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Overview of the Research Center

Greetings from the director

Kazuo Goto

Welcome to the Research Center website

The Research Center was established in the head office of the foundation in December 2008. Under the directions of consultants and research advisers, nearly 30 experts are working actively on research studies, the promotion of public awareness, social contributions, and regional cooperative activities, all of which take place in the audiovisual room, the field, and in the research facility with rooms for experiment, cultivation, examination and sampling, based on the foundation’s midterm business plan. Please refer to the pages of each section.


The Okinawa Churashima Foundation possesses an abundant accumulation of achievements and expertise in regards to research study, skill development, and dissemination of knowledge regarding subtropical animals and plants, mainly through managing national parks in the past.
In recent years, various issues have been raised, e.g. dealing with various environmental issues such as global warming and the crisis of the ecosystem, promoting tourism and industries utilizing the natural environment and historical scenery of Okinawa, cooperating with the community, and managing parks to accommodate diversified needs of park users.
The Okinawa Churashima Foundation is committed to dealing with these issues by gathering the knowledge and capabilities that we have cultivated thus far. Therefore, with the Research Center as the base, the foundation, from a long-term point of view, will enhance and advance the research study and promotion of matters such as environmental issues with high social needs, industrial development, and improvement of park functions to further contribute to society.

Objectives:Contribution to industrial development, Dealing with environmental issues, Improvement of park functions

Research adviser

Full Name Affiliation Position Area of expertise
Naoki Kamezaki Okayama University of Science, Faculty of Biosphere-Geosphere Science, Department of Biosphere-Geosphere Science
Kobe Suma Aqualife Park
Academic Research Control
Marine biology centering on sea turtles
Kazuhiro Nakaya Hokkaido University Emeritus Professor Systematic taxonomy and functional morphology of cartilaginous fish and sharks
Hidehiro Kato The Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology Professor Cetacean Ecology
Hajime Koshimizu Meiji University Professor Bioenvironmental engineering, Greening environmental engineering
Yasutsugu Yokohama Former Shizugawa Nature Center (Minami Sanriku Town Natural Environment-Friendly Center)
Pressed Seaweed Craft Association
Director Sea weeds
Tetsuo Koyama Kochi Prefectural Makino Memorial Foundation
The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden
B.P.Bishop Museum, Honolulu, U.S.A.
Emeritus Curator, Adviser
Plant science and resources, systematic botany, botanical garden science
Masahiro Mii Chiba University of Horticulture Studies Emeritus Professor Breeding, horticultural plant, gene recombination, tissue culture
Senzo Uchida Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium Emeritus Curator Captive research on aquatic mammals and elasmobranchs
Tetsuo Yoshino Former University of the Ryukyus, Faculty of Science Associate Professor Fish taxonomy
Marine biogeography
Koji Karasawa Former Takamori Orchid Garden General Manager Cytogenetics (orchid plants)
Takayuki Ikeda University of the Ryukyus
Specified Nonprofit Corporation Society that Love the Landscape of Okinawa Chairman
Emeritus Professor
Chief Director
City and regional planning, Landscape and scenery development
Akira Goto Nanzan University Professor Cultural Anthropology Ethnoarchaeology
Kurayoshi Takara University of Ryukyus Emeritus Professor History of Ryukyu and research of reconstruction of Shuri castle
Takaaki Ishii National Institute of Technology, Tokuyama College
Limited liability company
Research associate
Representative partner
Soil microbiology
Yaeko Nishio Finishing School Nishio Gakuin Principal Ryukyu cuisine, Okinawan food