This handout photograph taken on July 27, 2018 and released by the Foreign Press Center Japan (FPCJ) shows Onahama Port employees preparing seafood for radiation tests in Iwaki. (AFP / Foreign Press Center Japan Tomonaga Yamaguchi)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Made in Fukushima: Japan farmers struggle to win trustThe pumpkin is diced, the chicken carved and the eggs beaten into an omelette, but the people preparing the food are not chefs -- they are scientists testing produce from Japan's Fukushima region.Seven years after the March 2011 nuclear disaster caused by a devastating tsunami, rigorous testing shows no radioactive threat from Fukushima's produce, officials and experts say.The Fukushima disaster devastated a previously flourishing local agricultural sector.The tsunami destroyed ports across the region and demand is low despite an even stricter testing standard of 50Bq/kg for Fukushima's seafood.At the international level, there has been some progress: 27 countries of the 54 that imposed restrictions on food from Fukushima after 2011 have now lifted those bans.The perception problem persists domestically too, with surveys showing some Japanese consumers still avoid Fukushima produce.On a farm in Fukushima where peaches hang ready to be picked, 14th generation farmer Chusaku Anzai said he was resigned to the situation.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE