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Call for Participants [Conference on Transdisciplinary Research] Is Understanding the Unknown Ocean the Key to a Sustainable Future / March 6, 2021, 10:00~ @ Ota-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Is Uncovering the Unknown Ocean the Key to a Sustainable Future?

Within the 10th Annual Conference of the Association for Transdisciplinary Research, hosted by RIVANES (March 5-6, 2021 (Friday and Saturday)), a panel discussion will be held on "Is Understanding the Unknown Ocean the Key to a Sustainable Future?" (session partner: The Nippon Foundation).

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We still know very little about the oceans, which support life on Earth and have a significant impact on weather and global temperatures. Only 19% of the total ocean topography is currently known. The oceans, which are more mysterious than the moon or Mars, nurture 20% of the animal protein consumed by humans and absorb 30% of the CO2 we emit. Understanding the oceans is linked to the sustainability of humanity and the planet. Not only that, but the expected benefits are great, including more efficient vessel operations through ocean current forecasting, disaster forecasting such as earthquakes and tsunamis, and resource exploration. How can we develop technologies to "understand the ocean" and use them to solve society's problems in the future? How can players in existing industries get involved and create value together? In this session, we will discuss the possibilities and future of the ocean.

We will have a program of discussions among researchers, start-ups, and large companies from a variety of perspectives, not limited to the themes of this session.
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Is Uncovering the Unknown Ocean the Key to a Sustainable Future?

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 10:00-11:00
Location: Congress Square Haneda (Haneda Innovation City Zone J, 1-1-4 Haneda Airport, Ota-ku, Tokyo)



Nippon Marine Science Inc.
Mr. Satoru Kuwahara

Graduated from Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine in 1994 and joined Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Ltd. as a marine engineer. After joining NYK, he worked mainly on board oil tankers (sea duty). After working both at sea and on land, he was involved in the oil tanker division and the maritime affairs division (overseeing ship technology including advanced technology) on land, and was transferred to Nippon Marine Science Inc. in 2017. Currently, he is promoting various automated vessel projects promoted by the Nippon Foundation and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism as project director.

Director and CTO, Lighthouse, Inc.
Mr. Yosuke Matsuno

He holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Department of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology. Engaged in automatic driving research at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and was sent as a visiting researcher to the University of Oxford, UK, where he conducted front-line automatic driving research studies and developed an automatic driving system using electric vehicles. After returning to Japan, he launched Lighthouse Inc. with two colleagues and became CTO. He launched ISANA, a service for fishermen. Responsible for research and development of services that use technology to solve problems in the marine field in addition to the fishing industry.

Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Assistant Manager, New Business Creation Promotion Office, Industry Creation Division

Mr. Soichiro Hasegawa

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Kyoto University. He has been in charge of coordination with international organizations in the field of international standards (industrial property rights). Currently, he is working to strengthen the venture and startup ecosystem in Japan, including the operation of J-Startup and the expansion of J-Startup to other regions.

Leave a Nest Co., Ltd.
Representative Director, Group CEO
Yukihiro Maru

In 2002, while still in graduate school, he founded LIVERNESS with only undergraduate and graduate students in science and engineering. He has developed Japan's first "delivery experiment class of cutting-edge science" into a business. He operates a "knowledge manufacturing business" that creates new knowledge by combining technologies and management resources that lie dormant in universities and local communities. He is also an innovator who has been involved in the launch of numerous deep-tech ventures, including Euglena.

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