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… Read More
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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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… Read More
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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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,… Read More
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… Read More
From 21 July and running until 8 August, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) has been recruiting organizations and restaurants to participate in the "Go To Eat" campaign. The campaign aims to stimulate demand in the food and beverage industry for a limited time by subsidizing part of the cost of dining out.
Restaurants have been hit hard as customers have refrained from eating out as a way of limiting the spread… Read More
Coho salmon farmers in Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture have a hard time making money when forced to go head-to-head with lower-priced imports from Chile.
To escape the price-taker role in a commodity market, a plan formulated by the Miyagi Fisheries Cooperative, the “Miyagi Prefecture coho salmon aquaculture reconstruction project,” promotes a focus on fresh products for the sushi/sashimi market to differentiate from frozen products… Read More