Dear International Fugu Association members,
In Japan, the number of outbreaks of coronavirus continues to be alarming.
Meanwhile, GOOD NEWS arrived.It seems that Japan and Singapore have reached an agreement ahead of the world by limiting their business purposes and aiming to resume traffic.I'm pleased that I will work with a limited range of activities by the end of September.Waiting for details to be determined
We have decided Singapore as the first overseas promotion of the International Fugu Association for the current term, so we would like to visit the site as soon as possible to arrange details.
① It's almost one month before the event.
From September 30th to October 2nd, the International Seafood Show Tokyo is ready as planned.
At the venue, thorough measures will be employed to prevent new coronavirus infections.
The venue will have four halls, which is more expansive than last year. It provides the layout to avoid 3Cs (Closed spaces, Crowded places, and Close-contact) and full ventilation inside the venue to protect visitors, exhibitors, and show staff.
This year, the show organizer will offer the "Exhibitor Agent Service," in which the secretariat acts on behalf of the preparation and booth management. Also available is the "Web Exhibition Service" for exhibiting on the official seafood show website.
The show secretariat is taking on new challenges to supporting exhibitors who cannot come to the venue due to the new coronavirus.
We reported last time about the subsidy program for the new product development offered by the Fisheries Agency. More than five Fugu companies applied for the seafood show taking advantage of the program.
Once the plan is complete, the seafood show will open the "Fugu Street."
Although this is my first attempt, I am eager to see each company's new Fugu products under the theme of "Fugu in the age of coronavirus."
Besides, this time we were granted special permission to cook Fugu and prepare sashimi at the venue!!!
I want to thank everyone in the government for their cooperation in this challenging occasion.
Preparations are progressing steadily, so I am looking forward to it.
② Questionnaire on Fugu export
We have received a lot of answers from the questionnaire for the Fugu export we announced last time.I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart.
The media is also paying attention to our activities.
The Fugu restaurant association is also working hard, so the number will increase further in September.We want to add up as soon as possible.
③Summer holiday homework! ? I wrote the following two columns.
・Aquaculture Business October issue, Midori Shobo
"Post-coronavirus impacts and countermeasures for farmed tiger puffers"
It was a challenging theme with coronavirus's uncertain future. Still, I have made a profound proposal on measures (changes) in terms of production, sales, culture, etc. considering the market conditions before and after the impact of COVID 19 and the anxiety of the Fugu industry. We have made a profound proposal.
・Fugu's science (provisional title) Dr. Harumi Sakai, National Fisheries University
"About blowfish HACCP"
Content is a little different from what I gave at the previous West Japan Fuku Study Group. I summarized the background and advantages of acquiring Fugu HACCP, and issues for Fugu exports.
Many professors and people related to Fugu contributed to writing this book, so I wanted to cooperate with it as much as possible.I am looking forward to the final copy.
④ Decision on the second overseas Fugu promotion
The Japan Aquatic Products Export Council officially decided "Malaysia" as the second overseas Fugu promotion of the International Fugu Association this fiscal year!
Malaysia is the only Japanese Fugu free-trade country in the world.
Since you can export all the processed Fugu products allowed in Japan, it is possible to propose menus in variety.
You cannot travel to Malaysia yet, but, meanwhile, I will focus on the location, scale, time, and details.
Like the previous Singapore event, we are also looking for exhibitors from Japan. We want to hire a local restaurant in around January to organize the promotion of Japanese Fugu.We will report to you promptly on the development of this plan.
We thank you for your continued support.
That's it for this newsletter.