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S Korea to use radiation detectors, food from home at Tokyo Olympics

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By Ju-min Park

South Korea's Olympic committee plans to buy radiation detectors and ship homegrown ingredients to Japan for its athletes at the Tokyo Games because of worries local food may be contaminated by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Japan has posted data to show the country is safe from Fukushima radiation and many countries have lifted Fukushima-related food restrictions.

The Korea Sports & Olympic Committee (KSOC) plans to ship red pepper paste, a key ingredient in Korean dishes, and other foods, and check for radiation in meat and vegetables that can only be sourced locally due to stringent quarantine rules, a KSOC meals plan report shows.

"Apparently, ingredients and food will be transported from South Korea as much as possible, possibly including canned food," Shin Dong-keun, a ruling Democratic Party member of the parliamentary sports committee who was recently briefed by KSOC, told Reuters in an interview.

"For this Olympic games, food is our team's main focus so they can provide safe meals for the athletes to erase radiation worries, as opposed to in the past, food was meant to play the supplementary role of helping with their morale."

KSOC plans to arrange local Korean restaurants to prepare meals for baseball and softball players competing in Fukushima, as shipping boxed lunches from Tokyo is not feasible, it said in the "2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Meals Support Center Plan".

"These Korean restaurants should only handle food confirmed as radiation free,"

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station, located about 220 km northeast of Tokyo, was rocked by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in March 2011, sparking three reactor meltdowns.

More than 160,000 residents fled nearby towns in the aftermath as radiation from the reactors contaminated water, food and air.

South Korea has stepped up demands for a Japanese response to concerns food produced in the Fukushima area and nearby sea could be contaminated by radiation from the Fukushima plant.

Japan is having trouble removing more than 1 million tons of contaminated water from the crippled plant.

When it finalises menus around April, the KSOC will consider asking Tokyo to ease its stringent quarantine ban on South Korean produce, an official at the committee said.

The official said South Korea was preparing a separate meals plan due to concerns from the public and politicians over food safety, unlike the United States and Australia whose athletes will mainly eat food provided by the host country, Japan.

The official requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

South Korea's concerns about possible contamination from the nuclear disaster has become a thorn in already contentious ties with Japan.

Seoul has banned imports of seafood from Japan's Fukushima region since the nuclear disaster, prompting Tokyo to launch a World Trade Organisation complaint. Japan has said many nations such as the United States and Australia had lifted or eased Fukushima-related restrictions.

Japanese officials use international events to promote the recovery of areas hit by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster to show produce from Fukushima prefecture is safe.

Mineral water from Fukushima was served on tables at the last month's G20 foreign ministers meeting it hosted in Nagoya.

The South Korean Olympic committee plan to purchase radiation detecting equipment by February and station an inspector at its own cafeteria in Tokyo during the games to check contamination levels, according to the KSOC report.

The budget for the Tokyo Olympics meals service is earmarked at 1.7 billion won ($1.44 million), which includes twice the amount of money for buying and shipping ingredients than previous games, according to the committee.

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Another day, another masturbatory declaration from Korea. Copy-paste as many paragraphs about radiation as you want but everyone can see this is all about the boycott. Hopefully all the goods they ship over get "stuck in customs."

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Seoul has banned imports of seafood from Japan's Fukushima region since the nuclear disaster

Let's see if they also ban any Korean labeled seafood re exported from polluted East Asia sources.

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As should all other countries given the radiation hot spots just reported by green peace. The naysayers should lead by example and consume both the food and water from there. Simple.

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South Korea is a smart nation.

Fukushima is blending its rice with other regions ones to hide contamination.

no prevention is in place.

remember, the J-GOV hid radiation with piece of lead installed on the radiation detector to fake records.

that is why they banned foreign medias to check the place . to hide the gravity of the situation.

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When they aren't whining about the Rising Sun flag, they're whining about radiation in food. Can you imagine the Korean athletes next year carrying radiation meters to test everything around them?

Grow up!

