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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February 19, 2020
Japan’s Fisheries Agency announced on 30 January that it will set a record low total allowable catch for Japanese flying squid (Todarodes pacificus) of 57,000 metric tons (MT) for the 2020 fishing season, following the poor 2019 harvest. The TAC for the season, which runs from 20 April, 2020, to 21 March, 2021, is 15 percent lower than that for the 2019 fishing year, which was the previous low. Japan’s landings of frozen squid in 2019 fell… Read More
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February 7, 2020

In a series of press releases on 3 February, Tokyo, Japan-based Maruha Nichiro Corporation announced a new CEO, released its business results for the third fiscal quarter, and revised its outlook for the full fiscal year.

Shigeru Ito, who currently serves as president and CEO, will become the chairman of the board. His additional position as a representative director is unchanged. Masaru Ikemi, who is currently a director and senior managing

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January 30, 2020

Osaka, Japan-based Kura Sushi, which operates the Kura-zushi rotary sushi chain, announced on 21 January it will open its first store in mainland China.

The restaurant will be located in Shanghai. Kura-zushi (“Zushi” is an alternate pronunciation of “sushi” in Japanese) already had 442 shops in Japan, 23 in the United States, and 20 in Taiwan as of October 2019, and is also planning on opening a new shop in Tokyo’s

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January 27, 2020

Chiba, Japan-based supermarket chain Aeon will begin sales of Marine Stewardship Council-certified Mushiake Okayama Prefecture raw oysters at 54 stores in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Okayama prefectures.

The price is JPY 398 (USD 3.64, EUR 3.30) plus tax for a pack containing 110 grams of oyster meats.

Aeon has been promoting sales of products from sustainable fisheries since 2006, when it started handling marine products with MSC

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January 20, 2020

The Philippines' Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has announced that the Philippines has removed some restrictions on Japanese food imports imposed in response to the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster ... 

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January 17, 2020

Indonesia’s Marine and Fisheries Ministry (KKP) has been collaborating with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on a sustainable fishery resource management and utilization project, which may get a jump-start from an American entrepreneur.

A new focus by the Indonesian government of fisheries cooperatives, which has included workshops in Indonesia and a two-week training program for officials in Japan, has led the government

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January 14, 2020

Tokyo-based Maruha Nichiro Corporation announced on 9 January that it will buy bluefin tuna farming company Nanki Kushimoto Fisheries

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January 13, 2020

Tuna is more popular than salmon, according to a survey of 1,000 diners conducted by Tokyo, Japan-based sushi chain Kyotaru ...

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January 9, 2020

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species shows Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) as “vulnerable”— one step better than “endangered.” But rarity isn’t the reason one bluefin sold for JPY 193.2 million (USD 1.8 million, EUR 1.6 million) at the first sale of the new year at Tokyo’s Toyosu Market on 5 January.

The price – the second-highest on record after last year’s JPY 333.6 million

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January 3, 2020

Four new land-based recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) have either recently begun operations or are being planned in Japan, founded by companies eager to bring another source of salmon to the seafood-loving island nation.

In addition to two RAS projects already in operation – Kotoura Grand Salmon and the Mitsui-owned FRD Japan – there are two new RAS salmonid projects in the works in Japan. Pure Salmon and Proximar Seafood both

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