Rapid expansion of human industrial exploitation has brought drastic changes to various aspects of the humanosphere, which threatens human health and the circumstances necessary for a safe and secure life. The purpose of Mission 5 is to take effective measures, based on the achievements of Missions 1 to 4, to harmonize human health and environmental issues, establish a society independent from fossil resources, maintain a space infrastructure that supports the human living environment, and contribute to society by creating a renewable wood-based civilization. In this way, Mission 5 aims to improve of the quality of the humanosphere in the future. This mission is based on collaborative research activities carried out from 2011 to 2015 as “Frontier Research on the Sustainable Humanosphere”, which is an institute-driven top-down project studying the five main themes for human life by means of humanosphere sciences.
Harmonization of Human Health and the Environment: Bioactive Compounds, Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields, and Air Quality Issues
This mission addresses divergent themes related to human health and environmental harmonization, namely, bioactive compounds derived from plant mass, evaluation of biological effects of electromagnetic fields, and air quality issues surrounding human environments.
Establishing a Society with Reduced Dependence on Fossil Resources: Plants, Biomass, Energy, and Materials
In this mission we study microwave energy transfer, plant breeding and the conversion of plants to energy, chemicals, and materials to contribute to a society with reduced dependence on fossil resources.
Space Infrastructure for Daily Life: Preservation and Utilization of Positioning, Observation, and Communication Functions
Positioning, remote sensing, and communication functions are important for social space infrastructure that sustains the humanosphere. This mission advances research to preserve space infrastructure, such as space debris removal technology, space environment dynamics, and atmosphere sensing technology.
Scientific Research on Wood Selection and its Contribution to Society: Wooden Architecture, Living Environments, Wood Resources/Databases, and Transition of Usage
Research into the exchanges between wood-based cultures across the world will provide new understandings about mutual relationships with Japan. Future living environments based on this accumulated knowledge of “wood usage” will lead to the establishment of a more sustainable society.