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The Research Center for the Pacific Islands
The Research Center for the Pacific Islands promotes interdisciplinary research on island-related issues in the Asia-Pacific region. It has the support of researchers from Kagoshima University and other domestic and overseas universities and institutions. The results of its studies are combined to enhance comprehensive understanding of island environments and further the welfare of island communities. These objectives are pursued primarily through three interrelated projects: natural and social environments of islands and their sustainability; island development problems relating to medical care, information provision and social change; self-sustaining development in islands through technological progress in fields such as agriculture, fishery and education. The Center has a station in the Amami Islands, which supports research and education activities and advances regional goals.