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Research Institute for Marine Resources Utilization

Understanding material circulation and origin of resources in oceans to ensure sustainable use

We still exploit only a small fraction of the organisms, minerals, and other resources to be found in the oceans. Many oceanic functions remains similarly unexploited. In addition to conducting research and development that contributes to the sustainable use of oceans, we will seek to advance Japan’s marine industries through making the specimens, data, technologies, and scientific knowledge gained from our investigation of deep-sea and seabed environments available to relevant industries.

Naohiko Ohkouchi
Director-General, Research Institute for Marine Resources Utilization