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Japan's tuna market, the world's largest, hit hard by pandemic

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OssanAmerica: "Japan is the largest consumer of tuna. Japan is not the largest harvester of tuna"

LOVE it! I suppose you don't think they pay other nations to import those harvests? It's like when people here suggested other nations give up blue fin tuna so Japan can have more because it's "tradition" here. And by the way, I notice that those statistics point at FISH, and not specifically tuna. Care to point out the specs on tuna, Ossan? I'm going to guess you won't, especially since even just lumping all fish together, as you have chosen to point out, you fail to take into account that despite only consuming 1/3 of what China does, Japan has... what... one tenth of the population? So, Japan only consumers triple the amount? My math is pretty bad.

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Just look at how small the maguro/tuna are in that photo. Over the years, I have witness the decreasing size. In the 90s, there were rows and rows of enormous, longer a man is tall, tuna. Long live the tuna, whales, dolphins...the oceans need them much more than we do.

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Pukey2Today  12:24 pm JST

Japan's tuna market, the world's largest

Didn't somebody here, the other day, say that China was fishing the whole ocean single-handedly?

Japan is the largest consumer of tuna. Japan is not the largest harvester of tuna

Total Annual Fisheries Harvest Volume

1 China 76.15 billion kilograms

2 Indonesia 20.88 billion kilograms

3 India 9.60 billion kilograms

4 Vietnam 6.33 billion kilograms

5 United States 5.41 billion kilograms

6 Myanmar 5.05 billion kilograms

7 Japan 4.77 billion kilograms

8 Philippines 4.69 billion kilograms

9 Russia 4.40 billion kilograms

10 Chile 3.82 billion kilograms

https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/leading-countries-in-fishing-and-aquaculture-output.html

Countries Consuming the Most Fish (2018)

China - 2,035,262.17 tons.

Myanmar - 1,501,415.06 tons.

Vietnam - 1,148,447.43 tons.

Japan - 730,783.86 tons.

https://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Environment/Marine-fish-catch

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I'm sorry but I do not care one bit how hard this industry has been hit. Not one bit. Nor will I have any sympathy when they cry about how the first tuna sold for only a few million dollars, or old men crying about how their portion of tuna is smaller and the world should sacrifice more of it for them. I've given up thinking this will give them a chance to reform and cut back on the overfishing. They won't. They'll just get subsidies that the nation can't afford to give.

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@vanity

After retirement, I do not go to sushi shops and eel restaurants to save money and I came to think it is not hygienic they make sushi with their bare hands

I am not a specialist but this sounds like a great example of confirmation bias.

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I Agree with many others, maybe this will allow the Tuna population worldwide to began recovery. Oceanographic scientific say the entire Tina population is on the verge of becoming an endangered species due to Commercial fishing & the high demands for them. A 400lb Tuna in the US brought to market in the U.S. can net the Commercial fisherman AS MUCH AS $5000.00 USD.

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Japan's tuna market, the world's largest

Didn't somebody here, the other day, say that China was fishing the whole ocean single-handedly?

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One thing getting a break as a result of the virus appears to be the natural environment.  would be good if this lead to less tuna being caught.

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goldnugget - Actually this is a blessing in disguise. Maybe they will stop fishing everything out of the sea for awhile and let nature replenish herself.

Unfortunately, it is more likely they will do the opposite and increase catches to make up the shortfall.

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I will increase my tuna diet asap! long live Tuna Fish!

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I quit eating tuna or shashimi....etc raw fishes, I hope my children can see these maritime animals with their children in the future!

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While some customers buy the boxes as gifts for elderly family members, others are put off by the lengthy process of defrosting tuna, which involves leaving the fish in the fridge for several hours.

It seems that this is a challenging problem and if a solution is found then the market might see a commensurate rise in demand-thinking caps on!

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I am so glad this has happened...Our oceans are dying and I don't care if people cannot eat out or have glamour weddings...

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All INFLATED retail prices in Japan are dropping to a NORMAL level due to COVID-19,

No more rip off's and NO more price rigging as usual.

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Not just good news for tuna, but also dolphins and small whales

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They should use this opportunity to let the tuna population replenish!

They also should start looking into adapting their business model, if they haven't done so already.... no one knows how long this pandemic will last and it's all about business adaptability in the age of change.

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Charlie the tuna, is happy.

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Japan sadly wont be happy until tuna are extinct........ I stopped eating tuna about 15yrs ago & same for eel about 8yrs ago. Once I realised stocks were in serious trouble it seemed the right way to go. I am not anal about, if out with people & they order something & tuna is part of that I dont eat it, if anyone asks I will explain & let it go, but I wont order either of these myself.

Sadly most Japanese dont understand what conservation is

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Actually this is a blessing in disguise. Maybe they will stop fishing everything out of the sea for awhile and let nature replenish herself.

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I do not care. After retirement, I do not go to sushi shops and eel restaurants to save money and I came to think it is not hygienic they make sushi with their bare hands

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Perhaps they should reduce the quota to give the fish populations a chance to bounce back while the pandemic is causing reduced sales. Sadly, comments like this will be taken as sarcasm.

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For the sake of tuna. ha ha.

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Corona takes human life, but gives back life to the oceans. I'll take a sushi break for the sake of tuna.

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Methinks Japanese women should learn to cook. And their men, too. This is not a sexist comment. I'm a male, single for 25 years and raised a daughter by myself. Actually, it must be a slow news day.

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Is defrosting tuna that difficult? Lol

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Good news for the overfished tuna!

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Lucky fish!

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I hope all sushi restaurants are closing at 10PM...

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*While some customers buy the boxes as gifts for elderly family members, *others are put off by the lengthy process of defrosting tuna, which involves leaving the fish in the fridge for several hours.

LOL!

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Maybe they could stop harvesting the tuna and give them a chance to bring their population back.

would that be inkeeping with tradition though?

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Then again, this should be great news from the tuna's point of view.

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Maybe they could stop harvesting the tuna and give them a chance to bring their population back.

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