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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December 20, 2019

With its recent Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) recognition, Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL) has responded to critics of its inclusion as a Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games approved sustainable label, showing it can be used to meet the sustainability standards of purchasing managers

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December 20, 2019

The 16th Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, took place 5 to 11 December, 2019. The regional fisheries management organization sets rules for an area that accounts for over half of the world’s tuna catch.

At the meeting, the Japanese delegation submitted a proposal for a research project to compare WCPFC-aggregated historical high-seas vessel-monitoring system (VMS) data with

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December 3, 2019

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), which manages highly migratory fish like tuna in the area, will hold its 16th annual meeting from 5 to 11 December in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The Pew Charitable Trusts is calling on the commission to use the opportunity to strengthen port state measures to fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United

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December 3, 2019

Tech companies have been quick to seize the opportunity presented by Japan’s recent Fisheries Reform Act, which opened underutilized aquaculture sites to use by companies, rather than reserving them for local fishery cooperatives.

A major impetus behind the legislation was an effort to stimulate a surge of capital investment into aquaculture. At the Japan International Seafood and Technology Show – which took place in Tokyo in

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November 29, 2019

Sea urchin ranching innovator Urchinomics is establishing a semi-commercial scale feeding facility in Japan’s Oita Prefecture.

The concept behind the farm is to harvest empty sea urchins from areas where kelp beds have been overeaten, and feed them in a land-based facility until they grow to marketable size. When sea urchins overgraze kelp beds, they eat themselves out of their food source. But rather than die from starvation, they can

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November 19, 2019

The Tokyo Seafood Sustainability Symposium continues to encourage dialogue around seafood sustainability issues in Japan and beyond.

This year’s symposium, hosted by Seafood Legacy, Co., Ltd. and Nikkei ESG, and co-hosted by The Walton Family Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, took place 7 and 8 November.

A major topic of conversation at the event was Japan’s new Fisheries Reform Act, which revamped the

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November 18, 2019

In Japan, a common way to get free advertising, and to enhance the luxury image of an item, is to record a sale at a ridiculous price – which all the news outlets will then report ... Photo by Chris

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November 13, 2019

The fifth annual Tokyo Seafood Sustainability Symposium, which took place 7 and 8 November, was the largest ever, with 100 speakers and 1,000 attendees, making it Asia’s biggest event focused on seafood sustainability.

The robust attendance shows sustainability has firmly entered the mainstream conversation when it comes to seafood in Japan, according to Wakao Hanaoka, the CEO of non-governmental organization Seafood Legacy, which

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November 4, 2019

Much of the tuna imported to both Japan and the United States, particularly yellowfin, is sourced from Indonesia. Jerry Knecht, CEO of both North Atlantic, Inc.  – headquartered in Portland, Maine – and P.T. Bali Seafood International – headquartered in Bali, Indonesia – told SeafoodSource that the massive recall in early September by Kroger of tuna products due to high histamine levels can be traced to poor hygiene

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October 30, 2019

The Japanese government may allow Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to dump more than 250 million gallons of contaminated water accumulated in tanks around its Fukushima nuclear power plants into the ocean.

Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada commented in September that he supports the plan, as it may be the only solution for the wastewater. An expert panel is now studying the options, and its recommendation is likely to become policy.

The

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