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China's sushi fans flounder over Fukushima water release

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"From August 24, I'll specifically tell my child and husband that we will consciously avoid these seafood products when eating at restaurants and shopping," she said.

Wise decision, if not Japan will start another poor manage power plant and think can get away without any consequence.

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or source it from other countries where price and quality could vary.

These are all just propaganda stories about products from Japan supposedly being better than anywhere else in the world.

Some things MAY be of better quality, but it is highly improbably that tuna caught by Japanese fishermen in the Pacific Ocean, are going to be of any better quality than tuna caught by Chinese fishermen in the same location!

-4 ( +12 / -16 )

Why all the sudden fretting about what Chinese want to eat? They've got crispy duck if they don't want to eat fish. Tastes much better too.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Chinese food in China is probably one of worst eating experiences I've ever had.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

In retaliation for China’s import ban on seafood from Fukushima, Japan should impose a total ban on tourists from China. We’ll have a nice and quiet Kyoto again.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

No more Sharks Fins for me!

No more Shrimps for me !!

No more Prawns for me!!!

No more Eels for me!!!!

No more Seaweed for me!!!!!

No more Tuna for me!!!!!!

No more Salmon for me!!!!!!

No more Jelly Fish for me!!!!!!!

No More Sea Salt for Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Japan ! See What You Have Done To Me !!!!!!!!!!!

And to the World!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-24 ( +2 / -26 )

Large tuna are caught far, far out at sea. If you’re truly worried about radiation from Fukushima, you should be avoiding mussels/urchin/scallops etc..

Just a fairly basic understanding of chemistry and physics tells you there is nothing to worry about with this released water.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Sushi fans may flounder, protestors may keep urchin against the water release, but there will always be salmon else who will eat the fish.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Flounder. What an unfortunate word to choose for a story about fish.

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China's sushi fans flounder over Fukushima water release

 

With a record unemployment rate, it is the Chinese economy that is floundering.

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This is a Chinese propaganda article. Most of the popular kinds of sushi eaten in China does not come from the Fukushima area. Other products like rice and seaweed is different. I would be hesitant. I would also be hesitant if I was eaten seafood in Fukushima or any Fukushima processed products.

Has China forgotten about all the food scandals that are associated with them? In fact, the local Chinese residents do not trust their own products; thus, they specifically travel to SK and Japan for trusted products.

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Seriously, for a group that pays this much attention to the news, I’d think you would be more educated.

There will be zero real recordable impact on seafood from waters around Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (NPP).

There will be nothing released to the sea that isn’t already being released from nearly every NPP near open waters in the world, nothing that doesn’t already exist naturally, and it will be released at a fraction of the rate of majority of the NPP in asia pacific.

this is not some conspiracy. The release of treated water from NPP has been going for many decades. If anything, Fukushima NPP is under far more scrutiny and has a magnitude more incentive to follow the rules.

So please quit with the political propaganda, and lets clean up the mess.

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Fukushima Daiichi was warned about the risk of a large tsunami hitting the coast and was advised to build it on high ground but due to financial concerns ( not safety) they decided that the benefits outweighed the risks.

The Japanese government and TEPCO should be held responsible for this tragedy but I don't see any heads rolling do you ?

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Many tuna are caught in the Atlantic. The fillet in the display counter looks like farmed Norwegian salmon, which is now just as or more popular than tuna in Japan. Neither of these are affected by Fukushima.

Either way, some rich folks' concerns about seafood in another country should not be top story. There are far more important things out there.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Say it in hushed tones,but history says that sushi and sashimi originated from Korea and China.

Oof.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Just don’t eat food from Tohoku, Kanko and surrounding sea. It’s not rocket science. Or just commit slow suicide.

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Chinese food in China is probably one of worst eating experiences I've ever had.

depends, for me it is the best depending on location. You should try English food. I usually go to Chinese restaurants there.

Large tuna are caught far, far out at sea.

in Japan they feed near the coast, absorbing radionuclides and mercury, before traveling to near Australia or using the other ocean current. There are two.

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Chinese food in China is probably one of worst eating experiences I've ever had.

Say what?! Food is the one thing I miss from visiting China. It's a great country to eat your way around. I'm drooling in my mind remembering it.

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I sea wahoo did there.

You are probably not the sole person to have noticed. Anyway, I will still be okay with eating fish but others may need to mullet over.

Chinese food in China is probably one of worst eating experiences I've ever had.

Oh dear. What happened? My gastronomic experiences there (including sushi) have almost always been fantastic, though a bottle of “mineral” water did lay me low for about three weeks once.

