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 14, 2009

Last week, SeafoodSource visited a yellowtail farm near Uwajima in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, in conjunction with a Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry promotional event. This presented an opportunity to see if the sushi sustainability ratings by various organizations are accurate.

Among the most popular sushi sustainability guides is Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. It recommends that consumers “avoid”

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Published on
September 14, 2009

Mentaiko — Alaska pollock eggs marinated in chili, sake, kelp and citrus for several hours — is growing in popularity not only in Japan but also in the West.

Originally a Korean dish, mentaiko was introduced to Japan in the 1950s. It is eaten directly or with rice, or is popular in spaghetti or baked into French bread — a mentaiko spaghetti recipe is included in the popular Japanese cookbook, Harumi’s Japanese Cooking. And many U.S.

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Published on
August 13, 2009

Japanese seafood heavyweight Maruha Nichiro Holdings recently released its first-quarter results for fiscal 2010.

Sales for the period ending 30 June totaled JPY 200.9 billion (USD 2.1 billion, EUR 1.5 billion), down 12.1 percent from the same period last year. Operating profit was down 66.3 percent, and net profit was down 12.4 percent, to JPY 1.9 billion (USD 19 million, EUR 13 million).

The company lost JPY 6.3 billion (USD 65 million, EUR 45

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Published on
August 11, 2009

Nissui Corp. last week issued its first-quarter results covering the period of 1 April to 30 June.

The Japanese seafood company’s sales declined by 6.4 percent, while it operating income and ordinary income rose by 136.3 and 68.8 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

Net income jumped from a loss of JPY 334 million (USD 3.45 million, EUR 2.44 million) to a gain of JPY 648 million (USD 6.69 million, EUR 4.73

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Published on
July 28, 2009

Highlights from last week’s ninth annual Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo at Tokyo Big Sight, which featured approximately 30,000 visitors and 550 exhibitors:

• Kasuhisa Fukumoto of the Norwegian Seafood Export Council said Norwegian farmed salmon is benefiting from strong demand due to the infectious salmon anemia outbreak in Chile, which has curbed farmed salmon production there. However, because of the long-term nature

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July 28, 2009

Yellowtail was among the seafood species receiving a lot of play at last week’s ninth annual Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo at Tokyo Big Sight, featuring approximately 30,000 visitors and 550 exhibitors.

In Japan, young yellowtail is called hamachi and is mainly a sushi or sashimi item, while older yellowtail is called buri and may also be used for grilling with teriyaki sauce.

Yellowtail, amberjack (kampachi) and sea

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Published on
July 21, 2009

Bluefin tuna has been the subject of much debate this year. The film "End of the Line," released in June, brought the species' plight to the public's attention, and Greenpeace has ramped up its campaign to prevent bluefin tuna overfishing. But, according to Rich Ruais, executive director of the American Bluefin Tuna Association and proprietor of TunaNews.org, the environmental camp doesn't always get its facts straight when it comes to bluefin

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July 6, 2009

In Japan, independent sushi bars with artisan sushi chefs are struggling to compete with kaiten, or conveyor belt, sushi chains, which feature low prices, quick self-service, ample seating and parking and a casual, kid-friendly atmosphere.

Same-store sales in May at leading kaiten sushi chains Kappa Zushi and Akindo Sushiro were up 9.9 percent and 8.4 percent, respectively, compared to the same month last year, even as dinner restaurants, pubs

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Published on
June 25, 2009

The Japan International Seafood and Technology Expo will be held 22 to 24 July at Tokyo Big Sight, the same week as the Japanese national holiday Marine Day (20 July).

Organizers expect about 30,000 people to visit the 550 exhibitors, making it Asia’s most visited seafood show. The China Fisheries and Seafood Expo, held last November in Qingdao, which also claims to be Asia’s largest seafood show, had 735 exhibitors, but only 15,000

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June 1, 2009

Demand for Japanese seafood is being bolstered by bargains, which appeal to price-conscious housewives. In the first quarter of this year, one in four meals at home included fish, rising despite the long-term shift toward red meat in Japan.

Japan’s exports of Pacific saury, mackerel and pink salmon have been hit hard by weak Asian demand since the global economy took a nosedive, leaving much domestic fish unsold.

A rising yen since the

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