We hope that becoming familiar from childhood with how foods are made will encourage an interest in monozukuri (manufacturing). We also hope that children will learn the importance of diet and become more fond of eating fish. With these hopes, we have opened our four food manufacturing plants –Hachioji General Plant, Himeji General Plant, Anjo Plant and Tobata Plant – to local elementary school children for factory visits to learn about food. In FY2017, the four plants welcomed approximately 3,100 visitors. Hachioji General Plant also provides hands-on food manufacturing experiences for local children and parents.
Saiki City, Oita Prefecture, where the Oita Marine Biological Technology Center is located, has always had a thriving fishery industry. The Oita Marine Biological Technology Center, which specializes in aquaculture, has been established in such an area, and in order to better acquaint the community with this research facility, it accepts elementary school children on educational field trips and offers workplace experience to junior high school students. The program has been designed so that it will motivate children to take an interest in fishery and aquaculture, in the hopes that future researchers will be born from those who take part.
UniSea, Inc., a Nissui Group company, is engaged in the marine products business in the Unalaska Region of the state of Alaska in the US. As part of “Dockside Discovery (Note)” which has been held once a year since 2014 by the University of Alaska, it has been providing workplace tours to children.
On May 23, 2018, UniSea, Inc. welcomed 58 fifth-graders and sixth-graders from surrounding schools and gave them a tour of the premises and a lecture on the importance of seafood processing in the Unalaska Region as well as an introduction to education and work opportunities.
(Note) Dockside Discovery: A marine education program developed for elementary school children funded by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Sea Grant program. Dockside Discovery offers children a day spent at the dockside learning about marine safety and the sea’s ecosystem, as well as the natural environment of the region in which the children live and how it is being utilized.