceremony, Mr. Raleigh, the Director of the Ocean Science Dept.,
Univ. of Hawaii, and a temporary Director of the IPRC gave the opening
address, followed by a welcome speech from Mr. Mortimer, the President
of the Univ. of Hawaii. Successively, Mr. Hirono, Vice-Governor of the
state of Hawaii spoke on behalf of the center site. Mr. Gibbons, Special
Presidential Aide for Science and Technology from the U.S, and Mr. Kato,
a Parliamentary Vice-minister, Mr. Hirano, the President of JAMSTEC from
Japan, gave their own addresses. After the ceremony, President Mortimer
and Director Raleigh etc. gave the participants a tour of the POST building
in which the IPRC has moved.
Five researchers from the Frontier have already arrived at their posts,
and a joint research project on the climatical system in the northern Pacific
Construction state of The International Arctic Research Center (IARC)
Construction state of IARC as of Dec. 1997
The International Arctic Research Center (IARC) was established as a part
of the global change research and prediction project, under the "Common
Agenda for Cooperation in Global Perspective", and will be located
in the campus of Fairbanks school, the Univ. of Alaska.
The researches on the Arctic region has played an increasingly important
role in the research on global eco-variations. Therefore, we, in Japan
will take initiative in the researches on the processes of how the Arctic
region affects global meteorology, climate and environment, and in making
observations and researches for the prediction of those effects. In cooperation
with the international community, we would like to proceed with those researches
more efficiently and effectively. That is why we have established and maintained
At the IARC the Frontier Research System for Global Change will aim at
studying the Arctic climate system etc. in order to understand global variations.
The construction work of the IARC is going on favorably, and in the summer
of 1997,the frame of the building was almost completed. In December 1997,
final interior work was going on. In December 1998, all works will be completed,
and the apparatuses and equipment will be installed. The IARC will formally
start in April 1999.