Fukushima Food Supply to Olympic Village Leads to Controversy

Since the Olympic Village in the Harumi area of ​​Tokyo was made public to the media on June 20, food safety issues surrounding the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have continued to arouse public attention. Yonhap News Agency reported on the 27th that food from Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture will appear on the table in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Athletes’ Village. Fukushima Prefecture is preparing to take this opportunity to promote local “charming” food. Cause controversy.

According to reports, the Fukushima prefectural government staff responsible for the food supply for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics told Yonhap News that dozens of ingredients are being prepared for the midsummer season. The list of ingredients submitted to the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee includes peaches from Fukushima Prefecture. , Tomatoes, pork and chicken. The person in charge added that they also expressed their intention to provide food such as flounder, dried bonito, rainbow trout, and clams.

South Korea’s “Joongang Daily” quoted a Fukushima prefectural government official as saying on the 28th that it was hoped that ordinary tourists would go to Fukushima to eat more delicious food during the Tokyo Olympics. I can promote to athletes from all over the world, “Fukushima has a lot of delicious food. After the COVID-19 epidemic is over, I hope everyone will check it out.” This matter triggered heated discussions among South Korean netizens. Some Korean netizens think that the Tokyo Olympics should be boycotted, “enter guests with the epidemic and radiation?” “In that case, athletes are almost risking their lives to participate in the Olympics? From the new crown virus to radiation.” “Let our athletes eat radiation.” Food is really dangerous.” “Is it crazy?”

The Japanese side has enough confidence in its own food. Some Japanese media believe that South Korean public opinion is concerned about the Fukushima food entering the Olympic Village for “political reasons.” Fukushima Prefecture’s local media “Fukushima Minyou” reported that the food from the disaster-stricken areas was sent to the Olympic Village to alleviate people’s concerns about food safety in the disaster-stricken areas after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The food production process in the village is inspected and guaranteed by a third-party agency.

The nuclear leak at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant on March 11, 2011 caused a large amount of radioactive material to leak, which has had a profound impact on the marine environment, food safety and human health. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, 54 countries and regions have restricted agricultural products from Fukushima and other places after the Fukushima nuclear accident. Although some countries’ import bans have been abolished or relaxed over the past 10 years, 15 countries and regions including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, South Korea, and the United States still do not accept imports of agricultural products from that region.