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
July 3, 2020

The first aquaculture improvement project (AIP) in Japan focusing on red sea bream was launched on 30 June, involving two farms owned and operated by Urata Suisan, based in Goshoura Town in the Amakusa Islands of Kumamoto Prefecture.

Kumamoto boasts the nation’s second-highest annual production volume of farmed red sea bream in Japan – roughly 10,000 metric tons – with the species accounting for more than half of the

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Published on
July 3, 2020

According to trade statistics released by Japan’s Ministry of Finance on 26 June, imports of fish and fish preparations in May amounted to 152,926 million metric tons (MT), a decline of 17.2 percent from the same month of 2019 ...

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Published on
July 2, 2020

Marukin Co., Ltd., based in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, has become the first coho salmon farmer in Japan to acquire Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification. The status is valid from 5 June, 2020 to 4 June, 2023.

Marukin was the first company to successfully commercialize coho salmon aquaculture in Japan, in 1977. It sells its salmon under the “Gin-ou (Silver King)” brand. It also raises oysters and scallops.

The certification

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Published on
July 1, 2020

More than a dozen Japanese pelagic fishing vessels have been stuck at overseas ports because COVID-19 lockdowns have prevented bringing in crew …

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Published on
June 24, 2020

On 16 June, Japan’s Fisheries Agency released its Annual White Paper on Fisheries, which is divided into two parts: FY2019 Trends in Fisheries, and FY2020 Fisheries Policy.

The FY2019 report, divided into multiple chapters, covers everything from the state of the country’s fisheries resources to the state of current international disputes related to territorial fishing rights in areas around Japan.  Included in the report

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Published on
June 11, 2020

Tokyo, Japan-based Marubeni Corporation, in its annual results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, reported a net loss attributable to owners of the parent of JPY 197.5 billion (USD 1.8 billion, EUR 1.6 billion), a 428.3 percent decline

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Published on
June 10, 2020

Profits for Mitsubishi Corporation, the fifth largest seafood company by revenue, declined by JPY 55.3 billion (USD 506 million, EUR 448 million), or a little over 9 percent, from last year, according to the company’s annual report

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Published on
June 10, 2020

Seafood Legacy, Co., Ltd. and Nikkei ESG, hosts of the Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium 2020 (TSSS2020), announced on 8 June that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TSSS2020 will be held during the first week of November as a two-day virtual event.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the seafood industry's vulnerabilities and dramatically transformed our consumption habits and global seafood supply chain. The TSSS2020 seeks to lay out a roadmap

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Published on
June 2, 2020

Tokyo, Japan-based Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui) reported sales down by 3.1 percent, and Kyokuyo's profits were down 30 percent in the most recent fiscal year, according to their most recent financial reports  ... 

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Published on
June 1, 2020

The world’s largest seafood company issued its consolidated financial results for fiscal year 2020 on 28 May.

Tokyo, Japan-based Maruha Nichiro is the world’s largest seafood company by revenue, with FY2020 sales of JPY 905.2 billion (USD 8.4 billion, EUR 7.5 billion), down 17.3 percent from a year ago.

The company posted a profit attributable to the owners of the parent of JPY 12.5 billion (about USD 116 million, EUR 105 million)

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