Fukushima rice exports to resume

Under careful scrutiny rice is once more being exported from Fukushima to Singapore according to this report in the Wall Street Journal. Presumably the rice is being checked very carefully for evidence of radiation, and no significant radiation has been found. However would you want to buy rice that was marketed as having come from Fukushima?

Japan Safety : Nuclear Energy Updates

” The National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations said it would resume exports of rice produced in Fukushima prefecture for the first time since the nuclear crisis in 2011.

About 300 kilograms of rice harvested at Sukagawa city, in the central part of the prefecture, will be shipped to Singapore. They will be sold in five-kilogram bags at a local Japanese supermarket beginning this Friday, the organization said.

“We will check the rice thoroughly in Fukushima before shipping it overseas, and then the bags will undergo another check in Singapore,” a spokesman for the federation, known as Zen-noh, told Japan Real Time.

Approximately 100 tons of rice from Fukushima had been exported per year before the prefecture was hit with the nuclear accident following the March 11, 2011, earthquake.

Export of fruit produced in Fukushima, including apples, resumed earlier, and the federation had been negotiating with multiple countries to allow…

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2 thoughts on “Fukushima rice exports to resume

  1. Schuyler Gould

    It’s unfair to insinuate that any foodstuffs are unsafe simply because they are from Fukushima. The fact of the matter is what is important, and if the rice is shown by a trustworthy, independent third party to be safe, then it should be allowed to be sold. I would buy it(again, if I trusted the source of the approval process, and perhaps as well my own personal geiger counter) as a demonstration of solidarity with the most immediate victims of TEPCO’s ongoing crime. The citizens, and the farmers in particular here, of Fukushima should not be judged based on circumstances beyond their control, nor deprived of the opportunity to earn a livelihood based upon unfounded prejudice.

    1. andrewblarkin Post author

      I agree, I would bring my own personal Geiger counter. I agree the farmers have been hurt by the corporations. I also agree that the thought of purchasing rice from who should is much more complicated than it was previously. It is often the little person that gets hurt.


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