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 25, 2019

Shiok Meats, based in Singapore, made headlines when it unveiled a small quantity of lab-grown shrimp meat in the form of “siew mai” dumplings at the Disruption in Food and Sustainability Summit in March. Only three people – all associated with the company – got a taste, but it was a proof that the goal was achievable.

The company may have a leg up on competitors working on mammals, as CEO Sandhya Sriram has confirmed to

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June 18, 2019

On 5 June, the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Chief Kenji Kanasugi met the South Korean Foreign Ministry's Director-General for Asian and Pacific Affairs Kim Jung-han in Tokyo. 

Kim told Kanasugi that Tokyo should not use a recently announced stiffer inspection scheme for flatfish and shellfish as a disguised discriminatory measure against South Korean seafood. Korea has maintained restrictions on

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June 7, 2019

The 47th United States-Japan Natural Resources Scientific Symposium “Marine Aquaculture in a Changing Environment” will be held November 12 to 15, 2019, in Okinawa, Japan. It will be the last year for the three-year theme, “Marine Aquaculture in a Changing Environment.”

The symposium is part of a regular collaboration between NOAA Fisheries and the Japanese Fisheries Research and Education Agency, organized through the

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June 6, 2019

A new group of seafood and seafood-related businesses based in East Asia have come together with the goal of improving sourcing practices in the region.

The Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition (HKSSC) was formed in January 2018 by a group of companies including hotels, suppliers, producers and retailers operating in the local seafood industry, to promote the responsible sourcing of seafood.

Coalition members commit themselves to improving

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June 3, 2019

Those who remember the introduction of surimi to the U.S. in the early 1980s might still recall a fight that rose to the federal level involving what it would officially be named.

“Sea Legs,” “King Krab,” “Crab Shapes,” and “crab sticks” were all put forward as options. Eventually, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required – but did not have the manpower to enforce – the term

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May 27, 2019

After a 30-year break, Japan will resume commercial whaling in July. 

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced on 26 December, 2018, the country would withdraw from the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW). The announcement was timed to meet a six-month notification requirement. 

By beating a 1 January deadline for notifying the U.S. State Department – which in turn notified the

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May 16, 2019

Tokyo, Japan-based Maruha Nichiro Corporation, the world’s largest fishery company by revenue, on 15 May reported its consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending March 2019. Sales were up from the previous year by 0.4 percent, but operating profit fell 11.2 percent. The company’s net profit rose 3.7 percent.

In its fishery and aquaculture business, sales decreased, as typhoons hurt bluefin farming operations. Declining

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May 13, 2019

Tokyo’s Toyosu Wholesale Market, the primary fish market in Japan, has been struggling to attract visitors to watch its tuna auctions.

Its predecessor, the Tsukiji Market, was a major tourist draw in the Tokyo area, but its famed tuna auctions were moved to Toyosu last year. Even though a specially designed glass-enclosed viewing area was opened in the new market on 15 January, tourists have been staying away.

SeafoodSource visited both

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May 10, 2019

At the Foodex trade show held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, in March, several companies displayed the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) logo, as well as logos certifying that their products are “halal,” meaning permissible for Muslims to eat.

Taiwanese companies were most notable for the ASC certification. Lucky Holder, based in Neipu Township, Pingtun County, Taiwan, displayed the ASC logo, and additionally the

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May 6, 2019

After two years of conversation, site visits, and scientific work, Japan’s third fishery improvement project (FIP) – the Tomamae Giant Pacific Octopus FIP – is now officially underway. The previous two FIPs were the Nachi Katsuura Albacore Longline FIP and the Tokyo Bay Sea Perch FIP.

An FIP is a stepwise approach toward Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. It involves an analysis against the MSC Fisheries Standard,

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