Wednesday, November 9, 2011

#Radiation Outside Japan: (Rumor) Ministry of Foreign Affairs Planning to Use Fukushima Produce on Emperor's Birthday Banquets

From a tweet by an independent journalist who seems to be residing outside Japan:

日本の外務省が各国の大使館等で12月行われる天皇誕生日レセプションに、福島の食材でもてなすという企画をしているらしい。IAEAのトップが外務省のOBならそれも頷ける。外国では一般人レベルで既に日本レストランから足が遠ざかっているのに。

It seems Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is planning to use produce from Fukushima in the receptions to be held in Japan's embassies around the world for the emperor's birthday in December. That's understandable, considering the IAEA chief is a former bureaucrat of the Ministry. But foreigners are avoiding Japanese restaurants. What are they thinking?

As to the question of how the Ministry plans to bring in Fukushima produce to countries that ban the agricultural import from Japan (i.e. EU), he answers:

噂では、外交特権を使って輸入するらしい。

The rumor says they will import [food from Fukushima] using the diplomatic immunity.

In later tweets, he says he personally knows the embassy people in charge, who are ashamed of the Ministry's plan. He is most likely to attend the reception, as he has attended every year, he says, and will report.

Well, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is going to squander 1.1 billion yen inviting foreigners to Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate so that they can tweet "favorably". Serving Fukushima vegetables and meat to dignitaries at Japan's embassies around the world so that foreigners think "favorably" of Japan and Fukushima in particular is just as demented, therefore totally in line with their (lack of) thinking.

The Japanese government has dispatched the imperial family to disaster areas including high-radiation Fukushima City in April and May. They had the crown prince's family spend summer in high-radiation Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture. Now, they may use the emperor's birthday to force foreigners to eat Fukushima food.

Are there any readers here who are regularly invited to the Japanese embassy events? The emperor's birthday is December 23.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

At least the muppets are consistent!!

Anonymous said...

I'm getting the impression that those deciding the policy for radiation consumption have no idea how dangerous it could be. It seems like they're relying on incomplete science to set their regulations. It probably won't be until some of them die from radiation related illness that they'll realize they were wrong.

Aimelle said...

@ anon 2:07 pm
you wrote: "It probably won't be until some of them die from radiation related illness that they'll realize they were wrong."
Not sure!
Do you know the story of Gaston Palewski? He was appointed as Minister of State in charge of Scientific Research, Atomic Energy and Space Questions, the first French minister with specific responsibility for such matters. On 1 May 1962 Palewski witnessed the French underground nuclear test codenamed "Beryl" in Algeria. The test shaft failed to contain the blast and he was exposed to radiation as result of a leak of radioactive lava and dust into the atmosphere. 20 years later he died of leukemia.
But this didn't stop EDF and Areva... There are 59 nuclear reactors in France plus the plant in La Hague for nuclear waste, plus nuclear military facilities...

Anonymous said...

This is beyond insane - it is homicidal behavior...

margot said...

the last week i went to see the japanese dance performance at geneva s ONU - that was no secret, the food offered at the end of the performance was prepared using the japanese rice, etc., including the products from the fukushima prefecture - that what was said by the person who spoke before the performance - i thought i was dreaming - "to act against the baseless rumours" ! - lot of people served themselves with these maki, etc. ... at the heart of ONU geneva, in front of the assembly hall!

Anonymous said...

Are they relying on the fact that guests at foreign embassies will 'only' have to eat radioactive food one time, unlike the people living in contaminated areas of Japan, to make it seem that the food is harmless?

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@margot, my goodness. They've already started doing it...

Mike said...

This seems to me like a rather foolish public relations mistake. It highlights and strengthens the association between the Fukushima accident and Japanese food exports. Perhaps some subversive person in the diplomatic corps has devised this as a way to get the foreign press to report on the contamination problem?

Anonymous said...

Fukushima is a tragedy for Japan and also for those countries which are or will be affected by the spreading contamination. I wonder if the extent of the disaster was realised, admitted and dealt with speedily from the first with international cooperation it would have been better for everyone. The damage would have been limited.
Someone, in a different context, reading this will know what I am saying but will wilfully ignore it.
Such is the curse of being politically correct in today's world.

Anonymous said...

"I'm getting the impression that those deciding the policy for radiation consumption have no idea how dangerous it could be."

It seems to be a little more advanced than that, they don't seem to really care.

"beyond insane - it is homicidal behavior..."

Royal court intrigues for everyone.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm...this is really turning out to be the biggest eugenics operation of all time! Worldwide, everyone connected to this event is, merrily going along as if Fukushima was just a "bad storm" but, the food is fine.

So money and power IS worth endangering your life for...at least for these people....Wow....

Anonymous said...

margot, is this the one you went?
www.dansejaponaise.com/agenda.html

Margot said...

@ Anonymous said...
margot, is this the one you went?
www.dansejaponaise.com/agenda.html

yes, the 3rd of November, the evening entitled "space for peace dedicated to sharing the same Humanity"...

Anonymous said...

@ arevamirpal::laprimavera
Philippe here,
they have started, or simply keep on ! A recent program of the Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris includes courses about green tea. They had them the previous years also, probably. I have no strong clues, but I can't help smelling something like a rat...
http://www.mcjp.fr/francais/ateliers-demonstrations/voyage-au-pays-du-the-vert-298/voyage-au-pays-du-the-vert
("a travel to the land of green tea", demonstration, practice and testing. And rice, and nori, etc... quite subtile support for all kind of Japanese food products.
Jap. Gov. proofed.)

Anonymous said...

i know their a proud people,but if you want to kill yourself, go right on and do it! we know what the radation levels are and no matter how much food you eat won't change it!

DD said...

This is wilful manslaughter. There is nothing else you can say about it that will make it less.

What was that old line about "stupidity always was a capital crime" ?

Atomfritz said...

Is there an invitation needed or can everybody come?

I didn't find anything about this fukushima food feast on the embassy web page.

But I found other interesting news:
Japan visa costs are waived for the next five years if you visit Iwaki, Miyagi or Fukushima prefecture.
See here: http://www.hamburg.emb-japan.go.jp/downloads/designatedareas.pdf

Anonymous said...

Is it not amazing that not one commentator so far has understood the purport of eating Fukushima produce. Might I be permitted to suggest that you people in high places, that could have stopped the maddness of nuclear power, should now be the ones to eat only the contaminated produce.

apeman2502 said...

A good friend of mine in college was from a countryside tribe in Nigeria. He ended up as a talented candy chemist in Seattle. To attain the higher adult status of his tribe, he had to endure circumcision with a dull bone implement without anestheic when he was 18. This ritual makes more sense than the emperor wanting to feed radioactivity to the world in the name of diplomacy. Shoving it down Bush41's throat daily for allowing the Nixon administration's AEC to commission and sign off on Fukushima to self destruct would make a fine video.

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