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Indigo, If S. Korea was a smart nation they would have made better decisions, especially since Moon came to power. It's been a disaster for the Korean people, KPOP, foreign policy, jobs, relations with Japan.

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Grow up!

Yes. Quit whining about the chances of getting cancer in the future. It's all about the olympics and the glory of abe. Damn those radiation meters!!!

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Another day, another anti-Japan tantrum from South Korea. This is simply to make Japan look bad internationally. Well it wont work, SK. The world loves Japan and does not believe youre propaganda. If SK is going to be so negative about Tokyo 2020, follow thru on previous threats and just boycott.

South Korea, grow up!

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We all have to die of something. Why not radiation poisoning?

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The official said South Korea was preparing a separate meals plan due to concerns from the public and politicians over food safety, unlike the United States and Australia whose athletes will mainly eat food provided by the host country, Japan.

This is a direct result of an anti-Japan campaign in South Korea to declare Japan as 'unsafe', even though other countries - who take their sporting endeavours just as seriously, if not more than Korea - are completely fine with the radiation levels which are the same or slightly above normal background radiation in any developed country.

This is South Korea in damage control trying not to look like lying propagandists to its citizens.

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Although people seem to have forgotten, Japan is still a state of national emergency after the explosions at the power station, the government has yet to rescind the order and the amount of radiation considered safe (during the emergency) is 20 times what it was before.

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The Koreans are right and it is NOT just Fukushima.

Other prefectures were also contaminated with radioactive fallout that lasts many many years!

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The Koreans are right and it is NOT just Fukushima.

Other prefectures were also contaminated with radioactive fallout that lasts many many years!

You don't need to be a Japan hater to realize the dangers of consuming or using contaminated food and materials from Fukushima and other prefectures affected by it.

South Korea is smart by playing it safe. Everyone participating should follow suit.

This is a direct result of an anti-Japan campaign in South Korea to declare Japan as 'unsafe', even though other countries - who take their sporting endeavours just as seriously, if not more than Korea - are completely fine with the radiation levels which are the same or slightly above normal background radiation in any developed country.

@Hillclimber

Where is your proof of that? Because I have an American friend who will be competing, and they are most definitely worried.

From a previous JT article, the US and other "First-world" countries have already said that they will be bringing their own supplies because of contamination, too.

South Korea isn't the only country!

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S Koreans would boycott to go to Japan and buy any food here, so there seems no worry about radiations.

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Japanese beer and ramen imports to South Korea dropped to zero this year. Nationalism is obviously more important than anything.

Having said that I see nothing wrong with playing safe. Just not quite so “in-your-face”.

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Sure, the food is completely safe! (Sarcasm)

Radiation 'hot spots' near Olympic torch relay in Fukushima: Greenpeace

https://japantoday.com/category/national/radiation-%27hot-spots%27-near-olympic-torch-relay-in-fukushima-greenpeace

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Hundreds of thousands of South Korean and Chinese tourists visit the country and eat the food. Very few other countries test for radiation levels in foodstuffs including SK whose limits are ten time greater than Japan.

Maybe, some of the safest foods are the ones being tested from Fukushima. The radiation spread to other prefectures.

Testing for radiation levels in foods is not very easy and requires a large machine. The food sample need to be reduced to a very small size before placing them in the analysis machine.

indigo

Fukushima is blending its rice with other regions ones to hide contamination.

There is no evidence of that unless you can provide it.

no prevention is in place.

No prevention of what?

remember, the J-GOV hid radiation with piece of lead installed on the radiation detector to fake records.

Again, do you have actual evidence of that? There are thousands of radiation measuring machines, thousands of dosimeters. Civilian groups including a mothers group providing radiation measurement facilities. There are civilian groups like SAFECAST who have made extensive radiation measurements and have a website with the info.

that is why they banned foreign medias to check the place . to hide the gravity of the situation.

That is fake news. The international media, including BBC World have b visited the nuclear disaster site several times.

