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History

1971
October
  • As requested by Japan Federation of Economic Organizations, the authorized corporation, "Japan Marine Science and Technology Center", was established based on the government and industrial investments and contributions.
1990
April
  • The system of SHINKAI 6500 was completed.
1995
March
  • KAIKO succeeded in the world's deepest dive in the Mariana Trench.
October
  • Mutsu Office was opened.
2000
October
  • Washington Office was opened.
  • Mutsu Institute for Oceanography was inaugurated.
2001
April
  • Seattle Office was opened.
November
  • Global Oceanographic Data Center (Nago city, Okinawa) was opened.
2002
April
  • Earth Simulator recorded the world's highest computing performance.
August
  • Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences was opened.
2004
April
  • Independent Administrative Institution, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology was inaugurated.
July
  • Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology was reorganized as four research centers and three centers.
2005
February
  • Survey on the Earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island was implemented.
  • URASHIMA set a new world record for the continuous cruise of 317 km.
September
  • The newly constructed Deep-Sea Drilling Vessel CHIKYU was opened to the public.
October
  • Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research was established.
December
  • For the first time ever, deep-sea organisms were successfully captured alive using a "shuttle elevator".
2006
February
  • Columnar distribution of methane hydrate on the ocean floor was discovered off the coast of Niigata.
2007
March
  • The total number of SHINKAI 6500 dives reached 1,000. SHINKAI 6500 made the 1,000th dive at the Hatoma Knoll off the Ishigaki Island.
August
  • A CHIKYU's project, the IODP Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE) was launched.
2008
July
  • The remarkably abundant Archaea was found to exist in marine subsurface sediments.
September
  • Traces of coseismic hydrothermal fluid left in a fault were found for the first time in the world.
2009
March
  • The updated Earth Simulator - ES2 was launched.
April
  • JAMSTEC's second midterm plan started.
2010
August
  • Scientists of JAMSTEC and other organizations found that Japanese waters were a biodiversity hot spot.
September
  • A CHIKYU's project, the IODP Expedition 331: DEEP HOT BIOSPHERE was launched.
2011
March -
  • JAMSTEC helped urgent seismic research and radioactivity monitoring after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.
August
  • The Dense Ocean-floor Network System for Earthquakes and Tsunamis (DONET) started its full operation.
2012
March
  • Autonomous underwater vehicles YUMEIRUKA, OTOHIME and JINBEI were completed.
  • SHINKAI 6500 was upgraded.
April
  • The Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project or JFAST was launched.
October
  • The JAMSTEC Long-term Vision was developed.
2013
January
  • The challenge of “QUELLE 2013,” a round-the-world voyage of SHINKAI 6500 started.
March
  • The first meeting of the JAMSTEC Advisory Board which comprises members from various countries was held.
  • A remotely operated vehicle KAIKO Mk-IV was completed.
December
  • A new research vessel SHINSEI MARU embarked on its missions.
2014
April
  • The third mid-term plan went into effect.