Jul 20, 2016

Japan's eel imports peak ahead of Day of Ox

Japan’s imports of eels are peaking ahead of the July 30 Day of the Ox, when many people in the country enjoy grilled eel in the belief the dish helps them cope with the summer heat. According to a Narita, Chiba Prefecture-based eel trading ...

Aeon to sell catfish that tastes like eel

Jul 11, 2016

Aeon to sell catfish that tastes like eel

Retail giant Aeon Co. will start selling catfish that tastes like eel later this month, according to informed sources. The catfish, developed by Kinki University as a substitute for Japanese eel, will be sold after it has been grilled. The move will come ahead ...

Kinki University farms catfish that taste like eel

Oct 15, 2015

Kinki University farms catfish that taste like eel

Kinki University, the world’s first to have achieved full-cycle aquaculture of bluefin tuna, has embarked on another mission: the sale of newly developed catfish that taste like eel, which are endangered and prized as a delicacy in Japan. The university recently held events to ...

Eel imports peak as Day of the Ox arrives

Jul 23, 2015

Eel imports peak as Day of the Ox arrives

Imports of eels are peaking ahead of Friday’s midsummer Day of the Ox, when many Japanese partake in grilled eel, a nutritious dish that is popularly believed to help stave off summer fatigue. Trading company Marukatsu, which specializes in eel and is located near ...

China to run out of exports of endangered European eel by early next year

Jul 28, 2014

China to run out of exports of endangered European eel by early next year

China will stop exporting the internationally protected European eel to Japan by the end of next January, industry sources said Monday. The Chinese government’s office for wildlife protection has notified Japanese industry officials that the stock for re-exported, French-origin eels protected by an international ...

Jul 27, 2014

Eel demand robust despite higher prices

Demand for grilled eel has been robust toward the midsummer Day of the Ox despite lingering high prices. The Day of the Ox, which falls on Tuesday this year, is thought to be the hottest day of the year. Japanese traditionally eat grilled eel ...