The UN Seahorse in Japan!
Commemorating the Year of the Ocean
Collaborating Institutions

The preparation for UN Seahorse's Virtual Port of Call to Japan has been made possible as a result of information sharing and collaboration between the institutions listed below (in alphabetical order, as of April 1998). A grateful thanks is extended to these institutions for the assistance that they have rendered.

Global Environment Information Center
One of GEIC's preeminent research focus has been on global climate change (1997-98), out of which several publications have been produced. Detailed Studies of the Nakhodka oil spill and community responses to it make interesting reading. GEIC also played a key role in information management activities during the mega event, COP3 on Climate Change that took place in Kyoto in December 1997.

Japan Marine Science and Technology Center
JAMSTEC is at the forefront of marine and deep sea research in Japan. It operates several research and support ships, including several manned and unmanned submersible. Its "star" submersible, the 10,000 m class Deep Sea ROV, Kaiko, is capable of diving to the deepest point of the earth's ocean floor. JAMSTEC will soo launch a project where live images from its deep sea research are made available over the internet.

Minato Mirai 21 Corporation
MM21 is the futuristic port area of Yokohama linking Kannai and Yokohama areas. Besides port facilities, MM21 is also a center for entertainment, conference and hotel facilities, and shopping districts.

United Nations University
The UNU, set up as a 'think-tank' for the United Nations, has a very active Environment Programme dealing with among other issues, pollution, governance, hydropolitics, and sustainable development. Of particular significance is its Mussel Watch programme and the Small Islands Network.

Urban Planning Division, Yokohama City Government
Yokohama is a bustling city with a population of more than 3 million people, making it Japan's second largest city after metropolitan Tokyo. Yokohama's modern history dates from 1859, when the port was opened to the international community. In the more than 130 years since then, Yokohama has continued to serve as an important gateway between Japan and world, while also playing a central role in Japan's modernization and internationalization.

Activities were coordinated from the Dept. of Social Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology.

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