Japan’s Prime Minister Eats Radioactive Fish From Fukushima Waters

Economic and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told the press that in order to inform people both at home and abroad about the food’s safety, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ate radioactive fish from Fukushima waters.

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Fumio Kishida, the prime minister of Japan, ate fish from the waters off Fukushima with three other members of his cabinet. He carried out this act about a month earlier to allay people’s fears about the food’s safety.

Economic and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told the press, “It is important to show safety based on scientific evidence and resolutely disseminate (the information) in and outside of Japan.”

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Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (C) tastes seafood caught off the coast of Joban during his inspection of the Toyosu Market in Koto Ward, Tokyo, on August 31, 2023.   (Japan Pool/JIJI Press/AFP via Getty Images)

The action was taken in response to Japan’s release of radioactive wastewater that had been processed but still reportedly included tritium but no other radioactive materials.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (C) inspects a store of an intermediate wholesaler handling marine products caught off the coast of Joban at the Toyosu Market in Koto Ward, Tokyo, on Aug. 31, 2023. (Japan Pool/JIJI Press/AFP via Getty Images)

In order to “inform people both at home and abroad” about the food’s safety, Kishida and the tree ministers convened a lunch meeting where they consumed flounder, octopus, and sea bass sashimi along with rice cultivated from Fukushima.

Nishimura oversaw and consulted with experts on the plan to release the wastewater into the nearby sea. He stressed that the lunch displayed a “strong commitment to take the leadership in tackling reputational damage while standing by the feeling of the fisheries community in Fukushima.”

Officials plan to visit markets around the region over the coming week to help promote the safety of consuming the fish caught near Fukushima and restore confidence. Kishida on Thursday ate octopus caught by a Fukushima fishmonger who was selling in Tokyo as reporters watched.  –Fox News

After the Fukushima nuclear power plant notably malfunctioned in 2011, an earthquake and tsunami caused the emergency backup power generators to fail, resulting in three nuclear meltdowns, over 18,000 people perished and 160,000 more evacuated their homes.

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South Korean protesters participate in a rally against the Japanese government’s decision to release treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, on August 24, 2023, in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

The factory has kept 1.34 million tons of water in 1,000 tanks since the tragedy, which was later treated and released to make room for more facilities.

Concerns about the waste’s effects and the possibility that its discharge could make it more challenging for fishermen to sell their seafood in other markets have been raised by campaigners and fishermen in the wake of the release.

Dr. Haider said, adding that the ‘Hidden Harms’ of bioengineered foods include the potential for the food itself to be toxic, cause allergic reactions, or promote antibiotic resistance.

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  1. What about the high level Japanese official who went to Fukushima and drank the water there, only to die thereafter from cancer?

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