Efforts to change the business

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March 1977

The whaling division was abolished.

March 1977
The American 200-nautical-mile zone was established, as was the Soviet Union's 200-nautical-mile exclusive fishing zone.
May 1978

The Nojima Maru fleet, salmon and trout factory ship canning production was suspended.

The Nojima Maru fleet

October 1978

EMDEPES founded in Santiago, Chile, as a fishery base.

February 1981

Technology for condensing EPA was developed.

December 1980
The United States enacted American Fisheries Promotion Act (Breaux Amendment [I]).
April 1981

PESPASA founded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a fishery base.

May 1981

The 70th anniversary of the company's establishment.

"A History of Seventy Years of Nippon Suisan Kaisha.Ltd."

June 1981

The trawler Kongo Maru conducted the first Japan-U.S. offshore purchasing.

Kongo Maru

April 1982

The "Seafood NOW" advertising campaign began.

February 1982
MITI put restrictions against large-scale retail stores in place.
October 1982
Revisions to the Commercial Code went into effect. (Establishment of the "Share Unit System" and other amendments)
November 1982

The awards ceremony for the first "Umi & Sakana" (ocean and fish) and independent research and artwork contest was held.

January 1983
Chiba University's School of Medicine succeeded in extracting eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from sardine oil.
January 1984
Negotiations between Japan and the U.S. took place for agricultural products, and the markets for beef and oranges were liberalized.
August 1985

UniSea of the U.S. became a wholly-owned Nippon Suisan Group company.

June 1986

Mineshima Maru left for the final expedition under the U.S.'s Pacific Ocean quota.

April 1986
Finet, Inc. was established as a VAN operating company for the food products industry.
December 1986

"Uo Shiryo" (three volumes) was published in commemoration of the company's 75th anniversary of establishment.

March 1987

Applied for approval to manufacture "EPA-E Nissui" together with Mochida Pharmaceutical.

June 1987

Began production of cultured fish feed for salmon at the Onagawa Fish Feed and Oil Plant.

September 1987

Sales of the household frozen food product "Cook For Me Champon" began.

April 1988

Approval of Mother ship-type salmon/trout expeditions ended.

January 1988
U.S. fishing quota for foreign vessels in the North Pacific Ocean abolished (virtually ending fishing in this area).
October 1988

Facilities for the production of frozen noodles and rice dishes were added to the Hachioji General Plant.

December 1988

NISSUI acquired Salmones Antartica S.A., a salmon and trout aquaculture company in Chile.

Nippon Suisan (Europe) B.V. was established in the Netherlands.

April 1989
The Consumption Tax Act was enacted (3% tax rate).
September 1989

Sales of the household frozen food product "Cook For Me Yaki Onigiri" began.

February 1990

Nippon Suisan America Latina S.A. (N.A.L.) was established in Chile.

March 1990

"NISSUI obtained approval to make ""EPA-E NISSUI,"" a drug substance."

April 1990

Tsukuba Plant was established

August 1990

Jointly developed EPA drug "Epadel" with Mochida Pharmaceutical.

September 1990

UniSea's GLS Plant No. 2(surimi plant) completed.

November 1990

Presented a plan to the All Japan Seamen's Union for downsizing the fishing business.

October 1990
German reunification.
December 1990
Motor Truck Transportation Business Act and Consigned Freight Forwarding Business Act enacted.
April 1991

"Seafood Sausage" went on sale.

June 1991

No dividend payment for the 76th year (ended in March 1991) resolved (first since the year ended in March 1951).

October 1991
Act on the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources (Recycling Act) enacted.
December 1993

The Central Research Laboratory's Oita Marine Biological Technology Center was completed.

January 1994
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea came into effect.
April 1995
Food Sanitation Act revised, mandatory labeling of quality assurance/expiration dates.

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A History of One Hundred Years of Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd

This work explores the transitions Nissui has undergone since it was founded and, incorporating the objective views of outside experts on the course of Japan's society and its fisheries industry, endeavors to be an authentic guide not only to the history of Nissui but also to that of the fisheries industry. Please take this opportunity to acquaint yourself with the achievements of Nissui, which started out with just one vessel, over the past one hundred years.