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
May 16, 2019

Tokyo, Japan-based Maruha Nichiro Corporation, the world’s largest fishery company by revenue, on 15 May reported its consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending March 2019. Sales were up from the previous year by 0.4 percent, but operating profit fell 11.2 percent. The company’s net profit rose 3.7 percent.

In its fishery and aquaculture business, sales decreased, as typhoons hurt bluefin farming operations. Declining

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May 13, 2019

Tokyo’s Toyosu Wholesale Market, the primary fish market in Japan, has been struggling to attract visitors to watch its tuna auctions.

Its predecessor, the Tsukiji Market, was a major tourist draw in the Tokyo area, but its famed tuna auctions were moved to Toyosu last year. Even though a specially designed glass-enclosed viewing area was opened in the new market on 15 January, tourists have been staying away.

SeafoodSource visited both

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May 10, 2019

At the Foodex trade show held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, in March, several companies displayed the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) logo, as well as logos certifying that their products are “halal,” meaning permissible for Muslims to eat.

Taiwanese companies were most notable for the ASC certification. Lucky Holder, based in Neipu Township, Pingtun County, Taiwan, displayed the ASC logo, and additionally the

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May 6, 2019

After two years of conversation, site visits, and scientific work, Japan’s third fishery improvement project (FIP) – the Tomamae Giant Pacific Octopus FIP – is now officially underway. The previous two FIPs were the Nachi Katsuura Albacore Longline FIP and the Tokyo Bay Sea Perch FIP.

An FIP is a stepwise approach toward Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. It involves an analysis against the MSC Fisheries Standard,

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April 16, 2019

A new processing plant operated as a joint-venture between Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based Trident Seafoods and Kesennuma, Japan-based Osabe Foods began production of pollock fillets for the Japanese market last month. 

The 2,380-square-meter plant in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, was built on the site of a former clothing factory. Construction of the steel-frame building was begun in November 2018. Including the production lines and

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April 12, 2019

On 11 April, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) reversed a previous decision on South Korean restrictions and testing on Japanese food imports, finding that the ban on food products from Japanese prefectures potentially affected by radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi accident was not overly restrictive. 

The decision overturns a previous WTO Dispute Settlement Body decision, where a panel found that the maintenance of

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March 25, 2019

Japanese fisheries officials heard from their international counterparts about methods for incorporating more data into their fisheries science and management at a recent workshop in Tokyo.

The workshop,“New Resource Management Based on Data Innovation: Current State of the United States and Future Vision of Japan,” took place at the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries building on 7 March. The event was

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March 15, 2019

China’s booths were the most prominent of the national pavilions at the Foodex trade show held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture – near Tokyo, Japan – from 5 to 8 March. The country’s pavilions were the most numerous, taking up about a quarter of one of the two halls, and they boasted “China” signage extending about a meter above regular booth tops.

Foodex is Asia’s largest food-related trade show.

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March 13, 2019

Brunswick, Maine-based Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) has made a name for itself offering business advisory services to small businesses as well as financing and project management. The firm has received grants, including USD 300,000 (EUR 266,800) from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) – a U.S. nonprofit organization established in the 2014 Farm Bill – for introducing the Japanese “ear-hanging”

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March 8, 2019

On 13 February, a robot arm successfully picked up pebble-sized pieces of radioactive fuel at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. The plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), sent a remote-controlled probe to the bottom of the plant's Number 2 reactor. It grasped five small pieces of debris from the fuel rods and lifted them a couple of inches. 

The robot did not actually remove the fuel debris. This was just a test to see if it could be

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