Water / Soil / Ground Environment

There will be a symposium in Tokyo on marine litter.

International and domestic Symposium on marine litter will be held in Tokyo on Saturday December 10, 2016.

Since the problem on marine litter has become serious, the high interest was paid as the world common problem that should be settled during G7 Ise - Shima Summit, Toyama Environment Ministers' Meeting and Ibaraki, Tsukuba Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting.

At the symposium, we introduce action stimulated by overseas experts and domestic various entities. We would like people who are interested in the marine litter problem to participate in the symposium.

1. Event Details

Date:Saturday, December 10th, 2016
Venue:KAIUN Club, 2F Conference Hall; (2-6-4, Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Website: http://kaiunclub.org/access.html
Hosted by:Ministry of the Environment Japan


1st Session: International Symposium (English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation is available.)

※ The program will might be changed in the future.
※ Reception starts: 09:30


Opening Address
(The Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan)


Plastics in the ocean: Are there solutions to this global environmental problem?
Prof. Richard C. THOMPSON, Plymouth University


History and advances in the understanding of the marine microplastic pollution
Prof. Andrés CÓZAR, University of Cádiz


The case of the missing microplastic: Using computers to simulate the sources, pathways and fate of microplastic in the ocean
Dr. Erik van SEBILLE, Imperial College London




2nd Session : Domestic Symposium (Japanese only)

※ The program will might be changed in the future.
※ Reception starts: 13:00


Opening Address
Policy on marine litter and microplastic

(The Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan)


Microplastic pollution : Ubiquitous occurrence, historic perspective, and global trend toward solution
Prof. Hideshige TAKADA, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology


Current status and future plan of researches on microplastic distribution from offshore to open ocean
Dr. Keiichi UCHIDA, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology


Efforts to reduce marine litter through municipality collaboration
Mr. Toshiyuki KOBAYASHI, Water and Air Environment Division, Department of Environment and Social Affairs, Mie Prefecture Government


Girls' challenge toward the sea floor litter problem in Seto Inland Sea
Mr. Takashi INOUE, Sanyo Girls' High School




Warning signs from a deep sea fish, the longnose lancetfish (Alepisaurus ferox) in Suruga Bay
Mr. Yoshihide ITO, Marine Science Museum, School of Marine Science and Technology, Tokai University


From a social system of mass production, mass consumption and mass disposal toward a resource recycling system
Ms. Rieko NONOYAMA, Pal System Tokyo, Consumers' Cooperative


Toward the reduction of marine litter production from the inland: Efforts in Hozugawa, Kyoto
Mr. Sadao HARADA, NPO Save Hozu River Project, Associate Professor, Osaka University of Commerce


How should we work on marine pollution caused by plastic trash?
Mr. Hiroshi KANEKO, JEAN, Japan Environmental Action Network



Participation fee:free (pre-registration required)
Maximum capacity:300 persons (in the order of registration)
  • Let us know which part of the symposium you would like to participate in. You can also choose to participate in the full day.
  • Eating and drinking in the venue is prohibited.
  • Please do not leave any trash (There are no trash cans in the venue).

2. How to register

We have committed the secretariat and registration for participating to IDEA Consultants,Inc. Please apply to them with the following explanation no later than December 6 (Tuesday).

Note; We have only 300 sheets on December 10. We cannot accept your registration if the number of participants reaches our capacity.

Contact information for registration and inquiry

(Contact) Marine Litter Symposium 2016 Secretariat

[Japanese] http://ideacon.jp/press/161210j.html

[English] http://ideacon.jp/press/161210e.html
IDEA Consultants, Inc. Ms. Ayako Inoue (TEL:045-593-7637)
[Office Hours:Mon-Fri 9:00~17:30]

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