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 12, 2017

A Japanese firm specializing in food company takeovers has purchased Hokkaido-based Yamani Noguchi Fisheries Co., Ltd.

The purchase, for JPY 85 million (USD 789,155, EUR 647,000) was announced on 5 September and will close on 2 October. 

Rumoi-based Yamani Noguchi Fisheries is a 47-year-old fish processing company dealing in salmon, while Yoshimura Food Holdings is a Tokyo-based company that purchases firms with limited growth opportunities

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September 11, 2017

A new scientific study of octopuses worldwide is revealing previously unknown levels of variability amongst geographically dispersed populations – a fact that may be masking the decline of the species in some areas, including Japan.

Professor Ian Gleadall studies octopuses at Tohoku University in Japan. He has contributed to a study that has collected evidence showing that several closely related species of octopus may have been lumped

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September 1, 2017

At the 19th Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo held 23 to 25 August, refrigeration equipment was in the spotlight, with sherbet ice front and center.

Liquid Snow by Gaia System, based in Kobe, promoted the small size of its ice particles as an advantage, with claims their product does less damage to fish and take up less space in a Styrofoam shipping box than regular ice. Chilled shipping seems to be the main intended application

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August 29, 2017

The 19th Japan International Seafood and Technology Expo took place 23 through 25 August at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition hall, and Scotland’s pavilion – though of the same physical size as last year – was bursting at the seams with the most exhibitors ever. 

Natalie Bell, the trade marketing manager at Seafood Scotland, said the trade show represented an opportunity for her organization get more market exposure in

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August 21, 2017

Until recently, sustainability was rarely a part of any discussion of seafood in Japan.

However, due to the advocacy of several non-governmental organizations (NGOs), that's beginning to change. NGOs have seen an opportunity with the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020, pushing the organizing committee to strengthen the requirements for certifying sustainable seafood that will be served at the event.

Upon closer inspection, though, what appears

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August 18, 2017

A Hokkaido-based “kaiten” or conveyor-belt sushi shop chain has received the highest rating in the Oricon Japanese Customer Satisfaction Ranking (Rotary Sushi Division), beating out larger and more famous chains, such as Sushiro and Hama Sushi.

The Toriton (a Japanese pronunciation of the sea god “Triton”) chain is a subsidiary of Kitaichi Shokuhin K.K., headquartered in Kitami, Hokkaido. In the survey, restaurants were

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August 16, 2017

On 7 August, Tokyo-based Maruha Nichiro Corporation reported financial results for the period from April-June, the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The company’s consolidated ordinary profit was around JPY 8.5 billion yen (USD 77,562,500; EUR 65,734,871), up 30 percent from the same period last year. 

The increase in yen terms was mainly due to foreign exchange gains resulting from the weaker yen—about 10 yen lower against the

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August 7, 2017

The Northern Pacific Fisheries Commission, which manages fishing in international waters of the North Pacific Ocean, decided at its 13 to 15 July meeting against a Japanese proposal to create a catch quota for Pacific saury.

Japan raised the issue of overfishing of Pacific saury, and proposed quotas for each country based on average catches over the last five years. 

The eight members of the NPFC are Canada, China, Japan, South Korea,

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August 4, 2017

The fear of disease and the harsh realities of shrimp biology are resulting in the rise of vannamei shrimp farming – and the concurrent downfall of black tiger shrimp aquaculture.

The greatest risks of disease contamination for shrimp farmers are neighboring infected ponds – especially in coastal or riverine environments where water sources are shared – and introduction of diseased post-larval (PL) shrimp. To avoid the latter,

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August 1, 2017

On 2 July, Japan celebrated Octopus Day – which didn’t take much coercion for most of the population in this seafood-mad country.

In Kansai, which includes Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe – as well as Akashi, the birthplace of tako-yaki – people get in to the spirit. Denizens of those regions celebrated the day by eating such dishes as octopus sashimi; a vinegared salad of cucumber, octopus and wakame seaweed; or tako-yaki (octopus

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