Chris Loew

Chris Loew

Contributing Editor reporting from Osaka, Japan

Chris Loew reports from Osaka, Japan as a contributing editor for SeafoodSource.com. In addition to writing for SeafoodSource.com, he covers Japan for stock-investing newsletter Global Investing. He co-authored a college language text, “Healthcare English:  Read, Write and Speak It.” When not writing, he proofreads Japanese-to-English translations. Chris is a 1990 graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. After graduation, he worked for two years in the purchasing department of a Japanese meat importer, and for five years as export director for two Seattle food companies, selling to customers in the Far East, and arranging shipping and export documentation for mixed containers of frozen foods.


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Published on
December 14, 2022

Japan’s major sushi chains raised its prices this fall and costs have outstripped the amount of the rise, leaving chains to eat the difference.

Akindo Sushiro Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Kumamoto City-based Food & Life Companies, implemented its price hike on 1 October. Its competitor, Kura Sushi, based in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, followed suit. While these price increases were in the range of 5 to 10 percent, material

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December 12, 2022

The listing of blue sharks by a body that regulates trade in endangered species will add a layer of paperwork for Japanese shark-product exporters.

The port of Kesennuma, Japan, located in the northeast of Japan’s main island of Honshu, is the main center for shark fishing and processing in Japan. Large numbers of shortfin mako and blue sharks are landed there annually, to be turned into gelatinous shark fin soup and fluffy white

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December 12, 2022

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) wrapped up its 19th regular session in Da Nang, Vietnam, on 3 December, 2022, with an agreement to adopt a management procedure (MP) for skipjack tuna, but watered down the action by making it non-binding.

While the skipjack stock managed by the WCPFC is currently deemed healthy, the Marine Stewardship Council and other conservation groups have been pushing for the adoption of an MP,

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December 12, 2022

Fuel and fishmeal and fish oil subsidies have been activitated in Japan, following the continued weakining of the Japanese yen. 

Japan has long-standing safety nets for the fishing sector, including fuel subsidies for capture fisheries and feed subsidies for aquaculture. The systems work on a matching-contribution system. In preparation for soaring fuel and compound feed prices, seafood companies and the government save funds at a

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November 30, 2022

Tokyo, Japan-based Maruha Nichiro has rebranded with the goal of increasing its public profile and encouraging consumption of its seafood products.

The company was established in 2007 when two separate companies – Maruha and Nichiro – merged. Nearly a decade after the merger, the company performed a public study that found public recognition of its brand was relatively low, Maruha Nichiro Corporate Branding Department

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November 25, 2022

The International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) wrapped up its 23rd special meeting with agreements on bluefin tuna and shark conservation.

At the meeting – held in a hybrid live and online format in Vale do Lobo, Portugal from 14 to 21 November – ICCAT member-states agreed to establish a management procedure for Atlantic bluefin and set a catch quota for the Southern Atlantic mako shark population.

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November 23, 2022

Thirty-three Marine Stewardship Council-certified tuna fisheries in the region managed by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) may lose certification if the WCPFC fails to adopt management procedures at its upcoming 19th Regular Session, scheduled to take place in Da Nang, Vietnam from 28 November to 3 December, 2022.

The WCPFC is a regional fishery management organization (RFMO) that manages highly migratory fish

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November 23, 2022

Japan’s most famous crab restaurant chain, Osaka-based Kani Doraku Co., Ltd., celebrated the opening of the snow crab season in the Sea of Japan by offering a cup of crab-flavored ice cream for JPY 500 (USD 3.58, EUR 3.44) at its flagship store in the Dotonbori area of Osaka from 6 November.

The season for Matsuba Crab – a regional brand of snow crab from Tottori prefecture – began on 4 November. The ice cream is topped with a

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November 22, 2022

Japan’s major seafood companies are feeling both negative and positive effects from a weakening of the country's currency.

Japanese importers must pay more to purchase seafood and transportation, and are having a hard time passing on higher costs to consumers, as Japan’s wages have been flat for over two decades. However, profits repatriated from the United States look larger when reported in yen.

Examples of seafood items that

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November 17, 2022

Japan’s Fisheries Agency has established "Sakana Day," stretching from the third to the seventh day of every month, in an effort to promote seafood consumption.

The campaign kicked off in November with various sales at hundreds of participating retailers. In a press release, the Fisheries Agency said the campaign is meant to increase consumption of marine products amid a long-term downward consumption trend in Japan.

Japan’s

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