Annual Report 2016
Country Reports


Yasuyuki Ikegami Institute of Ocean Energy, Saga University


Aiming to promote a comprehensive and systematic implementation of policies relating to the ocean, the Japanese Government enacted the “Ocean Basic Law” in July 2007. Based on this “Ocean Basic Law”, the cabinet later issued the “Basic Plan on Ocean Policy” in March 2008. Since April 2013, the second “Basic Plan on Ocean Policy (BPOP)” has been in effect and will continue through March 2018, also based on the “Ocean Basic Law”.

The Second Basic Plan on Ocean Policy states the importance of the aim to “realize a new oceanic State in harmony with the peaceful and positive development and use of the oceans with the conservation of the marine environment, under international cooperation based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and other international agreements.” Considering this, the Government has decided to set the following as its basic stance and approach in adopting the development of the new Basic Plan on Ocean Policy:

  1. International cooperation and contribution to the international community;
  2. Wealth and prosperity through ocean development and utilization of the sea;
  3. Evolving from a country protected by the sea to a country that protects the sea;
  4. Venturing into the unexplored frontier.

Under the section of the BPOP ‘Utilization of Sea’, as it relates to number 2 above, Renewable Ocean Energy has been planned including ‘wave energy, tidal energy, ocean current energy, and ocean thermal energy’. All Renewable Ocean Energy projects based on the 2nd BPOP have been progressing and are scheduled through March 2018.

In 2016, discussions have been started to plan the next 3rd BPOP (five years) for promoting ‘Utilization of Sea’, including Ocean Energy.