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  • Irene Gabaldon

Blue Economy and Japan

Updated: Dec 22, 2022

Japan is working to develop new methods and technologies to deepen and strengthen our relationship with the ocean and ensure that we sustainably enjoy the benefits of it for generations to come.

The seas provide an ocean of resources that we should take care of and preserve, and they should be used appropriately to contribute to the global environment. That is why the “blue economy” is relevant, especially considering that it covers all economic activities dependent on the sea: fisheries, aquaculture and marine biotechnology, tourism, navigation, maritime transport and energy, among others.

Man fishing in the shore of Chiba

Blue Economy is defined by The World Bank as:

"The sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of the ocean ecosystem."

To address this issue, with the cooperation of fishers and coastal communities, Japan and other countries are expanding offshore wind power use. Meanwhile, the International Maritime Organization, has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions from shipping by at least 40% below 2008 levels by 2030 and 70% by 2050. By 2028, the Japanese government plans to develop zero-emission ships through collaborations with businesses, academics, and the public sector.

Offshore wind power turbines

Also, interest in the use of electric outboard motors has increased in the fishing and marine tourism industries, for example by creating electric tour boats, and the use of renewable energy for shipping and port facilities is gaining popularity and awareness

Boat in Setouchi region

In December 2020, Japan fulfilled a commitment it had made in 2010 to make 10% of the waters under its jurisdiction marine protected areas by 2020. It was achieved by establishing four marine protected areas around the Ogasawara Islands, boosting the ratio of protected areas in its exclusive economic zone to 13.3%.

Taking this into account we can see that Japan is taking considerable steps and is taking seriously the application of this economic model. We are looking forward to seeing further positive impacts in coastal regions and to contribute from our sector to the protection of our beautiful seas.

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