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First exports of farmed bluefin tuna to begin

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japanese trader Toyota Tsusho Corp. and Kindai University said Thursday that they will start in earnest exports of fully farmed bluefin tuna. At first, chilled tuna will be exported by air from this month to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asian nations including Singapore and Vietnam. Toyota Tsusho and Kindai University hope that annual exports will reach some 2,000 fish by 2020. They will also export fully farmed yellowtail mainly to Asia, where demand for fish is growing on the back of the increasing popularity of “washoku” Japanese cuisine.

In 2002, Kindai University for the first time in the world succeeded in artificially raising bluefin tuna from eggs to adult fish. The company and the university agreed in 2010 on technological cooperation on full farming of bluefin tuna. Since 2014, they have been producing fully farmed tuna at a Toyota Tsusho facility in Goto, Nagasaki Prefecture, with annual production totaling 3,500 to 4,000 fish.Speech

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