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
December 17, 2021

Japan's Yaizu Fisheries Cooperative held a briefing on 6 December to explain the theft of frozen bonito – skipjack tuna – to local fishermen.

Yaizu, located near the entrance of Tokyo Bay, is the country’s top bonito port, recording nearly half of the country’s total landings.

In February, five people were arrested and charged with stealing about 4.4 metric tons of frozen bonito, worth JPY 1.04 million (USD 9,000,

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Published on
December 13, 2021

Japan’s Fisheries Agency (JFA) announced in June its intention to boost farmed yellowtail production by over 70 percent – from under 140,000 metric tons (MT) currently, to 240,000 MT by the year 2030. However, a fingerling shortage will instead result in a short-term reduction.

Yellowtail fingerlings are typically sourced in the wild in Japan. Wild yellowtail fry (called mojako) are scooped into wellboats with handheld nets as they

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Published on
December 1, 2021

Japan’s seafood exports rose by 9.4 percent in October 2021 year-over-year, while its seafood imports were up by 26.7 percent, resulting in a small trade deficit.

Japan’s government announced on Wednesday, 1 December the country is now on track to reach its target of JPY 1 trillion (USD 8.9 billion, EUR 7.8 billion) in total food exports in 2021, according to The Japan Times, including JPY 8.4 billion (USD 74.4 million, EUR 65.8

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Published on
November 30, 2021

The 23rd Japan International Seafood and Technology Expo took place from 8 to 10 November, though Japan’s continuing quarantine requirements for entrants from many countries limited its international participation.

Foreign exhibitors were mostly limited to those that have a Japan representative office, or those whose embassy organized a national booth. The number of visitors was estimated at 15,000 – up from 9,426 in 2020, but far

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Published on
November 24, 2021

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), approved increases to the total allowable catch (TAC) of bluefin and bigeye at its annual meeting, which ended Tuesday, 23 November.

ICCAT is the regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) responsible for conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas, including the Mediterranean. ICCAT fishery managers agreed to raise the

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Published on
November 24, 2021

Japan is aiming to increase exports of yellowtail – the country’s largest finfish export by value – but the efforts to increase exports are coinciding with tightening competition from new aquaculture ventures abroad.

In 2019, yellowtail made up 9 percent of Japan’s fish and fishery product exports - third by value behind scallops and pearls. Primarily, Japan's yellowtail exports consist of frozen fillets, with a

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Published on
November 12, 2021

Shrimp fed a ration in which fishmeal was replaced with Calysta’s FeedKind bacterial protein meal showed improved survivability against early mortality syndrome ... 

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Published on
November 12, 2021

Product from the second sea bream farming operation in Japan certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council standard will be on sale in Aeon stores, mainly in the Tokyo metropolis, from 19 to 22 November.

The supermarket chain has been a leader in Japan in featuring sustainable seafood and has plans to increase its certified seafood offerings from 15 percent to 20 percent of all its seafood products. As part of the company’s

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Published on
November 11, 2021

Hotel and hospitality chain Hilton has signed a memorandum of understanding that will see it purchase more Marine Stewardship Council- and Aquaculture Stewardship Council-certified sustainable seafood.

Hilton Vice President of Operations for Japan, South Korea, and Micronesia Timothy Soper; Seafood Legacy CEO Wakao Hanaoka; and UMITO Partners’ Shunji Murakami, signed the MoU at a ceremony at Hilton Tokyo Bay on 27 October. The MoU will

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Published on
November 9, 2021

Vladivostok, Russia-based Russian Fishery Company and Osaka, Japan-based Daisui have signed a long-term agreement on cooperation in promoting and developing sales of RFC products derived from pollock surimi ... 

Photo courtesy of Russian Fishery

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