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
June 24, 2020

On 16 June, Japan’s Fisheries Agency released its Annual White Paper on Fisheries, which is divided into two parts: FY2019 Trends in Fisheries, and FY2020 Fisheries Policy.

The FY2019 report, divided into multiple chapters, covers everything from the state of the country’s fisheries resources to the state of current international disputes related to territorial fishing rights in areas around Japan.  Included in the report

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Published on
June 11, 2020

Tokyo, Japan-based Marubeni Corporation, in its annual results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, reported a net loss attributable to owners of the parent of JPY 197.5 billion (USD 1.8 billion, EUR 1.6 billion), a 428.3 percent decline

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Published on
June 10, 2020

Profits for Mitsubishi Corporation, the fifth largest seafood company by revenue, declined by JPY 55.3 billion (USD 506 million, EUR 448 million), or a little over 9 percent, from last year, according to the company’s annual report

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Published on
June 10, 2020

Seafood Legacy, Co., Ltd. and Nikkei ESG, hosts of the Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium 2020 (TSSS2020), announced on 8 June that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TSSS2020 will be held during the first week of November as a two-day virtual event.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the seafood industry's vulnerabilities and dramatically transformed our consumption habits and global seafood supply chain. The TSSS2020 seeks to lay out a roadmap

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Published on
June 2, 2020

Tokyo, Japan-based Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui) reported sales down by 3.1 percent, and Kyokuyo's profits were down 30 percent in the most recent fiscal year, according to their most recent financial reports  ... 

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Published on
June 1, 2020

The world’s largest seafood company issued its consolidated financial results for fiscal year 2020 on 28 May.

Tokyo, Japan-based Maruha Nichiro is the world’s largest seafood company by revenue, with FY2020 sales of JPY 905.2 billion (USD 8.4 billion, EUR 7.5 billion), down 17.3 percent from a year ago.

The company posted a profit attributable to the owners of the parent of JPY 12.5 billion (about USD 116 million, EUR 105 million)

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Published on
May 25, 2020

The top five kaiten-zushi (rotary or conveyor-belt sushi) type chains in Japan saw big declines in April, when restaurants were asked to close by 8 p.m. and were told to set the last order for alcohol at 7 p.m.

By sales and number of outlets, the top five chains are Akindo Sushiro, Kura Corporation, Hama Zushi, Kappa Zushi, and Genki Zushi.

Suita, Osaka-based Sushiro Global Holdings (SGH), which owns Akindo Sushiro – the largest of the

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Published on
May 15, 2020

Several major seafood companies in Japan have temporarily changed the ways they operate in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, turning to telework and other methods to keep employees safer.

Maruha Nichiro Co., Ltd.’s domestic and overseas food factories are operating normally, though its customer consultation office is not accepting phone calls. Inquiries are by e-mail only, and the company warns that it may take longer than usual to

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Published on
May 13, 2020

The number of eels caught in Japan rose sharply in the most recent fishing season, covering the period from November 2019 to the end of April 2020, according to a Fisheries Agency report.

Glass eels, or elvers, are juvenile eels that are caught and raised to full size in grow-out ponds located in 19 prefectures across Japan. The top prefectures in terms of stocking amount of elvers are Kagoshima, Aichi, Miyazaki, and Shizuoka.

A new report from

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Published on
May 12, 2020

A plan for the Japanese government to subsidize the nation’s seafood and beef industries, in response to plummeting prices resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, has moved forward after debate ... 

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