Symposium on Japan’s Eco-Label
June 16, 2010
The Women's Forum Fish (WFF), represented by Yuriko Shiraishi, and the Group to Appreciate Marine Wealth held a symposium on June 14 under the title of “People Who Want to Keep Eating Fish, Gather Around! Resource Management That Connects Fishery and Dining Table.” It was sponsored by MEL Japan.
Anne McDonald Speaks
Anne McDonald, Chief of Ishikawa/Kanazawa Operation Unit of the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies, was a keynote lecturer and talked about her view of countries all over the world and fishing communities in Japan. She stated, mentioning a female diver as an example, that “culture plays a significant role in resource management.” She appealed for the importance of the conservation of satoumi (an ecosystem involving the sea and adjacent environment), which is one of the topics of the Aichi-Nagoya COP10 Convention on Biological Diversity in October.
June 16, 2010
The convention of the Food System Research Association of Japan took place at Chiba University from June 12-13. In one of the fishery-related individual reports, Takafumi Oishi of Amita Institute for Sustainable Economies Co., Ltd., shared his report titled “Analysis on Consumer Preferences Toward MSC Certified Products: Examples of Kyoto Snow Crab and Red Halibut.” In this report, it was revealed that there are correlations of the various factors, past purchase experience, income, consumer spending pattern, and knowledge in marine products, influencing consumers who choose to purchase MSC-labeled seafood. He asserted that further research, including other types of eco-labels, would be necessary.
Income and Awareness of Stock Management Affect Consumer Purchasing Practices
For analytical data, 200 cases of the questionnaire answered via the Internet by men and women 20 years or older living in Kyoto or Tokyo, were obtained. A survey on consumer awareness and purchasing practices of eco-labeled, including MSC label, products was conducted. 15 percent of those in Kyoto and 8 percent in Tokyo said that they “have bought MSC certified Kyoto snow crab and/or red halibut before.” 80 percent of people in the surveyed cities exhibited a willingness to “purchase certified snow crab and/or red halibut.”