ArCS II Session: JAPANESE PROJECT FOR BRIDGING SCIENCE TO SOCIETY at the Arctic Circle Japan Forum
Reported by Hiroyuki ENOMOTO (NIPR)
The Arctic Circle Japan Forum was held March 4-6, 2023 in Tokyo. There were more than 300 participants, and over 100 presenters gave presentations and panels in more than 50 sessions. ArCS II session: JAPANESE PROJECT FOR BRIDGING SCIENCE TO SOCIETY was held at this forum. The session had:
・Hiroyuki Enomoto (ArCS II Project Director; Professor, National Institute of Polar Research)
・Yuka Oishi (Lecturer, Kobe University: Social Science (Indigenous Community))
・Naomi Harada (Professor, Tokyo University: Arctic Science Direction)
・Fujio Ohnishi (Associate Professor, Arctic Research Center/Hokkaido University: Building an Arctic Community of Practice in Japan)
・Hajo Eicken (Director, International Arctic Research Center/University of Alaska Fairbanks: International Collaboration: Expectation to Japan to “Respond”)
・Paul Arthur Berkman (President, Science Diplomacy Center; Senior Fellow, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR): Capacity Building)
In the session, we introduced the outline of the ArCS II project and the contents of activities that link science to society and received comments from overseas project proponents.
We introduced the features of Japanese projects to the international community and the results of our efforts in unique activities. We also introduced the discussion and content of the 4th Basic Plan on Ocean Policy, which is scheduled to be published in 2023, regarding the Arctic and the future direction of Japan’s Arctic policy.
The commentators expressed their expectations for the ArCS II project’s comprehensive and unique activities, their opinions on the importance of human resource development, which the project is working on, and Japan’s efforts.