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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March 10, 2022

Japanese fish dealers are reporting a lack of available farmed Atlantic salmon from Norway, which they have attributed to the closure of Russian airspace due to that country's conflict with Ukraine 

Photo courtesy of Pierre-Yves

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March 8, 2022

Suita City, Osaka, Japan-based Akindo Sushiro ran a nationwide campaign from 23 February to 6 March titled Absolute Champion Tuna Fair, in which diners could compare eating Irish tuna and Oma tuna.

The fair, which featured Atlantic bluefin tuna caught off the coast of Ireland, featured a Wild Tuna Assortment menu item priced at JPY 638 (USD 5.51, EUR 5.05) including tax. The four-piece sushi assortment featured three types of neta, or

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March 4, 2022

Argentine red shrimp have become a popular item during Japanese New Year, with seasonal demand pushing imports of the species to the top of the charts.

Head-on prawns are a traditional part of the Japanese New Year menu – whole boiled shrimp represent long life, with the curved body and long antennae symbolizing the stooped back and long whiskers of an old man.

Demand for Argentine red shrimp spiked in November 2021 as importers in Japan

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March 2, 2022

A new paper published 15 February in Fisheries Magazine confirms that salmon spawns fared worse in hotter, drier conditions.

The new paper, "Premature Mortality Observations among Alaska’s Pacific Salmon During Record Heat and Drought in 2019," found salmon had higher spawning success in glacier and snow-fed streams than in rain-fed streams in hot, dry conditions.

Drought conditions in 2019 caused many rain-fed streams in Alaska to dry up.

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March 1, 2022

Japan, which typically takes its lead on foreign policy from the U.S. – one of its closest allies – is expected to follow along with American-led measures to isolate Russia made in response to Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine …

Photo courtesy of 首相官邸ホームページ/Wikimedia

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February 24, 2022

Japan’s seafood exports recovered in 2021, and in some cases surpassed pre-pandemic levels, trade statistics from Japan’s Ministry of Finance show.

The recovery is in line with the government’s announcement in December 2021 that the annual value of Japan's agriculture, forestry, and fisheries exports for the year would exceed JPY 1 trillion (USD 8.7 billion, EUR 7.7 billion) for the first time. That figure was achieved through

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February 2, 2022

A false-origin labeling scandal has halted sales of Kumamoto Prefecture clams.

Japanese TV network Tokyo Broadcasting Station aired an investigative report on 22 January showing containers of chilled clams being shipped to the port of Shimonseki, trucked to Kagoshima, reloaded to smaller flatbed trucks, carried to the clamming area, then dumped and spread out. Then a clam combine was operated to pick up, wash, and bag the clams in new mesh bags.

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February 1, 2022

The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission’s (IATTC’s) Early Life History (ELH) Group’s Achotines Laboratory, which has conducted research on tropical tunas in the Republic of Panama since 1986, recently reached the major milestone of successfully sustaining spawning yellowfin tuna in captivity for 25 years …

Photo courtesy of IATTC Achotines

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February 1, 2022

Hiroshima, Japan-based Farm Suzuki has turned to direct sales has a sales boost following disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Farm Suzuki specializes in Claire oysters, a type of oyster finished in “Claire ponds,” or former salt-evaporation ponds. The method imitates one used for centuries in the Marennes-Oléron region of France. Because the oysters eat green algae that grows in the brackish ponds, the

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January 28, 2022

The Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) maintains Agricultural Trade Offices (ATOs) in U.S. embassies and many consulates. The ATOs provide market information and help to coordinate promotions for U.S. exporters. SeafoodSource talked with the new director of the ATO in Osaka, Japan, Alexander Blamberg. Before taking up the post in August 2021, he was agricultural attaché at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo,

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