Japan: Thai sushi lovers aid recovery of Fukushima's fishing fleet

Published Jun 12, 2021

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Fish caught off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture has been exported to Thailand, marking a step toward recovery for the northeastern Japanese region still hurting from the 2011 earthquake and nuclear plant meltdowns.

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FUKUSHIMA, Japan -- Organizers of the shipment believe that business conditions have changed since 2018, when restaurants in Bangkok serving fish from Fukushima as part of a promotional fair were forced to stop due to protests from consumer groups. A total of 13 kg of flounder, Japanese sea bass and Japanese red sea perch that landed in Soma on June 2 was flown to Bangkok two days later. The fish was served at a high-end sushi restaurant inside a local department store. "We were able to ship good fish just as usual," said the president of a Soma-based seafood wholesaler that handled the shipment. Eat, and Energize the East, a Tokyo-based group that supports the food industry in Japan's northeast, organized the shipment by working with Japanese companies with seafood distribution and sales networks in Bangkok. The hope is to gradually increase deliveries if local consumers are interested. Waters off the coast of Fukushima are known for a wide variety of fish that are caught there, ...
Source: Nikkei
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