Dr. Osamu Matsuda is Chairman of Seto Inland Sea Research Conference and Professor emeritus of Hiroshima University. Since 1971, Mr. Matsuda has studied and conducted research on the Seto Inland Sea and on enclosed coastal seas at Hiroshima University. He specializes in material cycle theory, management of coastal environments and nature restoration. He has conducted fieldwork worldwide including in the Arctic Sea, Antarctic Sea, tropical zones, as well as the North and South Pacific. His publications include Turning the Seto Inland Sea into Satoumi, Studying the Link Between Forest, Land and Sea (Kyoto University Press), and An Introduction to Marine Issues (Maruzen).