Projet Grand Maillet is named after the first new research vessel built for the International Coastal Research Center
in Otsuchi since the disaster. The name of Otsuchi town means ‘big maillet’ in English and ‘grand maillet’ in French.
 
 

Interviews & Articles



THE SEA IS TOUGHER THAN THE LAND: 
An Interview with Professor Atsushi Tsuda


Professor Tsuda has visited Otsuchi town every spring since 1983. Year by year he has observed all that has changed in the town, and all that has remained the same. Otsuchi is surrounded by beautiful mountains on one side and by the sea on the other side. The sky is clear and the air is ‘tasty’ as the Japanese often say. The Research Center lies right by the sea and it has a great view of Otsuchi bay. In the middle of the bay there lies a small island called Horai. Read On
 


GOOD MODEL NEEDS GOOD OBSERVATON: 
A Conversation with Professor Kiyoshi Tanaka


Every Japanese child has learned about the Kuroshio and Oyashio currents. They know where the good stuff comes from. By good stuff I mean delicious seafood that forms the foundation of Japanese cuisine. I must admit I haven’t spent much time wondering about water currents and their influence on my everyday life. But I guess that is the difference between the people of my country and the people of Japan, a country that is surrounded by and depends on the sea. Read On