(Mainichi: February 20, 2016 – p. 28)
At a news conference held after the cabinet meeting on Feb. 19, Aiko Shimajiri, minister in charge of science and technology affairs, indicated that she will propose an international monitoring regime for the conservation of the marine environment at the G7 meeting of science and technology ministers to be held in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, in May.
According to the Cabinet Office, there is a limit to what Japan can do in terms of marine monitoring, so Japan plans to propose setting up a monitoring regime in cooperation with the other G7 nations. Plastic and vinyl are not easily degradable and they are having a serious impact on marine life. This was also a main topic of discussion at the G7 Summit in Germany last year. Many aspects of the effects of global warming and acidification of seawater have yet to be investigated, and this poses challenges for many countries.
The G7 ministerial will discuss a total of six major topics, including tropical diseases, international cooperation in dementia research, and increasing the number of female researchers.