A Comparison of New Ocean Technologies and Ocean Space Utilization in the United States and Japan

by Richard J. McLaughlin, Univ of Mississippi, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


Japan is currently engaged in the world's most active planning and promotional effort to develop new ocean uses and technologies. During the 1990s, dramatic increases in government spending for public works and rapidly growing demand for housing in coastal areas and for places to engage in ocean-related leisure activities will heighten the demand for scarce coastal property. Consequently, the Japanese government and business community are aggressively examining new ocean technologies and innovative uses of ocean space. In contrast to Japan, serious legal, political, and economic impediments in the United States make domestic commercialization of most new ocean uses and technologies unlikely in the near future. The purpose of this paper is to encourage U.S. industry to participate in the growing market for new ocean technologies in Japan. It will examine the status of ocean development in the United States and Japan and suggest methods to encourage collaborative arrangements between U.S. and Japanese companies.

Subject Headings: Comparative studies | Government | Coastal environment | Ocean engineering | Ocean currents | Housing | Seas and oceans | Innovation | United States | Japan | Asia

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