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
September 27, 2022

A small business ecosystem is forming around Japan’s nascent land-based vannamei shrimp production.

At the 24th Japan International Seafood and Technology Expo, held at Tokyo Big Sight 24 to 26 August, Tokyo-based IMT Engineering Co., promoted its proprietary "Indoor Shrimp Production System (ISPS)” as it had at the previous year’s show. But this year, there were additional related booths – one for the Indoor Shrimp

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September 26, 2022

New types of seaweed are becoming popular in Japan as “functional foods,” or “nutraceuticals,” foods with specific health benefits. This is partially because unlike in Western countries, where consumers prefer dietary supplements in the form of pills, Japanese prefer to directly consume foods that contain beneficial compounds.

Companies marketing seaweed products in Japan are aided by a law allowing medical claims in

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September 22, 2022

At the 24th Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo in August, one of the aisles had the appearance of a ghost town – with many booths unstaffed and no product on display.

The desolate scene was the result of China’s “zero-COVID” policy, which prevented the Chinese staff meant to be in the booths – organized by the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance – from traveling overseas.

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September 20, 2022

The Pew Charitable Trusts and Member of European Parliament Clara Aguilera are among those leading a call for the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to adopt a bluefin tuna harvest strategy at its November 2022 meeting.

Pew and Aguilera co-hosted a 9 September webinar that included scientists and representatives from various segments of the European Union bluefin fishing and ranching industry to call for

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September 19, 2022

Tokyo, Japan-based environmental organization Seafood Legacy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) on 14 September, 2022.

Through the agreement, the parties will strengthen their exchange of information, seek opportunities for media collaboration, and develop links between production areas and markets and domestic and international distribution channels.

“We recognize that the aquaculture

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September 16, 2022

U.S. sanctions on Russian imports – announced in March 2022 and meant to punish the country for its invasion of Ukraine – have resulted in Russia diverting large volumes of crab of to East Asian markets, depressing prices.

At the 24th Japan International Seafood Show, held 24 to 26 August in Tokyo, Satoru Kasei, manager of Chairman Room for Tsukiji Kanisho Co. said his company has the largest share of crab in the

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September 6, 2022

The 24th Japan International Seafood Show, held from 24 to 26 August in Tokyo, highlighted how trout – which the Japanese generally include in the salmon category as “salmon-trout” – is gaining popularity domestically.

Salmon is perenially the top sushi topping in Japan, and salmon producers were prominent at the latest edition of the seafood show, where Chile-based Caleta Bay showcased its coho salmon and steelhead

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August 25, 2022

Researchers from the Physics and Biology Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University have developed a squid aquaculture system with potential for commercialization.

The OIST team has succeeded in rearing 10 generations of a species of oval squid, Sepioteuthis lessoniana (also known as bigfin reef squid), while other researches achieved a maximum of seven.

“This is a groundbreaking step towards the

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August 22, 2022

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) announced in a 19 August press release that it will be co-sponsoring an "Alaska Seafood Fair" at three Seven & I Group companies: Ito-Yokado, York, and York-Benimaru.

As part of a celebration of Sustainable Seafood Month, seafood from Alaska will be offered in the fish department of each Japan-based Seven & I store through August.

Tokyo-headquartered Seven & I approach to marine

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August 19, 2022

Several environmental NGOs have expressed a combination of optimism and disappointment after the 100th meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), the international commission responsible for governing tuna stocks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

A number of NGOs advocating for sustainable fishing have observer status with a number of regional fishery management organizations (RFMO), allowing them to attend and participate in

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