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President’s Address at Enrollment Ceremony for the October 2015

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Ladies and gentlemen, congratulations! Welcome to the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, which we call TUMSAT.

TUMSAT was established in October 2003 through the merger of two universities: Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine and Tokyo University of Fisheries. Although TUMSAT itself has been in existence for just 12 years, its predecessors brought with them long traditions, as Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine was founded in 1875 and Tokyo University of Fisheries in 1888. Indeed, this year marks the 140th anniversary of Tokyo University of Mercantile Marine’s founding. At TUMSAT, we carry on the traditions, character, and characteristics of our predecessors. At the same time, as Japan's only university dedicated to oceanography and related studies, we remain committed to both education and research under the motto “To know and conserve the sea”. In this capacity, we strive to play a leading role in further developing Japan as a maritime nation.

Our graduate school, the Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology, offers both a master’s program and a doctoral program.

This year, we observe the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Japan invaded many countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia, including China, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Japan occupied these countries and caused great loss of life there. Japan also lost some 3.1 million of its own people and became the only country in the world to suffer devastation by atomic weapons. Upholding the lessons taught by this dark history under the banner of pacifism, we are making an effort to join with the world’s people in building a future free from military force and war.

Similarly, in our research, we pursue the development of technologies that have no application in war. I want everyone who enters this university to fully understand this point. We strive to create an environment for peaceful learning and research that provide safety and peace of mind. I urge all of you to pursue your studies at TUMSAT with full commitment. And I further urge you to develop your achievements so that they can be of benefit to the world at large. I hope to see all of you become capable of contributing at the global level, not just as Japanese or international students, but as citizens of the Earth. I want you to step forward with the passionate desire to pioneer new paths and establish new industries as leaders destined to shape the future of marine science and technology.

I would like to emphasize next paragraph which I said before in last graduation ceremony. There is one especially important point that I want you to keep in mind. And that is that TUMSAT provides education with emphasis on practical science for the purpose of training highly skilled professionals. Because we are an institution dedicated to laboratory science, experimental data is everything. Reading such data enables us to develop new theories and new forms of manufacturing. However, many cases of research misconduct have come to light, particularly recently. Most of them involve manipulation or fabrication of data. For scientists, data are of utmost importance, and neither theory nor proof can be realized by tampering or twisting them. It is important to read proper data accurately. And when you are attempting to make a new discovery, I want you to construct your hypotheses based on sufficient data. You are about to begin a graduate program that will take two, three, or even five years from now. As you proceed with your studies, I hope you will face the data you obtain with humility and put them to good use in establishing new theories and scientific proof. When you are studying practical science—whether it be in oceanography, maritime, or fisheries sciences—do not forget the fundamentals of substantiated science. And do your best to become a respected scientist and highly skilled specialist.

There is one last thing I would like to mention before I conclude my address. In the 21st century, we are facing a great number of problems on our planet. One is the population explosion, a second is environmental destruction, and a third is the North-South divide. Together these three problems form what is generally called a “trilemma.” Our task is to find solutions. Part of finding them will be the conduct of various forms of research. Whether your subject of interest is oceanography, marine engineering, food science, marine biosciences, resource management, fishery or logistics, I urge you to make a contribution toward this end. Let me remind you again. You are not just Japanese or foreign students—you are people of the Earth. I look forward to seeing you rise up to take your place among distinguished researchers on the global stage.

October 5, 2015
Dr. Toshio Takeuchi
President, TUMSAT