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
May 8, 2020

The latest figures released by the Japan Ministry of Finance provide insight into current trade patterns playing out between Japan and Chile when it comes to salmon and trout …

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Published on
May 4, 2020

Tokyo’s Toyosu Market is experiencing a drastic financial fallout as Japan reels from the economic shock of COVID-19.

From March to April, both the volume of seafood Japan’s largest seafood market handled and the prices it received had nosedived. But the crash has been uneven, reflecting a shift by Japanese consumers from eating out to cooking at home. Sales of luxury items like tuna have dropped significantly, while sales of fish

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Published on
April 29, 2020

With restaurant sales depressed, some Japanese fishermen are turning to online sales for home delivery as an alternative sales channel.

Fisherman Japan, based in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, is an organization formed by young fishermen to promote consumption of seafood from the Sanriku area of Japan (northeast Honshu Island). The group includes Sanriku fishermen, fish shops, and chefs. Restaurants that use their products – some

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Published on
April 27, 2020

A new research paper is providing a comprehensive look at how the world catches, trades, and eats octopus.

The paper, World Octopus Fisheries (Sauer et al., 2019, Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture), has 48 authors, who collectively studied more than 20 octopus species harvested from 90 countries. The ecological and biological features, catches, and key aspects of management, as well as major importing and exporting nations, and

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Published on
April 24, 2020

As Japan grapples with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, luxury seafood is taking a hit from drastically reduced service at restaurants.

Measures taken in Japan have varied between different prefectures. At a news conference on 9 April, Hideaki Omura, the governor of Aichi Prefecture, said he had asked the central government to add his prefecture to the list of prefectures covered under the state of emergency declared by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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Published on
April 20, 2020

Anthony Lindoff's roots in Hoonah, Alaska, are as deep as the waters off the nearby Icy Strait Point. 

The population of Hoonah, Alaska – approximately 788 people – consists mostly of Native Americans of the Tlingit tribe, which established themselves in the region in the 1750's when advancing glaciers forced them out of their homeland in Glacier Bay. Hoonah is the largest community on Chichagof Island, in Alaska's

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Published on
April 20, 2020
The Japanese Ministry of Finance released provisional trade statistics for February 2020 that showed seafood imports from most regions and countries sharply down. The report showed overall imports of “fish and fish preparation” at 115,989 metric tons (MT) for February, down from February of last year by 17.7 percent. The value was JPY 87.1 billion (USD 808.4 million, EUR 743.9 million), down by 21 percent. The decline was likely due to… Read More
Published on
April 13, 2020

The world’s largest seafood company will grow a little bigger. Tokyo, Japan-based Maruha Nichiro, with 2019 revenue of USD 7.2 billion (EUR 6.6 billion), announced a tender buyout of a wholesaler with a significant presence in the Toyosu Fish Market and Japan's other major fish wholesale markets

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April 10, 2020

Michael Moretti believes there’s no better time for U.S. seafood companies to refresh their online presence

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Published on
March 30, 2020

A recently completed survey has confirmed supermarkets in Japan are recording a big uptick in sales as customers stock up in response to the COVID-19 outbreak ... 

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