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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June 15, 2022

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries kicked off a campaign on 1 June to attract foreign visitors to rural villages.

According to a press release from the ministry, the program aims to attract inbound tourist to farming, mountain, and fishing villages by promoting the regions’ local foods and food culture overseas, under the "Savor Japan" brand.

Recruitment began for villages to apply to be designated as a 2022

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June 13, 2022

Japan’s Fisheries Agency recently released its annual Fisheries Whitepaper examining the country’s seafood trends in 2021 – while also setting new policies for 2022.

The whitepaper covers a huge range of data on the seafood industry in Japan from 2021, and also includes new data from 2020 that was previously unavailable.

The whitepaper shows that per-capita consumption of seafood in Japan has dropped over the past two decades.

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June 9, 2022

Several of Japan’s leading fishpaste product manufacturers raised prices beginning in February, and might have to do so again.

Japan’s top fishcake maker, Tokyo-based Kibun Foods, raised the prices of its fishpaste products and some side dish products by 8 percent across the board starting from 28 February. The company noted in its annual report that factors negatively affecting domestic profits were higher than expected, such as

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June 7, 2022

Japan’s largest rotary sushi chain, Sushiro, will raise its prices in response to higher material costs and lower profits.

Sushiro is Japan’s largest sushi chain both in terms of sales and number of outlets. The chain has maintained a price of JPY 100 (USD 0.75, EUR 0.70), before tax, for a plate of two nigiri sushi since its establishment in 1984. However, rising raw material and transportation costs, along with the depreciation of

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June 6, 2022

The Japan Fisheries Agency began monitoring sales of sea cucumbers and abalone on 1 June, as one of the country’s new laws to prevent illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing – and rampant poaching of the two species – starts to take effect …

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June 3, 2022

The FY 2022 budget released by Japan’s Fisheries Agency highlights the challenges the country’s seafood sector is facing amid COVID-19.

The new budget features significant increases intended to help fishery management stability and promote new resource management system, adds additional funds to stabilize fishery incomes, and adds subsidies for fuel.

The budget for implementing fishery management stability measures and promoting a

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June 3, 2022

A new form of packaging is gaining popularity in Japan, and recently made a strong impression at the 19th Seafood Show Osaka …

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June 2, 2022

Researchers from Korea Maritime & Ocean University, in Busan, South Korea revealed that exposure to higher levels of benzo[α]pyrene (BaP) slowed immune response in bay scallops and lowered their capacity to deal with oxidative stress and DNA damage.

BaP is a carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), and one of the most common pollutants released into the sea. They are formed by incomplete combustion of organic matter,

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June 2, 2022

A tank farm grown up around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, built to hold treated cooling water from the reactor, will soon begin releasing diluted water as the tanks near capacity.

The debate over the cooling water has gone on for years, with multiple groups objecting to any release of water. Fishery cooperatives, some local mayors, and South Korea and China all object to the plan, but Japan’s Nuclear Regulation

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June 1, 2022

Members of Anti IUU Forum Japan have issued a joint statement to Japanese government officials recommending steps that should be taken to fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The Anti IUU Forum Japan is a group of organizations promoting sustainable fisheries that includes WWF Japan, Seafood Legacy Co., The Nature Conservancy, Sailors for the Sea Japan. 

Their "Joint Statement on Domestic Trade of

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