Dear International Fugu Association members,
The adverse effects of coronavirus are spreading worldwide.
In Japan, Prime Minister Abe requested to cancel significant events, and the schools closed.
Restaurants have been suffering from cancellations of farewell and welcome parties, and are in trouble.
I cannot stop hoping to return to normal quickly.
With no bright topics, the Seafood Show Osaka was held on February 19-20.
Thirteen thousand visitors are about 85% of last year, but it is miraculous in the current environment.
１．We hosted a seminar on the International Fugu Association.
１）First of all, a live commentary!! Professor Nagashima of Niigata Food and Agriculture University gave a detailed explanation of the talks and questions at the last year's fugu study session with the Singaporean government at the Fugu study session with the Singapore Food Agency SFA.
I felt good again that I invited Dr. Nagashima to Singapore.
２）Next, Mr. Kamei, chairman of the National Fugu Federation, gave a lecture on the current status of the blowfish licensing, the current state of the unification of blowfish licensing, and future national qualifications.
I listened attentively to the talk of Chairman Kamei with his Kansai (western Japan) style talking.
3）Finally, I explained about the Fugu promotion to Singapore.
We are considering co-sponsoring with Fugu Summit on the next September 30 at Seafood Show Tokyo.
２．There was a request from British Reuters for coverage.
Although it is full-text English, I hope it will be an excellent appeal to the world.
That's it for this newsletter.