A new processing plant operated as a joint-venture between Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based Trident Seafoods and Kesennuma, Japan-based Osabe Foods began production of pollock fillets for the Japanese market last month.
The 2,380-square-meter plant in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, was built on the site of a former clothing factory. Construction of the steel-frame building was begun in November 2018. Including the production lines and… Read More
On 11 April, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) reversed a previous decision on South Korean restrictions and testing on Japanese food imports, finding that the ban on food products from Japanese prefectures potentially affected by radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi accident was not overly restrictive.
The decision overturns a previous WTO Dispute Settlement Body decision, where a panel found that the maintenance of… Read More
Japanese fisheries officials heard from their international counterparts about methods for incorporating more data into their fisheries science and management at a recent workshop in Tokyo.
The workshop,“New Resource Management Based on Data Innovation: Current State of the United States and Future Vision of Japan,” took place at the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries building on 7 March. The event was… Read More
China’s booths were the most prominent of the national pavilions at the Foodex trade show held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture – near Tokyo, Japan – from 5 to 8 March. The country’s pavilions were the most numerous, taking up about a quarter of one of the two halls, and they boasted “China” signage extending about a meter above regular booth tops.
Foodex is Asia’s largest food-related trade show.… Read More
Brunswick, Maine-based Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) has made a name for itself offering business advisory services to small businesses as well as financing and project management. The firm has received grants, including USD 300,000 (EUR 266,800) from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) – a U.S. nonprofit organization established in the 2014 Farm Bill – for introducing the Japanese “ear-hanging”… Read More
On 13 February, a robot arm successfully picked up pebble-sized pieces of radioactive fuel at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. The plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), sent a remote-controlled probe to the bottom of the plant's Number 2 reactor. It grasped five small pieces of debris from the fuel rods and lifted them a couple of inches.
The robot did not actually remove the fuel debris. This was just a test to see if it could be… Read More
Without apology or explanation – or even acknowledgement – Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has reversed her promise to redevelop the city’s famed Tsukiji fish market as a food-related theme park. She now backs a plan to build an international conference and exhibition hall complex at the site, which will include a luxury hotel, waterfront open space, restaurants, and docks.
Critics are demanding Koike explain her reversal to the… Read More
The 16th annual Seafood Show Osaka was held 20 to 21 February and featured new processing methods, new sourcing for cephalopods, and new eco-label support systems.
Located in the ATC hall, the show had around 500 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors. The show also shared its venue with the Agrifood Show, which had 472 booths featuring agricultural products from Japan’s 47 prefectures.
Cephalopods were a big feature of this year's… Read More
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is a New York City, New York, U.S.A.-based nonprofit environmental advocacy group. It was started after the founding members researched a link between use of DDT and a decline in local ospreys, following the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. They successfully campaigned to end the use of DDT in New York state, and subsequently nationwide. This was followed by work on passage of the Safe… Read More
Two NGOs active in promoting sustainable fisheries in Japan – Ocean Outcomes Japan and Seafood Legacy – have announced they will merge.
The organizations announced the merger in a joint press release, saying they plan to continue to lead the sustainable seafood movement in Japan, transitioning Japanese seafood producers and suppliers towards global best practices.
Shunji Murakami is the Japan Program Director for Portland,… Read More