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Medalists' bouquets hold deeper meaning for Japan

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In Fukushima, a nonprofit organization was set up to grow flowers, hoping to lift area spirits. Many of the blooms were raised on vacated agricultural land that was abandoned when fruit and vegetable sales plummeted from the area.

Some Korean media (again) nitpick anything and propagate anti-Japanese prejudice over Fukushima "contaminated" flowers. Hope this article above is countervailing to maintain reason. Other than that, it's a beautiful story.

メダリストに贈られる福島産ビクトリーブーケの「放射能」を懸念=韓国メディア報道

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/ebc01d32bed02a52e3d7b280abd0f51190d76f7c

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The sunflowers and all the other flowers in the bouquet were grown in the three northeastern Japanese prefectures that were devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.

> Of course, an Olympic medal has significance. But the bouquet of flowers that every medal winner is being handed at the Tokyo Olympics has deeper meaning. Much deeper.

And yet, The only country, South Korea is eager to broadcast it calling it radioactive flowers.

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Shouldn’t have revealed that. Now some medalists from certain countries might deny receiving the beautiful flowers or even panicking around and checking with a Geiger counter. lol

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"In fact, some residents of the area complained that holding the Olympics distracted time and resources from the recovery".

Only some? You sure about that chief?

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Let's pick on the Korean media...

No, they're only voicing concerns.

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Nonsense, they do. And they're ugly.

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That is a huge stretch

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They get thrown in the bin! For gods sake can’t take them home, they die just some weird thing. Happened to me many times “thank you?” Straight in the bin, what the hell am I going to go with a posies. Braid my hair?

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Oh yeah, the whole Olympics was to be based on the Fabulous Fukushima Recovery.

I help with it by buying their peaches. Best in the world.

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Takeshima on the map, Fukushima Foods in the village, Bouquets, .... Isn't it enough already?

Why didn't you simply boycott? Just shut the hck up and go home

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Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), I cultivate in my own garden.

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Given a recent report in the Japanese media of excess radioactive material found in honey from the region, perhaps there is a basis of at least caution.

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Is the picture an example of social distancing at the Tokyo Olympics….?

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I thought two meters was proper for social distancing. Do Japanese people know what social means? Quite interesting making phrases or using borrowed phrases that have no meaning.

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It's just a bunch of weeds, no need to get ones knickers twisted over it. No one except a few patriotic AH, give a crap about where these weeds come from nor the deeeeeep meaning behind them.

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Grow a sunflower, view every day, they bring a smile.

They will not solve the issues surrounding this Games and pandemic.

it's is a bliss moment. the flower in the breeze, in the winners hand waves, is well, I got here, I won, at all odds.

OK I believe, and will continue to worry that these 2020 games will have serious consciences to Japan health system.

I can't turn off the TV

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"please come for visit but dont day forever because you break the rule and spoil the air of our weather and you are a fat fool not clever so take your gaijin garbage and disappear into the nether."

The truth hurts, me knows.

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Wow this website has some of the most negative comments I've seen in a while (besides YouTube).

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These bouquets are unique. Stop hating.

lolz

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Given a recent report in the Japanese media of excess radioactive material found in honey from the region, perhaps there is a basis of at least caution.

There's always a case for caution. But the honey in question had about one tenth of the radioactive limit used in Germany.

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These Olympics should be about the athletes (never mind covid for awhile). Do any of the athletes or spectators around the world know or care about the origin of these flowers?

I don't buy the vegetables from Fukushima in the supermarkets here, which are always at a considerable discount. If someone said they were bringing over a bouquet of flowers from Iwate, Fukushima, and Miyagi I would think they were kidding.

At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, would anyone have raised an eyebrow if the bottled water supplied to the athletes came from Chernobyl?

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At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, would anyone have raised an eyebrow if the bottled water supplied to the athletes came from Chernobyl?

Chernobyl is a city. Fukushima is a prefecture. I think there's a difference. After the Three Mile Island incident, would you have taken bottled water from Harrisburg? What about from Dauphin County? What about from Pennsylvania? Best to get your bearings.

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