Japanese eat more fish despite Fukushima radioactive wastewater

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Published Nov 4, 2023

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Despite concerns about the release of treated radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, the fishing industry in Japan has actually seen an increase in support from consumers across the country. The demand for fish from the region has helped boost the fragile industry and mitigate the impact of China's ban on Japanese seafood. There are still concerns about the future of the water release, but so far, customers have shown trust in the safety of the fish.
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When the Fukushima nuclear plant began discharging treated radioactive wastewater into the Sea of Japan, local fishing communities feared the worst, but customer support did not prevent the industry from collapsing. However, instead of a commercial calamity, consumers across the country have supported the region by eating more fish. In addition to boosting a fragile industry, demand has helped mitigate the impact of China's ban on Japanese seafood, although there are concerns about the future of the water release. "So far, I haven't heard anyone raise safety concerns about the release of treated water. I would say zero," said Kazuto Harada, who works at the Marufuto fish shop near Onahama port in Fukushima, as he stood next to to a tank of lobsters caught nearby. "I'm half surprised and half relieved." Customers across the country are placing orders, with many asking for "Joban-mono," or fish from the waters of Fukushima and its southern neighbor, Ibaraki. That includes regional ...
Source: Milenio
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