COVID19 Update: Meros is Going Remote!

The safety of our Meros team and health of our Tokyo community is number one as we all work together to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Therefore as of March 30, 2020  Meros has moved primarily to remote work for the time being.

This has not changed how to contact us, so please don’t hesitate to reach out as usual!

Meros is committed as always to working with our global clients and partners to understand how international food and agriculture markets are changing in these uncertain times and how businesses can best adjust to these changes.

In times like these, Meros team’s agility is our strength and we will pivot to fit our clients’ changing needs and expectations. Our network of  research affiliates around the world are online and ready to help assess how conditions are evolving on-the-ground.

We will be using our social media feeds to provide updates on some of the trends on the ground in global food and agriculture industries, especially in Japan. Find us on Twitter and Facebook or email us at inquiries@merosconsulting.com.

We apologize for any disruptions or delays during this challenging period and remain deeply grateful for the people and businesses around the world supporting our common fight against coronavirus spread.

Meros Welcomes Newest Team Member Hiroki Seki

We are excited to introduce our newest Meros member, Hiroki Seki. Hiroki joined us a month ago and is already diving deep into the mysteries of seafood trade and distribution in Asia.

Hiroki has a background in public policy and management and previously worked for Ernst and Young (EY)’s consulting division in Tokyo. His recent work focused on research and advising for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) including strategies to support Japanese female entrepreneurs and improve working environments for foreign and immigrant workers in Japan.

“I came to Meros because I was looking for work environment that was international, where I could contribute my English language abilities and interest in policy. This kind of company is very rare in Tokyo and was a great fit for me, “ Hiroki explained recently.

Hiroki is an avid traveler and always willing to face a new challenge. His recent interest is in edible insects after reporting on the recent Insect Experience Day for Meros. So far he has sampled scorpions, cricket chocolate and waterbug cider and is determined to add to this list in his next travels. We are all looking forward to his next reports from the field.

Hiroki holds a Master of Economics from Hitotsubashi University and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University Australia. A native Japanese speaker and fluent in English.

NHK’s World’s Episode Highlights Agtech in Japan and Kenya

Meros’ Lucia Vancura recently appeared as a panelist on NHK World’s BizBuzz Japan episode on agribusiness, discussing the trends in ag tech, food innovation and the rise of “telephone farming” in Kenya, together with economist Jasper Kohl and NHK host Jon Kabira.

NHK World’s BizBuzz Japan

Topics included innovations and business ideas that can address the rising global demand for food, including Japan’s work on LED lighting for indoor farming, ways to effectively use the increasing acres of fallow land in Japan and how new markets are being sought for food innovations using rice, soy and other grains.

The show aired several times in August 2016.