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Should Fukushima food be served at the Olympics? via the Japan Times

BY KARYN NISHIMURA FUKUSHIMA – For years, the government has sought to convince consumers that food from Fukushima is safe despite the nuclear disaster. But will it serve the prefecture’s produce at the Tokyo Olympics? It’s a thorny subject for the authorities. … Continue reading

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Evacuated Fukushima town begins efforts to have produce restrictions lifted via The Mainichi

FUTABA, Fukushima — Vegetable cultivation trials began in September in this town, which has been completely evacuated since Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station melted down following the earthquakes and tsunami in March 2011. … Continue reading

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The harvests of Chernobyl via Aeon

By Kate Brown You can’t miss the berry-pickers in the remote forests of northern Ukraine, a region known as Polesia. They ride along on bicycles or pile out of cargo vans. They are young, mostly women and children, lean and … Continue reading

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Japanese government to send staff to disaster-hit Fukushima towns to help restart farming production via Japan Times

The agriculture ministry said Tuesday it will send officials to 12 municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture that were hit by the 2011 nuclear disaster to help farmers there resume agricultural production. From April 2020, one official will be stationed in each … Continue reading

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South Korea concerned over food safety at Olympics with events slated for Fukushima via The Guardian

South Korea is considering making its own arrangements to feed its athletes at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, citing concerns over the safety of food from Fukushima, media reports said. In addition, South Korean sports authorities have requested that international groups be … Continue reading

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South Korea express concern about food from Fukushima as Tokyo 2020 Chef de Mission Seminar begins via Insidethegames.biz

By Dan Palmer The Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KSOC) has written to Tokyo 2020 organisers to express concern about food from Fukushima being served at the Games. […] Baseball and softball matches will be staged there and Fukushima prefecture will … Continue reading

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EU plans to ease restrictions on food from Fukushima area via Japan Today

TOKYO The European Union has told Japan that it plans to relax its restrictions on some food products from areas affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese officials said Thusday. EU leaders Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Junker conveyed the … Continue reading

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Government publications play down radiation risks via Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center

By Kataoka Ryohei The Reconstruction Agency’s ‘Truth about Radiation’ The Reconstruction Agency compiled a 30-page, A5-sized booklet titled Hoshasen no Honto (Truth about Radiation), which it published and began distributing in March 2018. As of November 2018, 22,000 copies had been distributed … Continue reading

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Japan to tighten checks on South Korean fishery products in apparent Fukushima ban tit-for-tat via The Japan Times

The health ministry said Thursday that it will strengthen inspections on flatfish and some other fishery products from South Korea starting Saturday. The ministry characterized the measure as an effort to safeguard the health of Japanese people ahead of summer, … Continue reading

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Eyewitness account: the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster via BBC Histories Magazine

On 26 April 1986, an experiment on the cooling pump system at Chernobyl power station, in the then-Soviet city of Pripyat, Ukraine, went badly wrong. The nuclear reactor exploded, causing a fire that raged for nine days and emitting large … Continue reading

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