| US Japan Live Forum Foundation presented Antarctica Live project with a theme of "The Globalization of our Environmental Problems". It's a part of a course "IT Video Journalism" at El Camino College (Torrance, CA). We had support from Asahi Shimbun, National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) and JETRO LA Office.
We connected three locations, which were Syowa Station in Antarctica, Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo, Japan, and El Camino College in Torrance, California on the Internet. We broad images from Showa Station with latest information there. Then, Yumi Nakayama, ex-correspondent, who just came back to Japan from Antarctica, gave a speech regarding her experiences at Showa Station. This project allowed students in the US and Japan ask some questions on environmental issues directly to the 46th observation team in Antarctica. This whole project was broad live to the world on the Internet. There were about 100 people who participated in this project including students at El Camino College, Japanese students in the US, and high school students in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.
Environmental problems used to be discussed as a problem in certain areas or countries. However, this issue has been a big problem, which involves every part of the Earth since 21st century. Air pollution, ocean pollution, or forest pollution are giving our lives a lot of bad effects all over the world.
Antarctica is called "Informative Continent" because the ice, which includes a lot of substances from the old era, gives us various information on how the Earth has been changing as time goes by. Observation team at Dome Fuji in Antarctica is working on the research and Yumi Nakayama, ex-correspondent, gave a speech about her experience there.
Also, we researched about Wet Nile Virus, which has been a problem in the US and we found a connection with Global Warming, which is one of the serious environmental problems. Students who participated in Antarctica Live had an opportunity to ask questions on this issue to the 46th Observation Wintering Team in Antarctica.