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 18, 2020

On 31 August, Berkshire Hathaway announced it had acquired slightly more than a five percent stake in each of the five major Japanese general trading companies: Itochu, Marubeni, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, and Sumitomo – all based in Tokyo – through regular purchases on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Collectively, the investments have a combined value of USD 6.7 billion (EUR 5.6 billion)

Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO, Warren Buffett, considered

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Published on
September 15, 2020

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries is promoting sales of items that have been significantly affected by COVID-19 by subsidizing shipping charges for online sales.

Seven product categories are the targets of the subsidy:

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Published on
September 11, 2020

With people cooking at home more and avoiding eating out in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, supermarket sales in Japan have remained healthy. But many consumers who previously shopped every day are now ordering foods online or through weekly home-delivery services.

In mid-July, Tokyo-based Ai-land, a lifestyle media company focused on food, cooking, and recipes, announced the results of a questionnaire on online sales of food after the spread

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Published on
September 10, 2020

A Marine Stewardship Council-certified Atlantic bluefin tuna was sold for the first time at Tokyo’s Toyosu Market on 1 September ... 

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September 7, 2020

Seafood Legacy, a Tokyo, Japan-based consultancy that forges connections between sustainable seafood programs and businesses, is hosting a series of free online workshops on sustainable purchasing. The Thursday afternoon workshops, aimed at fishing and distribution companies, research institutions, and others with a commercial or scientific interest in Japanese fisheries, began on 6 August with a Zoom meeting from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Japan

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September 4, 2020

Japan Customs data for the first 10 days of August showed overall exports down by 23.3 percent and imports down by 40.4 percent year-on-year, resulting in a positive balance of trade amid a general reduction in international trade ... 

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Published on
September 2, 2020

This year was supposed to be the “super year” for ocean sustainability, with many major events and gatherings planned to bring momentum and focus to the issue. However, COVID-19 has pushed the pause button for large gatherings and international travel, and has taken attention off of the environment.

In response to the obstacles facing the community of individuals and organizations focused on seafood sustainability issues, virtual

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Published on
August 31, 2020

Wholesalers at Tokyo’s Toyosu Market are preparing online tuna sets to appeal to consumers directly, in a bid to make up for struggling restaurant sales due to the coronavirus pandemic …

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Published on
August 14, 2020

Japan has plans to increase exports of fugu (blowfish, pufferfish) by creating a standard nationwide test to license those who process it, replacing the current mish-mash of prefectural regulations.

The lack of national involvement in the regulations has been been viewed as an obstacle to exporting the blowfish to some foreign countries, many of which are reluctant to import the fish on safety grounds. Famously fugu, depending on the species,

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August 13, 2020

A joint venture factory in Onagawa-cho, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan – featuring a partnership between Seattle-based Trident Seafoods Corp. and local company Takamasa Co. Ltd. – has been operating since its completion on 11 May making crab-flavored surimi sticks.

The Minato Shimbun reported that the plant is operating with two lines and 45 employees, and that the company plans to produce 500 to 600 metric tons in the first year. The

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