Hokkaido Research Organization

Message from the President

Outline of the Hokkaido Research Organization  

Name:                               Local Independent Administrative Agency Hokkaido Research Organization (abbreviation:HRO)

Date of establishment:        April 1, 2010

Headquarters:                    Hokkaido General Research Plaza, Kita 19 Nishi 11, Kita-ku, Sapporo

Capital (land and buildings): approx. 25.4 billion yen (stakeholder: Hokkaido government (100%))

Budget scale:                     approx. 15.6 billion yen/year (operational subsidy from the Hokkaido government: approx. 13.3 billion yen)

Number of employees:        1,091 (including 725 researchers)

Scope of services:               experiments, research, surveys, technical development, extension and technical support related to various fields:

                                         agriculture, fisheries, forestry, manufacturing, food, environment, geology and architecture; provision of   

                                         experimental equipment and facilities

                                      *The budget scale and the number of employees are as of FY 2018.

Structure of the HRO

Fundamental principle

Our research realizes new dreams for Hokkaido.
The Hokkaido Research Organization proactively endeavors to realize dreams for the future of Hokkaido as an organization that
contributes to improving Hokkaido residents' lives and promoting industries in Hokkaido.


■ Mission
We contribute to the creation of affluence for Hokkaido residents and the conservation of the natural environment through research and technical support leveraging the rich natural surroundings and regional characteristics of Hokkaido.

■ Goals
To expand Hokkaido’s global influence, we aim to become an organization that is trusted by and fulfills the expectations of Hokkaido residents by providing our collective strengths as a research institute that bridges multiple industrial areas and that strives to steadily provide feedback to the local community.

■ Action guidelines
We strictly comply with the ethical code of conduct as researchers and abide by all laws as we strive to create new opportunities and technologies with Hokkaido resident-oriented perspectives, persisting with our aspirations and providing fair and reliable services.


Agricultural Research Department

Fisheries Research Department

  • Central Fisheries Research Institute
  • Hakodate Fisheries Research Institute
  • Mariculture Fisheries Research Institutre
  • Kushiro Fisheries Research Institute
  • Abashiri Fisheries Research Institute
  • Wakkanai Fisheries Research Institute
  • Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Reseach Institute

Forest Research Department



Industrial Technology Research Department

  • Industrial Research Institute
  • Food Processing Research Center


Environmental and Geological Research Department



Building Research Department

  • Northern Regional Building Research Institute




Symbol of the Hokkaido Research Organization

The silhouette represents Hokkaido as a research institute for Hokkaido citizens with a snow crystal symbolizing Hokkaido at the center.
Based on the colors of the Hokkaido flag, dark blue symbolizes the sea and sky of Hokkaido, white expresses splendor and snow, and red indicates an indomitable spirit. The whole shape arranged as two lines pointing in an upper right direction represents the future potential.

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