In June 2022, we were able to invite Professor Hirono from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, who is a leading figure in the field of Japanese land-based aquaculture, to Suchat Farm through the introduction of Dr. Putth, the head of the shrimp aquaculture division of the Thai Department of Fisheries. Since then, it has been a very valuable meeting for us to be actively involved in the land-based aquaculture business not only in Thailand but also in Japan.
COVID-19 pandemics have passed, and for the first time in many years, the Aqua Expo in Thailand was held. Here, we can meet producers of various fish species representing Thailand, producers of feed and other materials, authorities in the academic world related to aquaculture, and all the key people involved in aquaculture in Thailand. As one of the few Japanese active in the Thai aquaculture scene, this is a very valuable event that makes us feel strongly that we should not be ashamed of our activities in Thailand.
At the International Seafood Show held at Tokyo Big Sight in August 2022, I gave a lecture on mixed aquaculture of Giant Freshwater Prawns and Vannamei Shrimp at a study session on land-based aquaculture. We were surprised by the large number of people from various industries who wanted to enter the land-based aquaculture business, and we strongly felt the potential for the development of land-based aquaculture in Japan.
At the lecture, I had the honor of giving the lecture among the leading figures in the industry and academia who are driving the Japanese land-based aquaculture industry. This valuable experience was a good opportunity for me to be motivated to contribute to the development of Japanese land-based aquaculture from the field in Thailand.
I am a Thailand freak who fell in love with the country when I was just 20 years old and have lived in Thailand for over 30 years. Over the years, I have witnessed the changes in Thailand. Japanese people and Japanese companies have been major factors in that change. I feel that now is the time to fulfill the responsibility of being Japanese. I have been involved in Thai land-based aquaculture from the perspective of environmental protection and the desire to protect Thailand's changing culture and nature. I would like to contribute to the protection of Japan's food and the natural environment by sharing with Japan all the know-how I have experienced in Thailand.
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