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History

1971

October
  • Japan Marine Science and Technology Center established

1989

May
  • Research vessel HAKUHO MARU completed

1990

April
  • Deep sea survey support vessel YOKOSUKA completed
  • SHINKAI 6500 deep sea research system completed

1995

October
  • Mutsu Institute for Oceanography opened

1997

March
  • Deep sea research vessel KAIREI completed

1997

October
  • Oceanographic research vessel MIRAI completed

2001

November
  • Global Oceanographic Data Center (GODAC) opened

2002

April
  • Earth Simulator recorded the world’s highest computing performance.
August
  • Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences opened

2004

April
  • Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology established

2005

July
  • Deep sea drilling vessel CHIKYU completed
October
  • Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research opened

2009

April
  • 2nd mid-term plan launched

2011

August
  • Dense oceanfloor network system for earthquakes and tsunamis (DONET1) full-scale operation launched

2012

March
  • Autonomous underwater vehicles YUMEIRUKA, OTOHIME and JINBEI completed, SHINKAI 6500 upgraded
October
  • JAMSTEC long-term vision formulated

2014

April
  • 3rd mid-term plan launched

2015

April
  • Change in status to National Research and Development Agency

2016

March
  • Wide-area seabed research vessel KAIMEI completed
  • Dense Oceanfloor Network system for Earthquakes and Tsunamis (DONET2) deployment completed
April
  • DONET2 transferred to National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED)

2017

April
  • Deep sea debris database made publicly available

2017

September
  • Deep-sea Bio Open Innovation Platform established

2018

October
  • First single-pilot operation of SHINKAI 6500

2019

April
  • 4th mid-term plan launched