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EU plans to ease restrictions on food from Fukushima area

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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If people were paying attention to this I bet the number of Olympics visitors would plummet. The issue has gone from people's consciousness but its going to be an issue for hundreds of years.

The government has conducted extensive efforts to decontaminate forests, farms and other areas by washing down radiation and removing topsoil.

Which only means they removed half the problem to place they don't even know where. How much of this hosing down just put radioactive particles into the groundwater and sea? And where did they put the topsoil and is there runoff from it every time it rains?

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Chernobyl is still unsafe to this day. However, magically Fukishima is perfectly fine (says the Japanese Gov't)

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Chernobyl isn't on the ocean. Problem with fish is that they are wild and move about, mostly. Some stay on the bottom. Vast amounts of radiation released into the ocean further afield and all the way to Alaska.

Experts say the levels are low? Fish is labelled according to where it's landed not where it was caught.

We don't know how much radiation is in fish from other locations because no one is measuring it.

The allowable radiation limits were set by the government at one tenth of the international limits.

Can we trust the government on this? Can we trust the monitoring process which previous Kan government lied about declaring rice and water to be safe.

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Junker told Abe that the decision came after an analysis of data provided by Japan.

I'd ask for a second opinion considering the source and vested interests.

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Chernobyl is still unsafe to this day. However, magically Fukishima is perfectly fine (says the Japanese Gov't)

A lot of the exclusion zone around Pripyat is returning to normal, it's now safe enough for mass tourism and there have been locals that didn't leave the error since the initial incident still living there.

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Good for the EU my family and I refuse to buy any food products that come from anywhere near Fukushima...

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Truly, the G20 leaders are not given the correct infomations. Even the Japanese themselves are not eating any things or food from fukushima. Will these leaders have the same food in their own hiome or will the middle class be eating them ???.

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This is an EU decision, not a G20 one.

Fukushima is a very large prefecture and two thirds of it were not contaminated from the radiation fallout. There are many save growing places.

I think it would have be better to permanently ban foods from the 30 km and special exclusion zone so that people are clear about what is Fukushima.

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That, Zichi-san, is exactly the problem. The entire Fukushima region is tarred as "radioactive" because Japan Agriculture will NOT label where food is from in that region. Therefore, I, too, refuse to buy anything from Fukushima-ken, especially when the price is suspiciously low. It's a shame, really.

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Patrica, that's why I have said since 2011 that it would be better, and cheaper to ban commercial farms and growing in the 30 km exclusion zone and the special exclusion zone. Better to suffer the loss of less than 5% than 100%. Very few even returned to those areas.

Massive waste of too many billions of yen.

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