On April 2018, I was appointed as the Director General of the National Institute of Animal Health, NARO (NIAH).
The NIAH is the only specialized research organization in Japan for animal health. Our institute was established in the Meiji era (1891), since then, we have been researching and supporting the technical aspects on animal health in Japan.
I had worked in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) head office and Animal Quarantine Service, before I joined NIAH. During my employment period, by means of energetic activity and cooperation with NIAH, myself along with our team had responded to outbreaks of foot and mouth disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, highly pathogenic avian influenza, promoted the eradication against the domestic infectious diseases such as classical swine fever, Johne's disease and Aujeszky's disease, and prevented the intrusion of infectious diseases from the overseas countries with NIAH.
In addition to the research work, we organize training courses and workshops, diagnostic services, produce and provide biological products. Strong cooperative relationship between NIAH and MAFF, Animal Quarantine Service, National Veterinary Assay Laboratory and Prefectural livestock hygiene service center which is built through these activities is to raise Japan's animal health status to the world's top level.
Moreover, NARO is a large organization with 20 research centers and institutes related to the agriculture and food industry with more than 3,000 staff members including 1,800 research staff. We will strive to develop a morma functional and sophisticated coordination system with animal health related agencies and promote research on animal diseases based on on-site needs while incorporating the knowledge and techniques of NARO.
The NIAH will perform further research work for the animal health and human health. We would appreciate your continued support and cooperation with NARO (NIAH).
April 10, 2018
Hiroaki Ogura, D.V.M. Director-General
National Institute of Animal Health, NARO