Japanese Buy Products from the Fukushima Area to Support Fishermen

Fish gathered in the waters around the Fukushima nuclear power plant is being sold to customers from all around Japan. The power facility began discharging treated and depleted radioactive water into the ocean from holding tanks in August. Following an earthquake in 2011, the power complex saw a few equipment meltdowns as massive waves inundated the area. The Tokyo Electric Power Company’s proposal to close the plant includes the release of water. The water is safe, according to the Japanese government, and it will be regularly monitored. But certain countries that used to buy a lot of Japanese seafood are no longer doing so. China has outlawed Japanese seafood. The areas of Macau and Hong Kong did the same. In mid-October, Russia also declared restrictions on seafood from Japan. Many residents in South Korea are worried that nearby fish would be harmed by the radioactive water. Fish is no longer frequently purchased in South Korean marketplaces.

However, by purchasing fish and seafood, individuals in Japan are making an effort to support the fishing industry. One seafood vendor in Fukushima near the Onahama Port expressed his feelings as “half surprised, half relieved.” Kazuto Harada, the proprietor, kept live lobsters in a tank that he sold when they were caught in nearby waters. He claimed not to have heard any worries regarding the water release.The executive of Foodison, the company that operates the Sakana Bacca chain of seafood outlets, is Futoshi Kinoshita. He stated that routine testing of fishing grounds is crucial. However, he asserted that what matters most is that as people observe friends and family consume fish, they begin to trust seafood. Kinoshita expressed his hope that the circle of confidence would grow.

Chef Yoshinori Tanaka is among them. The name of his restaurant in Kyoto is Toriyone. According to him, local fish is essential for making Japanese cuisine. He asked the administration to keep being concerned about the safety of the water. According to him, witnessing people appreciate the Fukushima fish that is served on menus might also allay “safety concerns that some people have.” Businesses in the fish industry are pleased with the support thus far. Experts caution that these programs won’t survive indefinitely, though. They recommend long-term initiatives to maintain fishing operations as well as steps to prevent any mishaps involving the release of water. The Japanese plan to release the water was approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency. According to the group, the water discharge is proceeding smoothly thus far, and there would be minimal impact of the plan on fish and the ecosystem. Last week was the most recent water release. Fish prices have not increased significantly thus far, if at all. One fisheries official is still on guard, though.

 

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