You fake news does not to provide the truth, that is the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Not a fan of the never-ending whining of Korea about everything under the sun, but I don’t blame them one bit on this one. Do you trust the Jgovernment’s claims of safety/recovery from the disaster? I’m all for the clean up and recovery for those people and locales affected, but I don’t trust them at all on this one.

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I thought korea was going to boycott the olympics?

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Fukushima is blending its rice with other regions ones to hide contamination.

There is no evidence of that unless you can provide it.

@zichi

It is common knowledge that food manufacturers in Japan using labeling and mixing as a way to sell unwanted food products

The "Rice Traceability Act" was created for that particular purpose, but like many Japanese laws, it has no real teeth and there are easy ways to get around it.

As a response to the *Osenmai Scandal, the government needed to alleviate consumers’ anxieties of food safety. This resulted in the establishment of the Rice Traceability Act in 2009. The Rice Traceability Act targets not only rice but also eight other types of foods processed mainly from rice; namely, Dango, Koji, Mirin, rice cake, rice flour, rice snack, rice wine, and Shochu *7. 

but here is where it gets interesting:

If rice harvested in different places is mixed into an RTA commodity, the name of the place should be noted in order of weight. If rice harvested in three or more places is mixed, it is compulsory to note the top two names while the other(s) can be noted as “other.” 

If I mix Fukushima rice with the majority of the rice coming from two or more other prefectures with good reputation, I can place the other prefecture names on the label and list the Fukushima rice as "other". Thus, I am able to hide the fact that some of the rice that the consumer is eating is contaminated with high levels radiation.

http://ap.fftc.agnet.org/ap_db.php?id=758

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It is common knowledge that food manufacturers in Japan using labeling and mixing as a way to sell unwanted food products

Is it? Where are you getting this? It's not knowledge common to myself. Have you actually fact checked yourself on this claim?

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Numan

@zichi

It is common knowledge that food manufacturers in Japan using labeling and mixing as a way to sell unwanted food products

The poster indigo stated that "Fukushima is mixing the rice", in other words the prefecture is doing that. All the rice from the contaminated areas is tested but because of low sales much of it is being sold has "industrial rice" for sake making or bought by restaurant food chains and and sold in their restaurants.

Not all Fukushima rice is grown on contaminated soils nor soils which received radiation.

I blame the central government for misinformation dating back to 2011. I suggested then that the 30km exclusion zone should remain in place until the end of the nuclear disaster site in some 100 years. And no one allowed to return for living or farming.

Then it would have been more clear which land was contaminated and which is not.

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oldman_13: "When they aren't whining about the Rising Sun flag, they're whining about radiation in food."

Two things every nation has a right to talk about, unlike people who demand they simply accept the word of previous aggressors and proven liars with regard to the Fukushima disaster.

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@zichi

All the rice from the contaminated areas is tested

Also, the government continues to raise the amount a radiation that is considered to be "safe for humans" despite research outside Japan showing otherwise.

 because of low sales much of it is being sold has "industrial rice" for sake making or bought by restaurant food chains and and sold in their restaurants.

'Sake' falls under the Rice Traceability Act since it is a rice product.

*The Rice Traceability Act targets not only rice but also eight other types of foods processed mainly from rice; namely, Dango, Koji, Mirin, rice cake, rice flour, rice snack, rice wine, and Shochu. *

The same loopholes exist, and sake is consumed by people. Restaurants, wholesalers, or anyone are still being mislead by the "other" labeling practices.

I blame the central government for misinformation dating back to 2011. I suggested then that the 30km exclusion zone should remain in place until the end of the nuclear disaster site in some 100 years. And no one allowed to return for living or farming.

The problem with that logic is the contamination does not stay only in that small area. Fukushima contamination has been traced to the West coast of the US to the shores of neighboring Asian countries. Therefore, it has definitely spread to other places in Japan. Not to mention, the contamination is in the parts of our food chain. Not just rice but fish, vegetables, and meats.

By the way, the same problem exists with mixing meats in Japan.

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Will S.Koreans also import the air they will breathe?

if not, they should stay home and stop whining.

