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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January 7, 2019

Kiyoshi Kimura, president of restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai, has shelled out big bucks again to get his company’s name in the news worldwide. 

Kimura made the winning bid for the highest-priced Pacific bluefin tuna at the first tuna auction of the year at Tokyo’s new Toyosu Market on 5 January.

The chain is overshadowed in size by rival conveyor-belt sushi chains Hamazushi (more than 400 outlets), Akindo Sushiro (more than 500

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January 2, 2019

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games around the corner, environmental advocates have ramped up the pressure on the host country to commit to serving only seafood certified by third-party accredited sustainability schemes.

Currently, the language of the Tokyo Organizing Committee’s Sustainable Sourcing Code for Fishery Products sets the bar for approval for seafood sustainability at meeting the United Nations Food and Agriculture

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December 14, 2018

A big increase in the number of wooden boats drifting ashore in Japan is one sign of the heavy increase in illegal squid fishing being performed by North Korea. 

This year, there were 169 cases of North Korean boats drifting ashore through the end of November – 1.6 times that of last year and the most since 2013. Stormy weather may be responsible for running many boats aground, but another reason is the sheer increase in the number of

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December 4, 2018

Ryan Bigelow, the senior program manager for Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, sees Japan as a country ripe for seafood sustainability ratings like those his program provides.

Japan’s population consumes a vast amount of seafood – collectively, the country has one of the largest seafood consumption footprints in the world (third behind China and the European Union) – and because of that, an improvement in the overall

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November 23, 2018

Traugott Fischer, a German living in Lima, Peru, is developing a scallop farm using the Peruvian scallop (Argopecten purpuratus) and intending to apply the Japanese “ear hanging” method. 

Alongside this venture, Fischer told SeafoodSource he hopes to export sea urchin roe (“uni” in Japanese) from Peru to Japan. He said that Peru supplies the same species of sea urchin as Chile, (Loxechinus albus), which has a good

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November 22, 2018

At the fourth Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium on 1 November, Tom Pickerell, global tuna director for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), introduced the idea of a tuna roundtable to the Japanese industry, including suppliers and purchasers. 

The roundtable discussed fishery improvement projects (FIPs) and their importance in inching Japan towards more sustainable practices in relation to tuna.

The event was a follow up to an

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November 20, 2018

Tokyo, Japan-based cold storage operator and frozen food processor Nichirei Corporation reported a 15.4 percent decline in operating profit in the six months ending on 30 September, 2018, according to the company’s recent financial report. 

The conglomerate – whose business also includes logistics, real estate, and more – posted operating profits of JPY 13.8 billion (EUR 106.7 million, USD 121.8 million), down from JPY

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October 31, 2018

The fourth Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium will be held at Iino Hall and Conference Center on 1 November. Started in 2015, the annual event hosted by Seafood Legacy and Nikkei Ecology – a monthly publication of Nikkei Business Publications – brings together business leaders throughout Japan to discuss issues surrounding smarter management of global fisheries resources. The all-day program will feature a wide range of speakers and

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October 12, 2018

Problems of all kinds have beset Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market since the 2001 announcement that it would replace the famed Tsukiji market, and Wednesday, 11 October, the day of its opening, was no exception.

In advance of the opening in the early morning hours, traffic jams saw long lines of trucks and unloading at undesignated areas. Later in the day, the arrival of VIPs, including Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, was marred when one of the

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October 1, 2018

Japan and Peru, two of the world’s biggest players when it comes to seafood, are hoping to crack down on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in their exclusive economic zones through increased use of cutting-edge technology.

A key player in both countries’ efforts is the Global Fishing Watch, an international nonprofit organization with the goal of “advancing sustainability of the oceans through increased

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