JAHARI, the Japan Halal Research Institute for Products and Services, was established in 2014 after Professor Quamrul Hasan (the organization's founding chairman) and Professor Eiichi Tamiya from Osaka University (the organization's founding vice-chairman) had worked together for more than six years on various aspects of Halal Science and Technology.
In May 2008, when they participated together in the World Halal Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Professors Hasan and Tamiya decided to collaborate. During this event, they met Hajah Normah Suria Hayati, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) of Brunei Darussalam (at that time Director of Agriculture, MIPR), who was one of the few invited Forum speakers. After a brief exchange of information, Hajah Normah invited Professor Hasan to participate in the Halal Expo that was being held in Brunei in August 2008. Professor Hasan, along with a couple of Japanese company managers, participated in the Expo, during which he invited Hajah Normah Suria Hayati to visit Japan to discuss a possible collaboration on Halal Science and Technology.
In November 2008, Hajah Normah Suria Hayati led a delegation that visited Osaka University and a Tokyo-based company. During this visit, she proposed an official working relationship between Osaka University and Brunei on the development of Halal Science, to be coordinated and managed by Professor Hasan.
In August 2009, Professors Hasan and Tamiya accepted an invitation to deliver presentations and act as panelists in the International Halal Market Conference held in Brunei. During the event, they had the rare opportunity, as selected guests, to interact with the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam.
In May 2010, a top-level delegation of the Brunei government led by Pehin Dato Yahya, the Minister of MIPR, visited Osaka University. During the visit, he requested that Professors Tamiya and Hasan establish an official collaboration with the Brunei government on the development of Halal Science. To ensure that all possible issues would be addressed, Prof. Hasan decided to add the Japan Food Research Laboratory and Florida State University to this effort.
As a result, in May 2013, three separate memoranda of understanding were signed by representatives of these organizations following a seminar in Brunei organized by the Brunei government and facilitated by Professor Hasan.
In February 2014, during the Second International Halal Symposium that he coordinated in Brunei, Professor Hasan took the opportunity to seek the support of a few international invited speakers for his idea to establish a non-profit organization in Japan to implement advanced science and technology that would help develop Halal businesses worldwide.
Finally, after overcoming some challenges and with the strong support and cooperation of Professor Tamiya (Osaka University), JAHARI was successfully established and registered with the Hyogo Prefectural Government in July 2014 as a non-profit organization.