This gotta be the scheme hatched by the Japanese government, to have a sympathetic French chef conduct a workshop in New York.
The Japanese people, like many Asians and for that matter Europeans (and New Yorkers themselves), seem to think everything revolves around New York when it comes to anything American.
Of all things, the workshop was about how to prepare raw fish for sushi...
Anyway, here's NHK World (1/27/2012):
NY chefs learn about Japanese cuisine
Chefs at high-end restaurants in New York have taken part in a workshop to learn about traditional Japanese cuisine.
New York-based French chef Daniel Boulud organized the workshop. He led a group of chefs last July to cook meals for survivors in the tsunami-ravaged city of Kamaishi.
About 40 chefs took part in Thursday's workshop.
A sushi chef explained traditional ways to prepare raw fish.
Boulud said Japan is striving to restore trust in food safety, and he believes that Japanese ingredients are safe.
New York City has more than 1,400 Japanese restaurants. Some of these businesses were affected by the safety concerns about Japanese food after the disaster.
Friday, January 27, 2012 15:41 +0900 (JST)
NHK World has a video of the news at the link. Watching the video, it was indeed the scheme hatched by the Japanese government.
Here's another video promoting produce from disaster-affected East Japan (Kanto, Tohoku), targeting the Japanese using a popular group TOKIO. Translated and captioned by Tokyo Brown Tabby who did it probably in rage (as Tabby tries to pick safe food):
(From TBT's Youtube description; emphasis is mine)
This TV commercial clip (15 seconds) and its longer full version are sponsored by Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and have been on-air intermittently since early June, 2011. (A month after that, the problem of contaminated beef started to emerge).
The full 30-second version can be viewed here: http://syokuryo.jp/news-commercial/2011/06/tvcm-1.html
According to the official webpage for this CM campaign, the food that appear in the full 30-second version is as follows: rice ball using rice from Miyagi, asparagus from Fukushima, cucumber from Fukushima with "miso" from Miyagi, tomato from Ibaraki, apple from Aomori, watermelon from Gunma, milk from Iwate, peach from Yamanashi, BBQ using beef from Yamagata and onion from Chiba, and raw skipjack "sashimi" from Chiba.
These 5 men are a popular idol group called TOKIO.
The list of food items used reads like a horror story for those who closely follow the radioactivity measurement results by the prefectural governments.