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Hashidori: "if not, they should stay home and stop whining."

Might give Japan more medal chances in events they normally lose it, but SK and others have every right to question if the government is being truthful, especially now that it's known they have Olympic athletes doing the torch relay in radiation hotspots, but which they deny is a problem.

Numan: "Also, the government continues to raise the amount a radiation that is considered to be "safe for humans" despite research outside Japan showing otherwise."

Bingo! And this is after changing the labels of fish and other goods caught/produced in affected areas from "Made in Fukushima" to "Made in Japan" or "Caught in the Pacific".

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@Indigo

remember, the J-GOV hid radiation with piece of lead installed on the radiation detector to fake records.

that is why they banned foreign medias to check the place . to hide the gravity of the situation.

Is that true!!? I pray it isn't but if it is, very troubling to say the least.

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for zichi

is there evidence that you exist? for you my love:

Citizens Continue To Find Inaccurate Govt. Radiation Monitors In Fukushima

Citizens continue to find government radiation monitoring stations that read lower than the actual reading for the location. This one in Tomioka was off by a full microsievert per hour. These discrepancies become a considerable problem when they are then used to estimate possible human exposure on an annual scale or to declare potential health risks over time.

This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team

http://www.simplyinfo.org/?p=12812

you need to know Fox that it is at that moment that japan made a law regarding secret, and close the mouth of journalist who does not comply why official report, guess why....

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You don't need to be a Japan hater to realize the dangers of consuming or using contaminated food and materials from Fukushima and other prefectures affected by it.

I think it's because we love this country that we will question official claims and statistics that have come from the Govt and companies involved, after the disaster.

We want Japan to be safe from harm. We want the people to be safe.

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ALmostToday  04:20 pm JST

Is that true!!? I pray it isn't but if it is, very troubling to say the least.

https://youtu.be/d39sfHcZNB4

I saw foreign video showing block of lead just around the sensor as well.

it seems that detectors were made in order to fake the real radiation value as well.

with the recent typhoons , guess where radiation has gone...

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As some have stated. Grow up.

If in fact Korea has concerns about the radiation levels of the event sites, why not have them inspect beforehand and check for themselves.

if and when, the results do indeed confirm their concerns, SIMPLY BOYCOTT THE OLYMPICS.

SIMPLE.

If they don’t want to go though the above hassles, SIMPLY BOYCOTT THE OLYMPICS NOW!

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Numan

Also, the government continues to raise the amount a radiation that is considered to be "safe for humans" despite research outside Japan showing otherwise.

The central government set the radiation levels allowed in food and water at one tenth of the international standard used by American and European countries. Which is your country?

Fukushima foodstuff is the only one in the country being tested for radiation contaminations.

Only about 10% of the Fukushima land mass was contaminated. What of the other 90% of land?

South Korea which the post is about does not test about does not test its own foodstuffs for radiation contamination.

indigo

Citizens Continue To Find Inaccurate Govt. Radiation Monitors In Fukushima

That is correct and there were also problems with service and repairs. But to counter that claim there are also citizens monitoring like SAFECAST and put the results on their site. Or the following radiation map, for instance.

https://jciv.iidj.net/map/

There are citizen groups including mothers monitoring the radiation levels in foodstuffs.

This one in Tomioka was off by a full microsievert per hour.

If that is correct the level would still be less than 20 millisievert per year, the permitted limit.

I am fully aware of the Simplyifo website and others and have posted extensively on the nuclear disaster since 2011. But I also think that some posters make wild speculations without fact and those claims need to be counted.

http://www.simplyinfo.org/?p=16899

you need to know Fox that it is at that moment that japan made a law regarding secret, and close the mouth of journalist who does not comply why official report, guess why....

I'm not sure I understand what you are saying here. Are you saying a Fox News journalist was prevented from reporting. Fox News does not usually have reporters on the ground and Fox News is not in Japan.

The international media including the BBC have been given access to the nuclear disaster site several times and free to report on whatever they found. There are also extensive reports on the TEPCO site dating back to 2011. And on many other sites including the IEAA.