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Say what?! Food is the one thing I miss from visiting China. It's a great country to eat your way around. I'm drooling in my mind remembering it.

I lived in China and never did the tourist thing you see

Tourist treats is one thing. Proper Chinese food is not for the faint hearted.

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I lived in China and never did the tourist thing you see

I've never lived there, but I have spent cumulative months there. To be fair, I've eaten some funky stuff, and some garbage. But if you have some money, and are in the cities, China is awesome for eating.

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Tourist treats is one thing. Proper Chinese food is not for the faint hearted.

Most of my relatives live there, so I’ve tried home cooking as well as the more touristy stuff.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Never mind. The Chinese seamen can catch those outside Hokkaido or Barents Sea (with the South-Eastern side touching the Sea of Japan). The port is accessible to Chinese fishing boats.

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No more Salmon for me!!!!!!

Few Japanese eat Japanese caught salmon in Japan anyway, and I highly doubt you are either. It's either from Norway, (high chance) or Chile ( pretty good chance.)

Your eel is more than likely Chinese as Japan doesnt export eel in any significant amounts, if any, and imports a whole lot from China!

The list goes on. You have been suckered by the media into believing everything is imported from Japan, and are probably paying overly high prices for "domestic" product falsely marked as being Japanese!

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

We buy salmon from Hokkaido.

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I’d be more concerned of all the other contaminants in the fish, like heavy metals...dioxins, medications in farmed fish…tritium is pretty low on my list of concerns.

‘143 trillion becquerels of tritium was released from Qinshan III Nuclear Power Plant in Zhejiang Province in 2020. In 2021, water containing about 112 trillion becquerels was released from the Yangjiang Nuclear Power Station in Guangdong Province, 102 trillion becquerels from the Ningde Nuclear Power Plant in Fujian Province and 90 trillion becquerels from the Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Plant in Liaoning Province.*

TEPCO plans to cap the annual level of tritium released from the Fukushima plant at 22 trillion becquerels. Tritium levels in the sea after the release will be far lower than standards set by the World Health Organization and other organizations, according to TEPCO.’

And so many eyes are on the Fukushima release. It has been deemed it safe to do so by not just the Japanese government.

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Stephen ChinAug. 24  08:14 am JST

I really don't think you need any seafood imports from Japan.

No more Sharks Fins for me!

"In 2021, the top exporters of Fish; fresh or chilled, shark fins were Portugal ($123k), Indonesia ($106k), Oman ($68.8k), France ($65.5k), and Denmark ($31.8k). In 2021, the top importers of Fish; fresh or chilled, shark fins were Spain ($123k), Hong Kong ($88.6k), Malaysia ($86.1k), Italy ($84k), and Belgium ($28.7k)."

No more Shrimps for me !! No more Prawns for me!!!

"In 2021, Top exporters of Crustacean preparations; shrimps and prawns, prepared or preserved are China ($1,609,998.72K , 115,843,000 Kg), Vietnam ($1,558,261.76K , 143,929,000 Kg), Thailand ($921,364.87K , 97,650,300 Kg), Indonesia ($692,980.63K , 83,034,200 Kg), India ($600,155.00K , 62,203,900 Kg)."

No more Eels for me!!!!

"The world's largest exporters of this commodity group in 2021: China - 41% of the world exports ($185 million) Canada - 11.9% ($52 million) Other Asia, nes - 10.3% ($45 million)"

No more Seaweed for me!!!!!

"The largest seaweed-producing countries are China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. "

No more Tuna for me!!!!!!

"The top 3 exporters of Tuna are Thailand with 96,225 shipments followed by Vietnam with 75,036 and Indonesia at the 3rd spot with 58,970 shipments.May 23, 2023"

No more Salmon for me!!!!!!

Top Fresh or Chilled Salmon Exports by Country

Norway: US$8.2 billion (47.6% of total exported salmon) Sweden: $3.8 billion (22%) Chile: $1 billion (6.1%) Canada: $722.3 million (4.2%) United Kingdom: $715.7 million (4.2%)Denmark: $566.1 million (3.3%) Faroe Islands: $502.2 million (2.9%)

No more Jelly Fish for me!!!!!!!

The top 3 exporters of Jelly fish are Pakistan with 1,850 shipments followed by India with 1,140 and China at the 3rd spot with 914 shipments. (May 2023)

No More Sea Salt for Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In 2021, the top exporters of Salt were Australia ($435M), Netherlands ($364M), Germany ($329M), Canada ($245M), and Mexico ($230M).

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