As part of its ongoing efforts to bring peace of mind to city residents following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo’s Komae City will meticulously measure airborne radiation levels along all roadways within city limits and provide citizens with easy-to-understand information regarding the readings.
Additionally, having only inspected radiation levels of school lunch ingredients once before, the city announced on Feb 21 that it would reintroduce such checks on the foodstuffs comprising the noontime meals.
Less than a week after the announcement of the checks, Kenji Matsuyama, president of Mitaka Food Services Center, told the city his firm would not renew its contract to provide the city’s junior high schools with lunches.
The city’s elementary schools prepare their own lunches; however, lunches served at junior highs are outsourced to a private contractor, in this case, Mitaka Food Services Center. Because Mitaka is refusing to renew its contract with the city’s Board of Education, it means no school lunches will be served at the city’s four junior high schools from April of this year, affecting approximately 1,050 students and teachers who had been eating the lunches provided by the company.
“The notice of nonrenewal was too sudden. At least six months’ notice is desired.” The School Lunch Act stipulates that meals must be delivered within two hours of being cooked. According to the city’s education board there is not enough time to find a suitable replacement. The Education Ministry said having a school unable to serve lunch was an exceptionally rare occurrence.
Comments left by readers were overwhelmingly mistrustful of the company’s motives for abandoning the contract.
“They’d be in trouble if something was detected. No doubt they’re using contaminated ingredients.”
“One can only imagine that they are using some dangerous stuff.”
“I bet what they were using could be purchased cheaply.”
“Refusing radiation checks…What about lunches at other schools!?”
“It’s probably best to bring your own lunch from home.”
Source: Hamster Sokuho
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