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Program Summary
In Japan, which has an extremely low level of food self-sufficiency, the fish culturing industry represents an important source of good animal albumin, and one of the few industries to have become a global leader in the field. The industry is also the area attracting the most anticipation for direct response to the global expansion in fish-eating culture and to issues related to food.

Full culturing of bluefin tuna was first achieved in Kinki University in 2002, but mass seedling production on an industrial scale has yet to be commenced. The research and development of new technologies in areas such as mass bluefin tuna production, and the acquisition of related intellectual property, is expected to be achieved through focused national support — in other words, through active promotion in this COE Program.

In this program, we aim not simply to develop culturing technology for useful species of fish, but to build an unmatchable, world-class research and culturing site, on a basis of industrial support and research to engage in industrial-scale fish production and the consideration of all areas from quality inspection to sales, distribution, economic effects, and environmental conservation.

It is hope that the undergraduate students, graduate students, and doctorate researchers experiencing this program will develop into human resources with practical industrial know-how and fighting potential to make a great contribution to the development of the culturing, distribution, and food industries, and will be able to bring an end to the depression in Japan's animal-based food industry and to the food issues expected in the future.

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