The SEAFDEC executives visited Japan during 21-26 September 2017 in connection to the planned 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Center. The eight executive members joined in this trip include the Secretary-General Dr. Kom Silapajarn, Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Kaoru Ishii, Policy and Program Coordinator Dr. Somboon Siriraksophon, Assistant Japanese Trust Fund Project Manager Mr. Isao Koya, Deputy Chief of SEAFDEC/AQD Dr. Chihaya Nakayasu, AQD Research Division Head Dr. Evelyn Grace de Jesus Ayson, Chief of SEAFDEC/MFRDMD Mr. Raja Bidin Raja Hassan, and Chief of SEAFDEC/IFRDMD Dr. Arif Wibowo.
On 22-24 September, the team participated in the Japan Society for Fisheries Science (JSFS) 85th Anniversary Commemorative International Symposium “Fisheries Science for Future Generations” organized at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology and presented its research works and activities that have been undertaken so far. At the same time, the team led by Dr. Kom Silapajarn paid a visit to the Fisheries Agency and made a courtesy call on the Director-General Mr. Shigeto Hase. He updated Mr. Hase on the 50th anniversary of SEAFDEC in which a celebration is scheduled as a big event on 15 November 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The SEAFDEC executives also visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Fishery Research and Education Agency (FREA), the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), respectively. Further at the Fisheries Agency Press Club, Dr. Kom had a chance to present achievements from the researches and activities of SEAFDEC. The mission completed with a formal party on 25 September when the “Reception to celebrate the SEAFDEC 50th Anniversary at Japan with the Secretary-General and Chiefs of SEAFDEC” was held in Tokyo with the attendance of guests and experts who had ever worked for SEAFDEC.