The Japanese ship industry (which includes the shipbuilding industry and the ship machinery industry that supports it) and the shipping
industry continue to maintain their core positions in the world in the midst of severe international competition. Despite this, in recent
times, under the excessively fierce competition caused by factors such as the overproduction of ships and superfluous building facilities
and equipment, it is necessary for us to further enhance our competitiveness; and the need for a strategic approach to business
leveraging our technological capabilities is greater than ever before.
In order to achieve this, JSTRA will formulate strategies from an integrated R&D-based perspective for the development of
international regulations and standards in the maritime field, and seek to affect an effective and agile response supported by
Japanese technological capabilities. In R&D, we will tackle issues that cater to the needs of the maritime industries. By doing so,
we will help to enhance Japan’s international competitiveness and contribute to ensuring the safety of the international society and
conserving the global environment.
Based on this operating policy, JSTRA will seek to promote and drive mutual partnerships between the worlds of industry (the
shipping, shipbuilding and ship machinery industries), government (inspection organizations and other government agencies) and
academia (universities, research institutes and academic societies).
JSTRA has established a Ship Technology Strategy Board (chaired by Tomokazu Taniguchi) with the participation of various concerned
parties; including stakeholders from the shipbuilding and ship machinery industries, the shipping industry, universities, research institutions,
academic societies, ship inspection organizations and various government agencies. Through this committee, JSTRA formulates and
follows up on strategies that approach R&D, regulations and standards in an integrated manner.