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Kaori Sakuma, from Koriyama, evacuated her two young sons more than 500 miles from the Fukushima accident. She reluctantly brought them back after the government raised the allowable radiation limits for communities, but she does not trust the government's radiation readings

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fukushima-residents-return-despite-radiation/

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zichi, go to live in fukushima and send me a postcard 10 years later

also check the thyroid problem as well , give us the data. thanks

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indigo

Kaori Sakuma, from Koriyama, evacuated her two young sons more than 500 miles from the Fukushima accident. She reluctantly brought them back after the government raised the allowable radiation limits for communities, but she does not trust the government's radiation readings

Sakuma can make her own readings if she does not trust those by the government.

About 30,000 nuclear evacuees left the prefecture and decided not to return to their former communities. The government didn't raise the allowable radiation limits which were set in 2011 at 20 millisievert per year.

Contaminated areas were divided into three types. Radiation levels at 20 millisievert per year or less allowing former citizens to return if they wanted to. In some places this level was achieved after decontamination works. The second places are those with radiation levels 20-30 millisievert per year. Sometime in the near future, like a couple of decades the levels will drop and people allowed back. The third sector are areas with radiation above 50 millisievert per year and no one will be allowed to return to those locations.

I'm not sure personally, why people would want to return to contaminated and destroyed locations. I would not., for many reasons. Lack of public services is a big point.

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during Chernobyl disaster, the Gov lied to people to not take responsibility in the future.

now , some governments are paying for thyroid problem victims.

does Japan gave iodine pill to people in case of nuclear disaster??

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indigo

https://youtu.be/d39sfHcZNB4

In that video you linked there is a fixed radiation monitoring point showing 0.177 microsieverts per hour. Someone with a handheld device is showing 0.26 microsieverts per hour.

How do we we even know that the handheld device is correct.

But let's look at the readings.

0.177 microsieverts per hour would be 1.55 millisievert per year.

0.26 microsieverts per hour would be 2.22 millisievert per year.

Both within the limit of 20 millisievert per year.

Which is 2.2 microsieverts per hour.

But really you don't need to worry until you reach about 5.7 microsieverts per hour or 50 millisievert per year. Then leave that area.

But I agree there have been problems with those fixed radiation monitoring posts so you can always check it out on SAFECAST for their DATA.

I saw foreign video showing block of lead just around the sensor as well.

and?

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zichiToday  05:54 pm JST

But really you don't need to worry

stop to tell to people what to do.

be careful about GOV report and info to insure our own security, that is the point.

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indigo

zichi, go to live in fukushima and send me a postcard 10 years later also check the thyroid problem as well , give us the data. thanks

Why I'm happy living in Hyogo? Where in Japan do you live? The thyroid data is available online from organisations like WHO. I don' think I will still be alive in 10 years wherever I live.

stop to tell to people what to do.

I don't tell anyone what to do but try to find the facts so people can decide for themselves but unfortunately with disasters like Fukushima along come the conspiracy theories too.

The limit for those workers at the nuclear disaster site is 50 millisievert per years or a maximum of 100 millisievert over 5 years. Those people are exposed everyday. Two workers have been officially died from radiation exposure.

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indigo

Exposure to 100 mSv a year is the lowest level at which any increase in cancer risk is clearly evident. A cumulative 1,000 mSv (1 sievert) would probably cause a fatal cancer many years later in five out of every 100 persons exposed to it.

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S Korea to use radiation detectors, food from home at Tokyo Olympics

I guess that'll be domestic non-banned Hite beers all round please..

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As I posted yesterday, Japan is about 10 x stricter for radioactive content in food than the EU or the USA. (Bq/kg). I hope South Koreans will carry their own food without prejudice around the globe.

https://japantoday.com/category/poll/should-food-from-fukushima-prefecture-be-served-at-the-2020-tokyo-olympics#comments

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What is Japan thinking ???. Does the japanese side knows the responsibilities to the world ???.

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