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
March 30, 2020

Seiyu GK has become the first retailer in Japan to introduce Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified products to its aisles.

The new BAP-certified product, “Salad Shrimp,” became available at 181 Seiyu stores across Japan on 26 March. The product features pre-cooked shrimp that can be eaten directly. Convenience is big selling point for seafood in Japan these days, as fewer working women have the time and skill to prepare fish,

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March 26, 2020

Yellowtail – known as “buri” or “hamachi” in Japanese – is Japan’s top farmed finfish export by value at USD 137 million (EUR 122.9 million, JPY 14.7 billion), and as such, is displayed at most seafood shows in Japan.

At the Seafood Show Osaka 2020 in February - one of the last seafood trade shows to take place before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis shut down large public industry gatherings, hamachi

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Published on
March 18, 2020

TUNA SCOPE was developed by Japan-based international advertising and public relations joint stock company Dentsu Inc. in partnership with its subsidiary, Information Services International-Dentsu, Ltd., and trading company Sojitz Corporation …

Photo courtesy of TUNA

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March 16, 2020

Restaurant customers in Japan are wary of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and fish dealers are suffering weak demand and restricted shipping options due to canceled flights.

Luminous Cruising Co., the operator of one of Japan’s largest restaurant cruise ships, the Luminous Kobe-2, filed for bankruptcy protection, Japanese media reported on 2 March. The move came after many passengers on the quarantined Diamond

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Published on
March 11, 2020

The 17th Seafood Show Osaka 2020 took place as planned on 19 and 20 February, despite a general anxiety in Japan about the spread of COVID-19. The event, held at the Asia Pacific Trade Center (ATC), is the largest food trade fair in western Japan. It had over 267 exhibitors and 15,892 visitors in 2019; This year, there were 288 exhibitors. However, the number of visitors, at 13,574, was down.

The show was held in conjunction with the Agri-Food

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Published on
March 4, 2020

Ehime University introduced a new farmed tuna species at last month’s Seafood Show Osaka 2020, which is it aiming to market throughout Japan.

The eastern little tuna, or mackerel tuna (Euthynnus affinis), is called suma or kawakawa in Japanese. The species is distributed in the temperate and tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, including southern Japan.

Professor Satoshi Kanao, of the university’s South Ehime Fisheries

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March 3, 2020

The Hoya Hoya Association, with its secretariat in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, and an office in Tokyo, was started in 2014 and became a formally incorporated association in November 2019 with the express purpose of raising awareness of the sea squirt, or sea pineapple (hoya in Japanese) in order to expand sales channels.

Prior to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, hoya (Halocynthia roretzi) was a local delicacy along the Sanriku

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Published on
February 19, 2020
Japan’s Fisheries Agency announced on 30 January that it will set a record low total allowable catch for Japanese flying squid (Todarodes pacificus) of 57,000 metric tons (MT) for the 2020 fishing season, following the poor 2019 harvest. The TAC for the season, which runs from 20 April, 2020, to 21 March, 2021, is 15 percent lower than that for the 2019 fishing year, which was the previous low. Japan’s landings of frozen squid in 2019 fell… Read More
Published on
February 7, 2020

In a series of press releases on 3 February, Tokyo, Japan-based Maruha Nichiro Corporation announced a new CEO, released its business results for the third fiscal quarter, and revised its outlook for the full fiscal year.

Shigeru Ito, who currently serves as president and CEO, will become the chairman of the board. His additional position as a representative director is unchanged. Masaru Ikemi, who is currently a director and senior managing

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January 30, 2020

Osaka, Japan-based Kura Sushi, which operates the Kura-zushi rotary sushi chain, announced on 21 January it will open its first store in mainland China.

The restaurant will be located in Shanghai. Kura-zushi (“Zushi” is an alternate pronunciation of “sushi” in Japanese) already had 442 shops in Japan, 23 in the United States, and 20 in Taiwan as of October 2019, and is also planning on opening a new shop in Tokyo’s

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