The National Research and Development Agency, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA) was established on April 1, 2016 through a merger of the Fisheries Research Agency and the National Fisheries University.

The FRA aims to maximize research and development (R&D) outcomes as the only comprehensive fisheries R&D organization in Japan. This will be achieved by creating a synergistic effect through the utilization of advanced research results and research facilities for student education while maintaining the R&D function of the Fisheries Research Agency and the human resource development function of the National Fisheries University as well as striving to be a core human resource development organization that leads Japan’s new fishing industry.

In response to the new Medium- to Long-term Objectives announced by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries for the five-year period between FY2016 and FY2020, the FRA has formulated the Fourth Medium- to long-term Plan.

Based on these Objectives and Plan, the FRA will contribute to the revival of Japan as a nation of fisheries by maximizing R&D outcomes through prioritizing research topics, refining education content in our human resource development operations, synergizing the effects of these two operations, and establishing the proper organization to effectively and efficiently promote our operations.