Okinawa mozuku seaweed featured by US CNN online webcast

Okinawa mozuku seaweed featured by US CNN online webcast

Itosan CEO Tadashi Oshiro answers in a interview by CNN reporters


April 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of reporters from an online webcast from US CNN television, Great Big Story, visited a seafood processing company called Itosan in Itoman City on April 24 and 25 to hear from CEO Tadashi Oshiro about mozuku harvesting and his passion for the product. This is the first time for the program to cover an Okinawan individual. The program reported on Mozuku because it is a rare industry not seen outside of Okinawa. The program will be posted on Facebook as early as May.

The program covers overlooked jobs that work with the natural environment around the world. The facebook page has been liked by four million users and watched throughout the world.

CEO Oshiro talked about carrying on the tradition of the industry, “I am here today because of my father who I learned a lot from. I have to pass down what I have learnt to my son and the next generations.”

Asked about the importance of being connected to nature, Oshiro emphasized the need to appreciate surrounding nature.

“Humans can be selfish if we lose our sense of empathy for the natural environment. I think that taking our nature for granted and not appreciating it can lead us towards wars.”

The reporters filmed mozuku harvesting and underwater footage on April 24 using drones. On the next day CEO Oshiro introduced some mozuku dishes. He introduced menus including yushi dofu mozuku soup, which he learned from his grandparents, mozuku salad, and mozuku hamburger patty.

Photograph: Itosan CEO Tadashi Oshiro answers in a interview by CNN reporters

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)

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