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A sea change in Pacific fish wars

Japan losing out in rich fisheries to China, North Korea, Taiwan, US

A wholesaler sorts Pacific saury at the Ofunato fish market in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- In ominous times, the world is already at war over fish, and seafood-loving Japan finds itself pitted against fish-hungry nations and regions like China, North Korea, Taiwan, and the U.S.

Japan has been losing out to the competition lately, and finds it increasingly difficult to ensure steady supplies to homes and restaurants. Even inexpensive species used for general consumption, such as mackerel and squid, have become less affordable.

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