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SOLAS-Japan National committee was reorganized and approved as an IGBP subcommittee under the international committee of the Science Council of Japan in 2006. Since 2003, we have been holding the national symposia and the committee meetings annually.

Our research proposal, entitled “Linkages in Biogeochemical Cycles Between Surface Ocean and Lower Atmosphere” (W-PASS: Western Pacific Air-Sea interaction Study) to the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research in Priority Areas, was funded by MEXT and started in July 2006 as a 5-year project with over 70 members. The goal of the W-PASS is to achieve quantitative understanding of the key biogeochemical interactions and feedbacks between the ocean and atmosphere. Several cruises are planned with international collaboration; these include related core projects under IGBP and SCOR. SOLAS-Japan has also supported sending several young Japanese scientists to the SOLAS international summer schools held in France every two years. (http://solas.jp/)

8. Cooperative Studies with Asian Countries

The JSPS (Japan Society for Promoting Sciences) Multilateral Core University Program, ‘Coastal Marine Science (CMS)’ succeeding “Coastal Oceanography”, started its second phase in 2006 and will continue until 2010. The participating countries for this project are Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam. This program consists of four core projects. Under this program, many symposia and workshops have been held, and cooperative studies have been promoted and enhanced.

Committee members at the 19th Term and 20th Term of Science Council of Japan I. Membership of the 19th Term (from October 2003 to September 2005) as on 1 October 2003

Chair: Secretary: Members:

Prof. Masaki Kawabe (University of Tokyo) Prof. Yutaka Michida (University of Tokyo) Prof. Toshiyuki Awaji (Kyoto University) Prof. Toshitaka Gamo (University of Tokyo) Prof. Toshiyuki Hibiya (University of Tokyo) Prof. Shiro Imawaki (Kyushu University) Prof. Toshio Suga (Tohoku University) Dr. Kensuke Takeuchi (Japan Marine Science and Technology Center)

II. Membership of the 20th Term (from October 2006 to September 2008) as on 1 July 2007

Chair: Secretary: Members:

Prof. Kimio Hanawa (Tohoku University) Prof. Yutaka Michida (University of Tokyo) Prof. Toshiyuki Awaji (Kyoto University)

Prof. Toshitaka Gamo (University of Tokyo) Prof. Shiro Imawaki (Kyushu University) Prof. Masaki Kawabe (University of Tokyo) Prof. Michio J. Kishi (Hokkaido University) Prof. Mitsuo Uematsu (University of Tokyo) Prof. Masaaki Wakatsuchi (Hokkaido University) Prof. Toshio Yamagata (University of Tokyo)

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