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Hiromitsu Ito, left, 53, oyster fisherman, and Yuki Miura, 23, fisherman apprentice, work on their boat after harvesting oysters from one of their oyster farms in Ogatsu town, Miyagi Prefecture. Ito lost his home, his fishing boats, and his oyster beds, following the 2011 tsunami just after he had taken out a loan to begin oyster processing. Ito and his business partners used funds from the membership fees to help fishermen get back up and running. They are also training newcomers like Miura, a fisherman apprentice, hoping to keep the industry alive.

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Good to see they are up and running again, but I can't help wonering about the product, as all oysters do is filter the water. May the currents be kind on them.

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There is no radiation. Everything is under control. See! People are getting back to work. Abe is great!

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Fukushima Diary ran a story in 2012 about an oyster farm in Kesennuma Miyagi.


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I would have no problem eating these oysters, look very tasty. If we think in the U.S. the limit for radioactive cesium is 1200 bq / kg in foods. Europe the limit of 1,000 bq / kg. While in Japan the limit is 100 bq / kg. Twelve times more stringent that American standard safety. Could I make a tea using this "contaminated water" of fukushima.

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Fukushima Diary is not a reliable source. Their article on super-sized vegetables caused by radiation last year was compiled of file photos of vegetables from all over the world, some of them quite old. They have an agenda, and they will bend the facts to fit it.

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Best luck to the oystermen.

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Some people rave over oysters but I've never been able to take to them. Always seemed to me like eating runny snot.

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According to TEPCO's Tests they did find contamination offshore of Miyagi Prefecture


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Well Imagine that...Fukushima Diary the not a reliable source. Actually Reads TEPCO's Page & Carried the story....


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Melissa, that doesn't mean the the conclusions they draw are correct, and does not in any way excuse outright lies.

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From who??? TEPCO lol

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especially the Pacific Ocean which was the place for so many of the huge atomic bomb testing

Cesium 134 has a half life of 2 years & both C-134 & C-137 were found in some areas offshore of Miyagi Prefecture & in higher levels than 0.0019 Bq/L.

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From who??? TEPCO lol

Ha, good one! Yep, we can really trust TEPCO.

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Yasukunishrine - so with the U.S.' and whoever else's higher cesium limits, does that mean their oysters are more contaminated than the ones from Miyagi? And would you feed your

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Would you feed your kid oysters from there?

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Cesium is nasty according to Heyltex

A radioactive element has a constant rate of disintegration that is reflected by its physical half-life. The rate of element elimination from the body is reflected by its biologic half-life. The combined rate of radiation disintegration and rate of element elimination is reflected by the effective half-life. Cesium-137 (137Cs) has a physical half-life of 30 years with a beta energy peak at 174.0 keV.

Following entry into the blood, it is distributed uniformly through all body tissues. Approximately 10% of Cesium is eliminated rapidly with a biological half-life of 2 days, and 90% is eliminated more slowly, with a biological half-life of 110 days. Less than 1% of the Cesium was retained with a longer biological half-life of about 500 days. Cesium follows the movement of potassium and is excreted into the intestine, reabsorbed from the gut into the blood, then to the bile, where it is excreted again into the gut (enterohepatic circulation). Without Prussian blue insoluble treatment, ~80% of Cesium is excreted through the kidneys and ~20% in the feces. Because of Cesium’s long physical half-life, the rate of radiation elimination is similar to the rate of element elimination from the body.

Cesium accumulates in the body through re-absorption & ingestion..

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According to Heyltex

While Prussian blue increases the rate of elimination of radioactive Cesium-137 and Thallium-201 from the body, it does not treat complications of radiation toxicity, such as bone marrow suppression, neutropenia, or thrombocytopenia. Patients suspected of being internally contaminated with Cesium-137 should be monitored for radiation toxicity and treated as necessary. Prussian blue might not increase the rates of elimination from the body of radioactive elements other than Cesium-137 and patients exposed to radioactive elements in addition to Cesium-137 may require additional, concomitant treatment with other agents.

Cesium-137 can do damage....

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TEPCO reported Cesium 134-137 offshore of the Miyagi Prefecture.


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Ever heard of Exports....& It's good to know what's going on in the world since we're all connected by water.....

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