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Kobe University, Transport Packaging Laboratory


Department of Maritime Sciences Kobe University C5,1,1, Fukae Higashinada Kobe, 6580022


Dr. Katsuhiko Saito (Professor)

Other staff

Dr. Takamasa Nakajima ((Research Staff), Technology Research Insitute of Osaka)

Dr Kazuji Tsuda ((Research Staff), Technology Research Insitute of Osaka)

Dr Akira Hosoyama ((Research Staff), Technology Research Insitute of Osaka)

Dr. Hiroaki Kitazawa ((Research Staff), National Food Research Institute)

Dr. Kazuaki Kawaguchi ((Research Staff), Shinyei Technology Co. Ltd)

Mr. Daiichi Aburagi ((Technical Staff), Technical Support Office, Kobe Univ.)

Mr. Katsunori Kurogi ((Technical Staff), Technical Support Office, Kobe Univ.)






The Transport Packaging Laboratory at Kobe University focuses on research and education, and is complemented with joint research projects in area of transport packaging. The laboratory is fully equipped with some modern transport packaging test equipment, is part of the Graduate School of Maritime Sciences. The laboratory started its activities on October 2003 with the primary goal of providing transport packaging research and education in the school.

Facing Osaka Bay, our school is situated at the eastern of Kobe Port, one of the largest ports in Japan.


Academia meets industry in China at the IAPRI 2018 World Packaging Conference

IAPRI’s June Conference was successful on many levels, but may also be remembered as the first event to feature a trial Academia Meets Industry session.

As the name suggests, the aim is to bridge the gap between industry’s needs and the research capabilities of IAPRI member organizations and university departments. “The central idea is to create an opportunity to encourage collaboration,” says co-organizer of the session, Yves Wyser of Nestlé Research Center.

An audience of around 30 heard three five-minute presentations. Two of these were from academia, seeking industry partners to take their projects a step further. Dan Xu of Southwest University, Chongqing, China, talked about nanomaterial applications in food packaging, and Cristina Guzman of UDEM, Mexico, presented on the characterization of Mexican roads.

Frank Zeng of York Colour, Jinjian, China, reciprocated by outlining his company’s needs regarding cost-effective light barrier in beverage packaging.

Helping to coordinate the new event were Jun Wang of Jiangnan University, China, and Tamal Ghosh of Omya Singapore. The idea had been proposed in previous years, but has only now come to fruition.

“Attendees welcomed the initiative, which will be pursued at future IAPRI events,” says Wyser. Format and frequency are still being discussed, he adds. Suggestions can be addressed to the organizers via Secretary General Ed Church:

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IAPRI PepsiCo Student Exchange Scholarship for Research

The IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship for the 2018-’19 academic year has been awarded to Wanjun Chu of Linköping University, Sweden, for his proposal to investigate the influence of on-pack information on consumers’ food waste behavior.

He says he is “excited and grateful” to have this opportunity, and plans to spend time at Karlstad University, also in Sweden, and RMIT University, Australia. The Scholarship, worth $7,000, is generously sponsored by PepsiCo.

In his video presentation, pitched to an IAPRI judging panel during the Zhuhai Conference, he pointed out that there was an urgent need to develop improved understanding of how packaging attributes affect behavior around food waste in different contexts. The proposal is to focus on date-related on-pack information on dairy products. As he notes, studies have shown that the date label triggers as much as a third of avoidable household food waste in the UK.

One concern is that products which have been correctly stored are thrown away, even though perfectly edible, simply because the ‘best before’ date (but not the ‘use by’ date) has expired. Wanjun Chu first plans to interview experienced design masters students at Linköping for feedback on methodology. At Karlstad and RMIT, the aim is to recruit around 10 households in each location and spend three or four months assessing the impact of date information on behavior and exploring possible adjustments to on-pack design.

Design options could include a calendar-style visualization of ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates or a QR code link to a webpage with more detailed information on storage and shelf-life.

Activity Theory will be used to interpret collected data. A design ethnography approach will be applied in order to address challenges of accurate self-reporting and motivation among consumers.