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
March 1, 2021

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on Friday, 26 February, that the government would lift the COVID-19-related state of emergency in the six prefectures of Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Aichi, Gifu, and Fukuoka on 1 March.

Suga said the state of emergency will remain for the four prefectures in the Tokyo metropolitan area – Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitama – until at least 7 March.

The emergency was initially declared in

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Published on
February 26, 2021

“Nesting behavior” has taken hold in Japan due to COVID-19, resulting in people eating out less.

It’s a trend that is only expected to intensify as Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, and Fukuoka prefectures extend their state of emergencies, which were due to lift on 7 February, for another month. While the declarations are in place, the government is asking restaurants and bars to close by 8 p.m.

Instead of

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Published on
February 18, 2021

Three Japanese seafood companies recently released their quarterly results, revealing the various impacts that COVID-19 has had on some of the region’s biggest firms

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Published on
February 16, 2021

A strong earthquake on the night of 13 February shook the same area of Japan that suffered a massive quake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear disaster on 11 March, 2011. While the timing and location were ominous, no tsunami warning was issued this time.

The large earthquake offshore from Fukushima Prefecture occurred at 11:08 p.m. on Saturday. It had a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale and a Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) seismic intensity

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Published on
February 2, 2021

As the tenth anniversary of the East Japan earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster approaches, fishery cooperatives in Fukushima Prefecture are making progress toward recovery by reopening damaged port cargo handling and auction buildings and sales outlets – even as new releases of cooling water from the crippled reactor appear imminent.

The 11 March, 2011, disaster resulted in fishing being banned in the

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Published on
February 1, 2021

Tokyo, Japan-based Marubeni Nisshin Feed Co., Ltd. – a 60-percent-owned subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Marubeni – announced in December 2020 its establishment of a wholly-owned subsidiary aquafeed company in Tianjin, China.

Photo courtesy

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Published on
January 29, 2021

Japanese corporations – including the huge conglomerates such as Nissui, Maruha Nichiro, and Mitsubishi – have been heavily influenced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted in 2015 “as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.”

Practically every major company in Japan has amended its corporate

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Published on
January 28, 2021

Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd., Yumigahama Suisan Co., Ltd. of the Nissui Group, and Hitachi Zosen Corporation are working together to commercialize a land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) to raise chub mackerel …

Photo courtesy of Nissui/Hitachi

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Published on
January 25, 2021

Sushi chain Kyotaru, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Yoshinoya Holdings, has suspended its annual survey of customers’ favorite sushi toppings (neta in Japanese) for 2020 as it focuses on dealing with pandemic-related matters, the company’s PR department told SeafoodSource …

Photo courtesy of Chris

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Published on
January 20, 2021

Ocean Outcomes (O2), a non-governmental organization active in promoting sustainable fisheries, announced on 19 January it will appoint Rich Lincoln, the group’s founding executive director, as president and CEO.

Ocean Outcomes (O2) works with commercial fishing companies, local communities, and other nonprofits to develop and implement sustainable fisheries and fish farming practices. The Portland, Oregon, U.S.A-based organization has

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