Ms Aspaker took great pleasure in attending the Global Sushi Challenge, where top sushi chefs from 14 countries competed in the first-ever unofficial World Championship in sushi-making. Norwegian salmon was a prime ingredient in the competition where Japanese chef, Jun Jibiki, became the first Grand Champion.
The Norwegian Minister also paid a visit to the Tohoku region, which was severely hit by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Ms Aspaker personally got to see an excellent example of innovative rebuilding in Minami-Sanriku, where Norwegian technology has made it possible to remove undernourished sea urchins from the sea, and farm splendid, gonade-full sea urchins in the matter of months. The project owner hopes this form of Uninomics will become commercially viable, and that the technology can be used also elsewhere in the world.
Ms Aspaker had talks with her Japanese counterpart, H.E. Mr Hiroshi Moriyama, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, where they among other topics touched upon cooperation in whaling issues. In Sendai, Ms Aspaker paid a courtesy call at Mayor Ms Emiko Okuyama.
The Minister also got to experience the fantastic Tsukiji fish market and the world-famous tuna auction during her visit to Japan from November 25 to 28. Ms Aspaker was also happy to visit the state-of-the-art Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute of Tokyo University to get a briefing on their atmospheric and climate research, as well as their cooperation with the University of Bergen in Norway.