Future Quest, Inc.



Future Quest Inc. attends international conference at Oxford University

Future Quest Inc. attended the international conference “Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Japan’s Strategic Vision Goes Global” held on March 11-12 at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford, UK. The conference brought together international marine policy researchers from around the world.

The Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Japan’s Strategic Vision Goes Global



Japanese Ambassador to the U.K. Mr. Hayashi, also the Japanese representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), attended the conference, and our participants exchanged views with him on the IMO and the role we can play in the organization.

Embassy of Japan in the UK (Latest News)



The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency for maritime affairs, working on maritime safety and security and the prevention of environmental pollution caused by ships.

International Maritime Organization



As part of this effort, IMO is currently promoting the global unification of information exchange standards through digitization for the first time in maritime communications.

Maritime Single Window (MSW) mandatory as from 2024



Future Quest Inc. is developing CoastaLink, a maritime communication platform based on VDES, a new digital information exchange standard established by the IMO and promoted by its member countries, with the aim of “unifying all maritime communications”. The biggest problem of ship accidents is the lack of a common communication standard, which leads to accidents between ships and delays in rescue after accidents.


Photo: Japanese Ambassador to the United Kingdom Hajime Hayashi (center) and Future Quest officials

@Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford