Midori KURAHASHI, Project Associate Professor
I have reached the age where you need reading glasses. I have been doing scuba diving for 30 years and I was always wondering whether the marine leisure environment in Japan could be improved. So, I came up with some ideas. First of all, I would suggest constructing a safe diving park by using new Japanese technology and implementing, for example, “healing diving” by moonlight diving, among others.
Angelica NAKA, Project Researcher
I studied chemistry at the Catholic University, Lima, Peru. I obtained the Master's in Environmental Management and the PhD in Global Environmental Studies at Kyoto University. I worked as a Research Associate at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Ibaraki, Japan. I am a Japanese-descended Peruvian and came to Japan to realize my dream of becoming a bridge between Peru and Japan through environmental projects. The Biomass Shore Project represents to me a dream-become-true opportunity, so I will do my utmost to see it put into practical use.
Rio YOGUCHI, Technical Assistant
I obtained the PhD in Fisheries Science at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Department of Food Hygiene Microbiology. I am an older person who has reached retirement age. I was invited to work at the Biomass Shore Project, so I am supporting research projects. Throughout my professional life, I have been dealing with different kinds of microorganisms, but I am still having new experiences every day. I have the chance to interact with young researchers, which is a good stimulus for my hardened head.
Yuta ISHIKAWA, Research Support Assistant
I graduated from Takushoku University, Faculty of Political Science and Economics. I have been working on research related to agriculture using renewable energy. I believe that renewable energy would be one of the crucial technologies that will help stop abnormal weather caused by global warming, so I decided to join the Biomass Shore Project.
Yuka AKIMOTO, Assistant
I graduated from Tamagawa University, Department of Early Childhood Care and Development. I am a certified childcare worker by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and I am also a qualified child welfare worker. I have been working as an assistant at the University of Tokyo for more than 15 years, but there are still many tasks that cannot be done without the laboratory and the administrative staff’s help. I am keenly aware of my immaturity.
*A total of 6 members, including the above 5 staff members and 1 technical assistant, are engaged in the Biomass Shore Project.