Sunday, June 26, 2011

#Radiation in Japan: Government Wants to Offer Japan's Seafood to Developing Nations

As part of the ODA (Official Development Assistance) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a host of aid programs for developing nations around the world, the Japanese national government is going to buy up processed seafood [canned fish, for example?] from the earthquake-affected areas and offered them to developing nations.

It's not clear whether these seafood packages will be free or they will make the developing nations pay, even a token amount. But don't worry, says Nikkei Shinbun, they will be first tested for radiation by the WFP (UN's World Food Program).

From Kyodo News Japanese (6/26/2011):

政府開発援助(ODA)配分など2011年度の国際協力重点方 針案が26日、判明した。東日本大震災被災地の水産加工食品などを購入して途上国に提供するなど、国際社会にも「開かれた復興に資するためのODA活用を 最優先課題とする」と明記。被災地に外国人研修員を積極的に受け入れることで風評被害防止にも取り組むとした。

The government plan for the international aid programs for the 2011 fiscal year [that started in April 1] became known on June 26, which include the Official Development Assistance (ODA). The plan states that the government will purchase the processed seafood from the areas affected by the March 11 earthquake and offer them to developing nations, and that "it will make it the utmost priority to utilize the ODA for the recovery open to the international community". Under the plan, the government will also accept more foreign "trainees" in the affected areas to counter the baseless rumors [of radiation contamination].


The government will decide on the plan on June 27. There are critics who have been pushing for the reduction of the ODA budget as the recovery/reconstruction from the earthquake is likely to be very costly. In response to the critics, the government will frame the ODA as part of recovery/reconstruction. Part of the program cost will be included in the 3rd supplementary budget of the fiscal 2011.

Foreign "trainees" usually means cheap labors from developing nations. Before the earthquake/tsunami of March 11, there were many "trainees" from China working in the seafood processing plants at the ports in the Tohoku region, even as the jobs were not abundant for the locals.

A baseless rumor or ”blowing in the wind” rumor (風評), has become the euphemism for "radiation", as you already know.

The Japanese government wants to buy up fish and other seafood from fishermen in Tohoku, package them and sell them to developing nations so that Tohoku can recover.

(That's totally in line with the Japan-US plan to create the final processing plant for used fuels in Mongolia.)

Please keep in mind that this is what the national government (and probably the prefectural governments in Tohoku) wants, and not the fishermen themselves. I'm sure some fishermen will be all for it, but others won't be, as I've read about them who simply stopped fishing when they become aware that the fish were contaminated with radioactive materials.


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Anonymous said...

ckckckck.. if they dont want to eat their seafood.. just throw them back to the sea!! dont offer them to other human beings!!

Demaclies said...

UN puppets!

Yuki Onna said...

Why hoard all the radioactive seafood? What good will that do? This way the developing nations' hungry will at least die of cancer with their stomachs full. And Japanese fishermen will get some money to buy some safe food. It's win-win.

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Anonymous said...

The U.S. military was talking about buying Gulf of Mexico seafood with the intention of serving it to military servicepeople.

Whether they are doing it or not I haven't heard.

Fall Out Man! said...

That's just evil. Of course once the food gets "given" to a third world nation, it could end up re-labeled and in a store anywhere in the world. Its time to stop eating tinned fish. Forever.

Having said all that, Japan is still exporting rice, noodles and condiments to New Zealand. Our government is too scared of both importers, and global powers to restrict or even test food coming here from Japan. It makes me sad when I look at all the people around me eating imported Japanese food, day after day. I wonder how many will die a slow horrible death in the name of keeping the nuke industry rolling in money.

Niigata said...


It is unbelievable that every day, Tepkill (oops TEPCO), the school of laughter (the Japanese government), the comedy of Service (the governor of Shizuoka) manage to make me fall off my chair reading their jokes bad taste ...

Today the joke is still worth a visit! ! ! ! !

Not content to poison all the Japanese and extolling the virtues of cesium in food or tea, now they hope to poison the rest of the planet ... as said Yuki, died of cancer on a full stomach, it's beautiful!

How far will they go in anything!?!

Frankly, I look forward to tomorrow to see their new invention ...... I must remain calm, calm ...

Anonymous said...

I dont know if this is actual, but read this article from today:
3mSv pr/ or pr/y that was not mentiond, but the test result i anyway high. And also regading the fact that urin is the last station for wather in a human body, its filtered thru your body, so a bigger portion is already inside(cidneys, liver etc.).
The Isotops range from Plut to Cobolt(I belived that plut. was bad, but there are others that are even worsh), they are not mentioned at all.

This is the wake up call.
Why is nothing done to evacuate people from the most contaminated areas, this is becomed dangerous, and its no f... joke anymore.
Every god dam doctor know that this shitt is nothing to take lightly, this is also remeber Inernal exposure, not a aperatus monted in a rom. Are the so corupt that they dont rise their voices anymore. A pregnant mother or infants are living in a highly dangerous sone, and you know it, and do what ...

This is what happens when a siciety slides into a backstabbing, asskissing, corrupt and utterly incompetent political clas of people ruling a country, do you, people of Japan need any more evidence.
A stupid patriacal religion/system based on a yterly stupid herarcy, maintaind and feed by greed and covardness, creates a hedious creature.

And now we the people must pay the bill.

Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong. ~Richard Armour

Anonymous said...

@ Niigata

"It is unbelievable that every day, Tepkill (oops TEPCO), the school of laughter (the Japanese government), the comedy of Service (the governor of Shizuoka) manage to make me fall off my chair reading their jokes [in] bad taste ...

Today the joke is still worth a visit! ! ! ! !

Yes, well, all of the above are well-advised to continue their 'vacation' from reality in Japan because the rest of the world does not believe a word they say.

Only the sycophants and fools, hatching pod people, etc. are paid to lip-sych their nonsense.

Anonymous said...

As far as I do remember, Nestle did the same thing buying tchernobyl radioactive milk , transformed it to milkpowder and sent it for free to help those poor starving babies in third world countries...

the voice in your head said...

Just goes to show that nothing is thrown away that can still make money. Morf the crap into something else, slip it under the radar, and it's business as usual. Look at fluoride, thalidomide, low radioactive scrap metal..etc.

Someone's even going to figure out how to morf human waste into high protien nourishment. Oh wait! A Japanese dude just did that. Now all he needs is the right marketing.

Apolline said...

Perhaps japanese government make laugh, but being french, I am not proud that Areva has sold mox to Japan.
It is a very bad joke,too.

It gets worth

Radioactivity found in urine of residents living near crippled Fukushima nuclear plant:

JDH said...

When I want to get rid of pig waste I dump it in the soil growing cucumbers and peas then sell the harvest to Thailand.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@helios, companies like AREVA does whatever makes money. They are selling and building solar power generating system in Australia, while trying to sell nuke plant to Jordan with Mitsubishi.

the voice in your head said...

Why doesn't some marketing genius undertake making high-end healthy immune system stimulating products out of this radiation laden crap for "Hormesis Holiday Baskets" as gifts targeted at overworked and stressed out Japanese company presidents, CEOs and other upper management with these radiation rich goodies.

I would buy and send one.

Howard T. Lewis III said...

The Japanese government seems to be voted in by the same crooked machines in the U.S.. Pig-stupid rules.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@Howard T. Lewis III, so it seems. Democratic Party of Japan's party "manifesto" reads like the policy paper of the US Democratic Party, too.

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