Feb 12, 2016

Four-nation eel talks on ice because of Chinese objections

Negotiations among Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan on resource management of the Japanese eel, which is in danger of extinction, have been suspended since June, Jiji Press has learned. This is because China has been reluctant to accept a proposal to establish a ...

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 ...

Jun 17, 2014

Saving the Japanese eel

The international designation of the Japanese eel as a species at risk of extinction underscores the need for more controlled and responsible fishing and consumption to preserve one of this nation's long-cherished food cultures.