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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April 26, 2021

A trial at Japan’s Kindai University has shown that Menlo Park, California-based Calysta Inc.’s FeedKind bacterial protein meal (BPM) can replace up to 30 percent of fishmeal protein – or up to 20 percent of total feed – in the diet of yellowtail without any impact on growth rate, digestibility, daily feeding rate, or feed efficiency.

The paper, "Methanotroph (Methylococcus capsulatus, Bath) bacteria meal as an

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April 22, 2021

The Pew Charitable Trusts officially named Gakushi Ishimura, an associate professor at Iwate University in Japan, a Pew Marine Fellow on 1 April, which comes with a USD 150,000 (EUR 124,882) grant to support his fisheries research over three years.

The research funded by the grant will focus on investigating the responses of Japanese fisheries to extreme events, such as the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami and the current pandemic.

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April 20, 2021

Preliminary figures for Japan’s domestic bluefin tuna aquaculture performance in 2020, released by the country’s fisheries agency, showed a decline in the number of farms as well as the volume and number of fish shipped …

Photo courtesy of Piotr

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April 14, 2021

Tokyo, Japan-based Kibun Foods held its initial public offering (IPO) of stock on Tuesday, 13 April ... 

Photo courtesy of Kibun

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April 14, 2021

The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced its decision to release stored cooling water held in tanks surrounding the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Tuesday, 13 April. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) was instructed to make plans to begin releasing the water in two years.

There is limited room around the factory to increase the number of tanks, and the space will be needed for future efforts

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April 14, 2021

The nonprofit financial think tank Planet Tracker has released a study asserting that Japanese companies highly exposed to seafood are beginning to suffer constraints from the country’s overfished resources and that their valuations over the last decade have declined as a result.

Titled “Against the Tide – The Japanese Seafood Industry Confronts Nature’s Limits,” the report is mainly aimed at institutional

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April 9, 2021

Japan’s whaling season began on 3 April. This is the third year Japan has allowed commercial whaling within its own exclusive economic zone (EEZ) since withdrawing from the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW).

Previously, Japan had conducted whaling in Antarctic and North Pacific waters under an exception for scientific research allowed by ICRW rules. But as the meat was sold in Japan, this was heavily criticized

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April 6, 2021

A newly developed histamine sensor can quickly and inexpensively measure histamine – the cause of scomboid poisoning – without the use of reagents.

At 18th Seafood Show Osaka on 17 and 18 March, Tetsuya Kuwabara, the chief engineer of engineering development at Fujidenolo Co., Ltd., displayed the device at the booth of the Osaka Fisheries Research and Education Organization, and presented a seminar on it on the 17th. Fujidenolo is

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April 1, 2021

Advances in the captive breeding and rearing of the East Asian common octopus (Octopus sinensis) were presented in a seminar on 17 March at the 18th Seafood Show Osaka.

In the seminar, organized by the Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA), Ayami Sekizawa of the Aquaculture Research Department, of FRA’s Fisheries Technology Institute, discussed her team’s achievements, centered on techniques to reduce mortality in the

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April 1, 2021

Japanese energy and metal conglomerate ENEOS Holdings, Inc. and a North American family office representing a wealthy family with a strong interest in ocean health, participated in a EUR 4.85 million (USD 5.69 million, JPY 630.08 million) Series A fundraising for Urchinomics – a pioneering sea urchin aquaculture venture …

Photo courtesy of Urchinomics 

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