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
November 30, 2017

Japan’s nationwide saury catch through the end of October was just half that of last year. Pacific saury fishing ends this month, so the 2017 harvest will almost certainly be the worst since 1969. 

Total landings throughout Japan through October were 47,556 metric tons, according to a Nippon Keizai Shimbun report. Landings decreased by 40 percent in Hokkaido, the main production area, by 55 percent in Iwate Prefecture, and by 60

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Published on
November 28, 2017

Philippe de Lapérouse sees myriad investment opportunities in aquaculture.

De Lapérouse is managing director of HighQuest Partners, based in St. Louis, Missouri. Formerly an investment banker, he has more than 30 years of experience advising companies and investment strategies in food, biotech and bioenergy. He is also the chairman of the Global AgInvesting conference series, which includes annual events in New York, London, and

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Published on
November 27, 2017

The board of directors of the Wholesale Co-Operative of Tokyo Fish Market has approved the Tokyo metropolitan government’s schedule for the relocation of the central wholesale market from Tsukiji to the new Toyosu site. The shift is scheduled to be carried out in September or October of 2018, with the most likely opening day 11 October, following a three-day weekend. 

In agreeing to the move, the board may be out of step with its 540

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Published on
November 21, 2017

Big news was made at the growing Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium with the announcement of Japan’s first tuna-focused fishery improvement project.

The event, which took place in Tokyo on 27 October at the Belle Salle event hall in Shinjuku ward, was organized by Seafood Legacy Co., Ltd. and Nikkei Ecology, a monthly publication of Nikkei Business Publications (Nikkei BP). Sponsors included The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the

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Published on
November 14, 2017

Early catches of typical autumn fish are poor in Japan, following a recent trend that may be associated with climate change. 

Fall chum salmon, popular as grilled slices for breakfast or sautéed, are in short supply, as the early season catches have been light. Pacific saury, the food Japanese say they most associate with the autumn season (along with matsutake mushroom), are retailing fresh for JPY 350 to 400 (USD 3.10 to 3.54, EUR

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Published on
November 8, 2017

A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel in Geneva, Switzerland has ruled in Japan's favor in a dispute over South Korean restrictions on imports of Japanese seafood imposed after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The panel notified the two sides of the result on 18 October.

Japan lodged a complaint at the WTO in 2015 against South Korea's import bans on fish caught from eight prefectures near Fukushima, imposed in 2013. The

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Published on
October 31, 2017

A restaurant in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward is specializing in seafood certified by the Marine Stewardship Council and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. The symbols of these certification programs are featured prominently on the restaurant’s menu and website.

The restaurant, named Blue, which was opened in May, is Japan's only independent seafood restaurant to serve MSC-certified seafood. The name is intended to conjure up thoughts of

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Published on
October 30, 2017

Multiple bluefin farms in Japan are set to drastically increase shipments of closed-cycle tuna, for which the entire cycle of reproduction is carried out in the captive state. 

Nagoya-based trading company Toyota Tsusho Corp. has had a technical tie-up since 2010 with Kinki University – the first to succeed in closed-cycle bluefin breeding – and now operates two tuna farms, in Okinawa and Nagasaki prefectures. A subsidiary, Tuna

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Published on
October 18, 2017

A study published in the Pertanika journal Tropical Agricultural Science reports that compounds in “bekasam,” a fermented fish paste used as a condiment in Indonesia, inhibit an enzyme involved in the synthesis of cholesterol, similarly to statin drugs. 

Researchers from Sriwijaya University in Indonesia tested the effects of various peptides filtered out of bekasam on the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. HMG-CoA reductase catalyzes

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October 17, 2017

The parent company of Utsunomiya, Japan-based conveyor-belt sushi chain Genki Sushi Co., rice wholesaler Shinmei Co., will buy 32.7 percent of Suita-based Sushiro Global Holdings, parent of competing chain Akindo Sushiro, from London-based private equity firm Permira. A large portion of Sushiro Global Holdings was already sold by Permira in an initial public offering in April.

The consolidation will give the combined chains leverage to demand

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