Newsletter No.5 January-1999

Mr. Uchida, President of NASDA,
making opening remarks

On March 5 th, 1999, "EU-Japan Symposium on Climate Change '99" was held under the sponsorship of the FRSGC at Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho. The symposium was the first step toward the cooperation between the EU and Japan regarding researches on prediction of global change, which was discussed at the third EU-Japan Forum on Science and Technology in September, 1998 * The purposes of the symposium were to exchange opinions toward the cooperation and to disseminate research activities of both sides to the public. The opening remarks were given by Mr. Uchida, President of NASDA, representing Japan, followed by Dr. Anver Ghazi, Biodiversity and Global Change Unit Head of DG XII, representing the EU.

Session 1 was held on the subject of "Climate Change; Research Strategy and System in Japan and in EU." Mr. Ikeda, Director General, Research and Development Bureau, STA, gave the presentation on "Japanese policies regarding global climate change," and Dr. Ghazi then gave the presentation entitled "Climate Change Research: A European Perspective. "After Director-General Dr. Matsuno's presentation on "Current Status of FRSGC, "Dr. Tania, Senior Researcher, Earth Simulator Research and Development Center, reported on "Development of Earth Simulator. "Then followed introductions of researches on climate in Germany and Denmark from the EU side.

Session 2,"Climate Change: Research in Japan and in EU," started with the presentation on "Monsoon Oceanography" by Dr. Yamagata, Program Director of the FRSGC. It proceeded to interesting presentations from various fields regarding climate change by Japanese and European researchers.

The recommendations from EU-Japan Workshop on Climate Change '99 were discussed in Session 3 with the participants of the symposium. The discussion came to suggest the enhancement of bilateral cooperation, by means of sharing of research resources, active exchange of researches, research data analyses, and data assimilation.

As a closing address, Mr. Teijin, Director General, JAMSTEC, expressed his sincere expectations to bilateral research cooperation in the field of global change. The symposium then ended successfully.

*According to an agreement at the fifth EU-Japan Ministerial Meeting, the Forum was established by the EC Commission and the Japanese government with the objects of discussing bilateral activities and adjusting policies.

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