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.

Published on
December 3, 2020

Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) has established a joint venture with IMT Engineering (IMTE) to farm shrimp on land, and to process and sell them.

The move comes amid increasing interest worldwide in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), and follows a land-based shrimp farm in Kagoshima Prefecture established by Tokyo-based Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui) utilizing a bio-floc system. Partial shipments from that operation commenced in 2017.

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December 1, 2020

A lawsuit filed by fishermen in the north Hokkaido city of Rumoi three years ago against Japan’s national government for the continued withholding of bluefin quota – a measure to make up for overfishing in 2017 – was dismissed by the Sapporo District Court on 27 November.

The claimants said the government did not take sufficient measures to make sure fishermen in the prefecture obeyed new quota rules, according to a report by

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November 27, 2020

Since 2014, a research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) led by Jürgen Geist, a professor of aquatic systems biology, has been investigating the effects of hydroelectric power plants on aquatic habitats and fish moving downstream. What they discovered in the process may improve future dam planning, as well as retrofitting of existing hydroelectric power plants.

While fish moving upstream can get around a dam using a fish

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November 25, 2020

The seafood-adoring nation of Japan certainly loves its crab.

Japanese Customs data for year 2019 shows that a total of 2,095,285 kilograms of frozen swimming crab (Portunus sp.) was imported. There is not a separate category for Callinectes species, which would cover the Atlantic blue crab. Instead, any imports in that genus would fall into “Crabs, other.” Picked or canned meat would also be separately listed. However, the frozen

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November 23, 2020

The Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium 2020 (TSSS2020) wrapped up on 11 November with a presentation of the Japan Sustainable Seafood Awards, the second time in the symposium’s history that awards were handed out.

TSSS2020, jointly organized by Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd. and Nikkei ESG, was held online this November. The event brought together business experts and leading professionals from the seafood industry, those involved in

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November 20, 2020

Fisherman Japan Marketing Co., Ltd. and the Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade, and Industry hosted the four-day Sanriku Fisheries Innovation Summit, an online event that brought together fishing industry stakeholders, tech-forward companies, and investors.  

The goal of the event, which featured a series of online seminars held on 22 to 23 October and 29 to 30 October on Youtube Live, was to boost the fishing industry in Japan’s Sanriku

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November 16, 2020

The Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium 2020 took place earlier this month in an online format, replacing the in-person event which had drawn an increasing amount of attention and attendance for in the past few years for shining a light on issues of marine sustainability in seafood-loving Japan.

This year’s event schedule was expanded from two to six days, with presentations covering a dozen topics. Last year, 900 people attended the live

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November 11, 2020

Redfish, specifically of American origin, has become popular in Japan.

Japanese Customs data for 2019 shows imports of 10,780,663 kilograms of the genus Sebastes with a total value of JPY 3.3 billion (USD 31.6 million; EUR 26.6 million). Of this, the U.S. was the leading supplier, responsible for 7,861,104 kilograms valued at JPY 2.1 billion (USD 20.2 million; EUR 17 million).

Iceland followed with 1,522,474 kilograms valued at JPY 667.1 million

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November 4, 2020

The 22nd Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo took place from 30 September through 2 October at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (also called “Tokyo Big Sight”).

Amid COVID-19 travel restrictions, the number of exhibitors fell from 835 to 300, and visitors fell from 34,018 to 12,000. The most notable aspect of the show was the small international presence.

But while foreign companies were scarce, six

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Published on
October 26, 2020

Tsukiji Fish Market Inc., based in Vancouver, Canada, will begin handling the import of marine products to Japan from Fiji ... 

Photo courtesy of Takuya Hikita/Tsukiji Fish Market

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