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The philosophy towards achieving the goal of becoming a fully ocean-based nation is briefly stated in the Basic Act on Ocean Policy established in 2007, and is now being put into practice. JAMSTEC’s role in this mission is very clear: to support our society in achieving this goal, through developing new scientific and technological capabilities which contribute to the sustainable development, and responsible maintenance, of a peaceful and fulfilling global society.

We believe that the path to making this research institute a global leader is based on reflecting on past achievements, accepting the challenge of developing an integrated and comprehensive understanding of the Ocean, Earth, and Life; and the pursuit of ever-advanced theories to open new paradigms of research. These challenges can help JAMSTEC develop new marine-related scientific knowledge, create advanced technologies, and propose specific solutions for social issues.

The basic philosophies of these activities are uniqueness, flexibility, and adaptability. Uniqueness of applying novel approaches to problem solving; flexibility is needed in applying research results to societal needs, and adaptability is necessary for coordinating diverse lines of research towards future goals. Systems thinking, capturing the mutual influences of various events and phenomena, and combining them, is the new paradigm. Dynamically developing viewpoints from the micro to the macro and then back again, from basic concepts to applications and vice versa—are the challenges existing beyond currently established fields and efforts.

Cited from the "JAMSTEC Vision" [2013]

Executive Director for Research Hide Sakaguchi

Executive Director for Research
Hide Sakaguchi

Strategic Research and Development Area

Basic Research Area


Research Support Department

Executive Director for Development and Operation Wataru Azuma

Executive Director for Development and Operation
Wataru Azuma

Marine Technology and Engineering Center (MARITEC)

  • Planning and Coordination Office
  • Department of Engineering for Geo-Marine Science
    • Acoustics and Telecommunication Group
    • Instrumentation and Robotics Group
  • Department of Marine Technology Development
    • Application Engineering Group
    • Ocean Observation Technology Group
    • Underwater Vehicle Engineering and Operation Group
  • Department of Ship Operation
    • Operation and Planning Group
    • Facility Management Group
    • Coastal and EEZ Coordination Group
    • Ship Crew Team

Center for Earth Information Science and Technology (CEIST)

  • Planning and Coordination Office
  • Advanced Earth Information Research Department
    • Earth Simulation Research Group
    • Advanced Visualization and Computation Research Group
  • Geoinformatics Research Department
    • Data Synthesis Research Group
    • Data Dissemination Research Group
  • Information Systems Department
    • HPC Service and Administration Group
    • Information System Development Group
    • Management Information Systems Group
  • Data Management and Engineering Department
    • Data Informatics Group
    • Data Management Group (DMG)
  • Global Oceanographic Data Center (GODAC)
    • Data Research and Development Group
    • General Affairs Division

Center for Deep Earth Exploration (CDEX)

  • Planning and Coordination Office
  • Operations Department
    • Drilling Operation Group
    • Geological Evaluation Group
  • Technology Department
    • Technology Group I
    • Technology Group II
  • Science Services Department
    • Science Operation Group
    • Program Promotion Group
  • Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Group

Project Team for Development of New-generation Research Protocol for Submarine Resources

  • Ore Genesis Research Unit
  • Development of Exploration & Operation System Unit
  • Multiple AUV Technology Unit
  • ROV Advanced System Technology Unit
  • Ecosystem Observation and Evaluation Methodology Research Unit
  • Long-Term Observation Technology Unit
  • Planning and Coordination Unit

Project Team for Climate Change Adaptation Technology

  • Research and Development Unit for Near-term Climate Projection Technology
  • Research and Development Unit for Downscaling Technology

Project Team for HPC Advanced Predictions utilizing Big Data

  • Research Unit for Mesoscale Weather Predictions
  • Research Unit for Predictability of Global Weather Extremes
  • Research and Development Unit for Atmospheric Chemistry Model Development and Application
  • Research and Development Unit for HPC Platform Technology

Project Team for Development of Innovative technologies for exploration on Deep Sea Resources

  • Planning and Coordination Unit