Dear International Fugu Association members,
In Japan, as the number of coronavirus outbreaks declined,
the economic activity is gradually recovering after the emergency declaration was lifted.
However, due to the fear of secondary infection,
it seems that it will take some time to completely recover.
The International Fugu Association holds conferences by SKYPE or ZOOM to revise the plan for the new year.
The number of WEB meetings and virtual drinking parties has increased under the pandemic.
It is good that we can easily talk with people overseas as well.
If further improved translation software is available,
you can connect with people all over the world without going through an interpreter.
① The academic event￥ at the Nagasaki University slated for September 3 was canceled.And my presentation planned was also canceled accordingly.
I would like to do my best at another opportunity.
② The International Seafood Show Tokyo from September 30 to October 2 will be held as scheduled.
During the event, we plan to hold a lively event related to Fugu in Japan and overseas.
Please look forward to it.
③ We have uploaded our newsletter to the website of the International Fugu Association.
You are now able to view past articles as an archive.
④ We will also send information related to blowfish on SNS.
I wrote stories for Instagram and other SNS for the first time.
We will update these regularly as well, so please check them out.
⑤ This is a report from Chairman Kamei of the National Fugu Federation.
At the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives (TV broadcast of the Diet) on May 22,
Keiji Kokuta of the Japanese Communist Party asked about the Fugu license, and the Ministry of Health,
Labor and Welfare answered.
（Broadcast from 2 hours 22 minutes to 2 hours 40 minutes）
In order to promote a review to ensure consistency with the certification criteria for Fugu processors set by each prefecture,
the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced on May 1 a guideline to ensure consistency with the MHLW Fugu certification criteria for processors.
I share the information with you with the link below.
⑥ Finally, this is a private matter, but I will leave the management of the Fugu processing plant to my father,
brother, and sister from June
I decided to concentrate on the activities of the International Fugu Association.
Now that I have more time, I would like to challenge many more things.
This year's goal of the International Fugu Association is to lift the ban on imports of edible parts of Fugu in Singapore.
It will be followed then to Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, the United States, and the EU.
I am determined to promote exports of Japanese Fugu to the world without losing to COVID-19.
That's it for this newsletter.