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Seafood for Japanese
The volume of seafood which Japanese eat is decreasing year by year. According to Japanese government office, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, in 2001, it was more than 40 kg per person per year. However, in 2019, it became 24.4 kg per person per year.
In the past, Japanese ate seafood more than meat. However in 2010’s, position was reversed. Although currently consumption is less than the meat, Japanese eat various seafood.
Salmon / 2,579g per person per year
Salmon is the most popular fish in Japan. The amount of consumption is 2,579 g per person per year, in average of 2016-18. Self-sufficiency ratio is around 50 %. Remaining half is imported from Chile, Norway, Russia, etc.
Compare with 1980’s, consumption of salmon is increasing 10 times. There are various Japanese cuisine with salmon.
- ’Shio-Jake’ = salted salmon
- ’Syake-Musubi’ = Rice ball with salmon
- ’Ishikari nabe’ = Miso hot pot with salmon
Tuna / 2,104g per person per year
Tuna is the 2nd popular fish in Japan. The amount of consumption is 2,104 g per person per year, in average of 2016-18. Self-sufficiency ratio is around 45 %. Remaining is imported from Taiwan, China, Indonesia, etc.
As Tuna is limited resources, Japanese try to aquaculture of tuna, to keep food culture. There are various Japanese cuisine of tuna.
- ‘Zuke Maguro’ = pickled tuna
- ’Tekka don’ = bowl of rice with tuna
Yellowtail / 1,775g per person per year
Yellowtail is the 3rd popular fish in Japan. The amount of consumption is 1,775 g per person per year, in average of 2016-18. Self-sufficiency ratio is almost 100 %. Some of yellowtail is exported to U.S.A, Canada, etc.
Japanese already succeeded aquaculture of yellowtail. So supply is basically stable. There are various cuisine of yellowtail in Japan.
- ’Buri Teriyaki’ = grilled yellowtail with soy sauce
- ’Buri Daikon’ = Yellowtail and Daikon radish boiled with soy sauce
Shrimp / 1,359g per person per year
Shrimp is the 4th popular seafood in Japan. The amount of consumption is 1,359 g per person per year, in average of 2016-18. Self-sufficiency ratio is only 5 %. Shrimp is imported from India, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc.
In the past, Japan was the country with largest consumption of shrimp. Japanese really like this seafood. There are various cuisine with shrimp in Japan.
- ‘Ebi Fri’ = Fried shrimp
- ‘Ebi Tempura’
- ‘Ebi Chili’ = Shrimp with chili sauce
Squid / 1,319g per person per year
Squid is the 5th popular seafood in Japan. The amount of consumption is 1,319 g per person per year, in average of 2016-18. Self-sufficiency ratio is around 70 %. Remaining are imported from Thailand, China, Vietnam, Peru, etc.
In the past, squid was the seafood with largest consumption in Japan. So there are various cuisine of squid in Japan.
- ’Ika Tempura’
- ‘Ika Meshi’ = Rice in squid
- ‘Surume’ = Dried squid
In the end, I would like to summarize the points of this article.
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Fish is very popular food in Japan. Especially, Sushi is special for Japanese. I also really like fish, especially yellowtail. My sons really like salmon. If you have a opportunity to come to Japan, please try to have fish cuisine in Japan.
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