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What is HIHA?

Representative Director: Dr. Harumi Kikuchi

HIHA(Hokkaido Industrial Hemp Association) is the organization that aims at deepening understanding by appealing the citizens of Hokkaido for usefulness of industrial hemp in Hokkaido and creating hemp cultivation and new hemp-related industry. Established in August 2013, it has now 70 members mainly consisting of individuals, companies and organizations that are understanding of promoting public awareness and the development of hemp industry. Raising public awareness and carrying out test growing, research and development, overseas study tour etc., HIHA is the only associate member of EIHA (European Industrial Hemp Association) in Japan.

This association is only active in spreading hemp as a crop and promoting hemp industry using it as materials and has nothing whatever to do with activities of demanding legalization for recreational and medical marijuana. We kindly ask individuals and organizations that insist on lifting the ban on recreational marijuana and so on to refrain from participating.

*Hokkaido is located in the North Island of Japan.


In 2017

July 24 to 28 - In Tokyo and Sapporo, Japan –
Japan and France International Exchange Symposium 2017 on Industrial Hemp was held. Mr. Fevrier, the general manager of FNPC visited Japan. The traditional and modern hemp industry in both countries was introduced, and we attempted to promote public awareness. Published the total-45-pages report

June 7 and 8 - In Cologne, Germany –
4 members from HIHA attended the 14th International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association and collected the overseas information about the trend of the hemp industry. We also had a meeting with FNPC about Japan-France hemp exchange project.

February 21 - In Tokyo, Japan -
HIHA visited the Embassy of France in Japan and requested nominal support. On March 13, we received the formal acceptance of nominal support.

In 2016

December 5 to 9 - In Osaka, Japan –
Mr. Fevrier, the general manager of FNPC and Mr. Kikuchi, the representative director of HIHA gave a lecture on the characteristic and import of Santhica27, non-toxic hemp variety (THC 0%), for the spread in Japan as a France delegation to Japan attending France-Japan Innovation Forum in Osaka sponsored by the Embassy of France Business France.
Mr. Fevrier visited Japan again in 2017 and agreed to hold the exchange symposium on Hemp in Tokyo and Sapporo. He met the director of Regional Products and Industrial Crops of Agricultural Production Bureau, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the assistant director of Trade Control Policy Division of Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and had an exchange of opinions on the import of the French variety but both ministries needed to discuss with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and could not make a decision on their own.

July 1 and 2 - In the suburbs of Cologne, Germany –
The 13th International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association
Oral Presentation
The Industrial hemp of Hokkaido-the challenge towards a future-
Harumi Kikuchi and Emi Moriyama
Oral Presentation
Hemp Breeding at FNPC, Claire Thouminot 
Picture on the right:Published the total-77-pages tour report
FNPC and HIHA had a meeting about collaborative research.

May 27 to June 4 - In Netherland and Germany –
HIHA conducted “Hemp Industry Study Tour in Netherland and Germany in 2016”. 16 people participated in the tour. They visited the primary processing company, agricultural machinery manufacturer, University, Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum in Amsterdam. We joined the official overseas inspection party from Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly (The leader; Mr. Reiichi KATO, the president of Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly Hemp Promotion Study Association) on site, and attended the International Conference of the EIHA together. The executive in charge of a secretariat also attended as a member of our association’s study group.

May 2 - In Tokyo, Japan –
The 3 members from HIHA visited the Embassy of France in Japan. Ms. Hofferer, Agricultural Counselor dealt with it. They discussed the situation of industrial hemp in Japan and the import of hemp seeds from France.

In 2015

December 11 - In Paris, France -
Meeting of FNPC and HIHA about the import and export of hemp seed and collaborative research (picture)
We agreed on the conclusion of “Collaborative Research on Hemp breeding and cultivation in Hokkaido”

September 6 to 12 - In Various Places of France -
HIHA conducted “Hemp Industry Study Tour 2015 in France”. 10 people participated in the tour. They visited the farmers, Hempseed company, primary processing company, construction site, automobile parts manufacture, and so on. One of the destinations was FNPC/CCPSC. HIHA took an interest in introducing THC0% variety of FNPC/CCPSC. Picture on the right: published the total-48-pages tour report