◆ Philosophy of the Minamata Environmental Academia

As a central hub of higher education and research, we promote organic collaborations between industry, academia, government, and private residents, sharing new knowledge and wisdom with the world.

 - Contributions to the local and global community  

Through codifying and universalizing the knowledge, wisdom, and lessons of Minamata, the Academia provides meaningful learning in Minamata for people from all over the world. Moreover, we create opportunities to know, to think, and to learn from each other, connecting visitors to local residents.Through these actions, the Academia’s mission is to become a center of sustainable development education and to contribute to a sustainable future, on both a local and a global scale.

  ◆ 水俣環境アカデミアの役割・活動指針

 ● 「知」を集め、つなぎ、創り、発信する。


 ● 地域のシンクタンクとして、再生、融和、振興を持続的に支える。 


 ● 未来志向型の人材を育成する。 

  ◆ Action Plan of the Minamata Environmental Academia

 ● Coordinate among various sector’s and disseminate information

The results of research and educational activities held through the cooperation of the Minamata Environmental Academia are shared through events, publications, the Internet, and the press. By sharing new knowledge and wisdom, we hope to contribute to the resolution of problems facing the world.


 ● Support sustainable local development as a local think tank 

We contribute to the sustainable development of local communities by providing concrete ideas and methods that are based on new research, in order to solve local problems.


 ● Develop future-minded human resources

We develop future-minded human resources that can set aside preconceptions to solve complicated and difficult social problems. We encourage the use of backcasting techniques, picturing a desired future and taking steps to make that future a reality.

  ◆ 水俣環境アカデミアの機能





  ◆ Missions of the Minamata Environmental Academia

  •  ● Research and Education

    The Academia welcomes students and researchers who perform fieldwork in Minamata. We also propose research topics, support the expansion of research to solve real world problems, and contributes to local problem resolution. The Academia is actively working to attract educational programs that utilize local resources such as Minamata’s people, nature, culture, and industry in order to help educate those who will lead the next generation.


  •  ● Local Community Development

    We match students and researchers to local people and places to ensure that educational research activities can operate smoothly. Regularly-held liaisons between high schools and universities, open lectures for city residents, and symposiums held in Minamata support the personal growth of the population, both locally and in the wider region.


  •  ● Job-Creation and Industrial Development

    Through collaboration with the Minamata Environmental Technology Center, Minamata Eco-Town, and other local businesses, and by inviting researchers who work in various sector’s, we promote job creation and industrial development.

  ◆ 水俣環境アカデミアの具体的取組例

(1) 地域に根ざした研究活動の誘致・提案

 慶應義塾大学「第Ⅲ期 環境経済の政策研究」の受入



  ◆ Achivements of the Minamata Environmental Academia

 ●  Attraction and Proposal of Research Activities

Collaboration with Keio University research on environmental economics and policy.

Collaboration with Kumamoto University Center of Community (COC) program.

Collaboration with Kyushu University Urban Research Center.


 ●  Attraction and Proposal of Activities in Higher Education

Accepting field work programs from Keio University, Kyushu University, Fukuoka Women’s University, Sophia University, Tokyo University and others.

Holding teleconferenced remote lectures, such as between Keio University and Minamata High School.

Delivering a lecture to Kyoto University.


 ●  Regional Revitalization based on the cooperative activities

Holding workshops with Keio University and Minamata High School students.

Supporting Minamata High School’s activities as a “Super Global High School”.

Holding open lectures for citizens and science seminars for local students.

Holding symposiums in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Minamata.