Wednesday, January 16, 2013

#Radioactive Japan: Fukushima to Export More Fukushima Produce to Thailand


In addition to "premium" peaches and apples from Fukushima's contaminated middle third (Nakadori), pears and persimmons will be added to delight the wealthy Thais.

As long as the fruits are tested and radioactive cesium is less than 100 Bq/kg, they are as safe as they can get, as far as Fukushima Prefecture and the Japanese government are concerned.

In 2012, pears grown and harvested in Fukushima tested maximum 14.74 Bq/kg (Minamisoma City), and persimmons 86.9 Bq/kg (from Date City), according to the Fukushima Prefectural government. The tests were sampling tests only.

I wonder what the Thais get in return. More low-interest loans from Japan, I suppose.

From Fukushima Minpo (1/16/2013):

県産農産物のタイ輸出を本格化 世界に安全性アピール ナシ、カキ追加

Larger scale export of Fukushima's produce to Thailand to commence, pears and persimmons to be added, to advertise safety [of the Fukushima produce] to the world

県は平成25年度、県産農産物のタイへの輸出を本格化させる。東京電力福島第一原発事故以降、国外で唯一、受け入れているタイへの輸出拡大を通し、中国や台湾などへの輸出再開につなげる。政調会で明かした。

Fukushima Prefecture will ramp up the export of agricultural produce grown in Fukushima to Thailand in the fiscal 2013. Thailand is the only foreign country that accepts produce from Fukushima after the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident. By expanding the export to Thailand, [the prefectural government] wants to resume export to China and Taiwan. The plan was revealed in the policy research committee [of the prefectural government].

24年のモモ、リンゴに加え、ナシやカキなども輸出品目に加える。富裕層をターゲットに、高級デパートやショッピングモールなどで販売。安全性と高品質をアピールすることでアジア各国への輸出再開への足掛かりとする。今月中旬には県果樹経営者研究会とJA新ふくしま、JA会津みどりの担当者が現地を訪れ、販路開拓に向けて関係者と協議する予定だ。

In addition to peaches and apples [that were exported to Thailand] in 2012, pears and persimmons will be exported. They will be sold to the wealthy at high-end department stores and shopping malls. Safety and high quality will be the selling points, with which the prefectural government hopes to resume export to Asian countries. Officials from Fukushima's JA [agricultural producer co-op] will visit Thailand in mid January to discuss with Thai officials on market development.

原発事故以降、中国や台湾、韓国などは本県農産物の輸入を停止している。タイは放射性物質検査を条件に認めている。24年はモモ900キロ、リンゴ360キロが輸出され、完売となった。

China, Taiwan, South Korea and other Asian countries have stopped import from Fukushima since the nuclear accident, but Thailand allows the import on condition that the produce be tested for radioactive materials. In 2012, 900 kilograms of peaches and 360 kilograms of apples were exported to Thailand, and they were sold out.


Fukushima Minpo also reports that the hula girls from Hawaiian Center in Iwaki City will tour elementary schools throughout Japan to tell 3rd, 4th graders how Fukushima has wonderfully rebounded from the disaster. The purpose of course is to eradicate "baseless rumors" and bring more tourists to Fukushima.

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Anonymous said...

OT

in French, sorry, but it will be reported in English sooner or later.

http://gen4.fr/2013/01/malices-au-mali-lancien-colonisateur-protge-aussi-luranium.html

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