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NYK Welcomes Back Participants in NYK Nature Fellowship

December 18, 2012

Front row, from left:
Toshisuke Kobayashi, a board member of Earthwatch Institute - Japan;
Yoko Takahashi, president of the Japan Philanthropic Association;
Koji Miyahara, NYK chairman;
Naoya Tazawa, NYK senior managing corporate officer;
Yoko Wasaki, NYK corporate officer

On December 14, a ceremony recognizing the completion of activities by recipients of the seventh NYK Nature Fellowship1 was held at the NYK head office in Tokyo. The fellowship is administered jointly with the Earthwatch Institute.2 The university students who had participated in the program were joined by Toshisuke Kobayashi, a board member of the Earthwatch Institute - Japan, and Yoko Takahashi, a president of the Japan Philanthropic Association,3who helped select this year’s fellowship recipients.
NYK established this fellowship in 2005 as a biodiversity initiative after winning the Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award.4 Since then, 55 recipients — 27 NYK Group employees and 28 university students — have participated in the fellowship to engage in maritime environmental research around the world.
NYK chairman Koji Miyahara expressed his gratitude to everyone who supported the program, and encouraged the students by saying, "We would like you to share with others the valuable experiences gained through these intercultural exchanges and this research of the marine environment, and utilize what you have learned for the realization of a better environment for the earth.”
The students reported on their experiences, one commenting, “Discussions with other members about religion and the labor environment caused me to carefully consider my own thoughts about these matters in Japan.” Another participant stressed, "My world was broadened as I absorbed not only the content of the research but also various other ideas through discussions with others of different ages.”
The NYK Group will continue to make efforts to be a good corporate citizen sustainably coexisting with the global community by proactively remaining engaged in activities that contribute to our society,
1 NYK Nature Fellowship
A program launched upon NYK’s receipt of the Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award in May 2005.
2 Earthwatch Institute - Japan
Earthwatch, established in 1971 in Boston, is the world's largest international nongovernmental organization and provides researchers with both human and financial support for overseas field research and surveys. Volunteers dispatched all over the world by Earthwatch have taken active roles at cutting-edge scientific sites, receiving instruction from world-class scientists. Earthwatch Institute - Japan was established in 1993 for the purpose of promoting Earthwatch activities in Asia. In 2003, it was certified as a nonprofit organization.
Website: https://www.earthwatch.org
3 Japan Philanthropic Association
An association that has been active since 1991 promoting social contribution activities that allow corporations to fulfill their responsibilities to society.
Website: https://www.philanthropy.or.jp/english/
4 Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award
This award was established by Dr. Thor Heyerdahl5 and the Norwegian Shipowners' Association in June 1999 to improve the global environment, announce to all segments of society the environmental benefits of shipping as a mode of transport, and encourage the implementation of new, specific environmental measures. An award recipient is generally selected every two years. NYK won the third award in 2005.
Website: https://www.heyerdahlaward.com
5 Dr. Thor Heyerdahl (1914–2002)
A Norwegian cultural anthropologist and explorer, Dr. Heyerdahl successfully completed a voyage in 1947 on the Pacific Ocean from Peru to Polynesia on a kon tiki, a light balsa raft made without nails and wires.
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