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Title Who Owns the Sea?
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the Plan to Revitalize Fisheries in Japan

Author Masayuki Komatsu

Price 3,024 yen (tax included)

ISBN 978-4-7890-1500-4

Published 2012-07-20

“Who “Owns the Sea?” Living with the sea is an inevitable condition for the Japanese. However, relations between the sea and the Japanese are about to change significantly in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

This book is about the ownership of the sea and fishery rights, about fisheries cooperatives, and about how we can protect marine resources. It also discusses how we can restore and revitalize Japan’s fisheries. It will be my immense pleasure if this book contributes to the revitalization of Japan’s sea and the fisheries industry, especially in the Tohoku region and Eastern Japan.

Masayuki Komatsu brings to Who Owns the Sea? An impressive combination of professional qualifications and personal commitment. Komatsu has devoted his career in government and in academia to administering and studying fisheries resources. As an official in Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, he represented his nation at numerous international fishing negotiations. As a professor at Japan’s National Graduate Institute For Policy Studies since 2008, he has served on a series of prime minister advisory committees. Komatsu holds an MBA from Yale University and a doctorate from the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Science.

Underlying Komatsu’s personal commitment to cause of reviving Japan’s fishing industry are his roots in “the fishing village” in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture were nearly wiped off the map by the tsunami that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake. Komatsu has returned frequently to Rikuzentakata to conduct onsite research and to take part in shaping policy initiatives for reviving the local fishing industry.

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