Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ate an octopus that came from the waters near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in an effort to prove his earlier statements that everything is “under control”. Critics have accused him and his administration of hiding the real situation in Fukushima, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
On his visit to the town of Soma, located just 26 miles north of the nuclear plant, Abe ate a slice of octopus tentacle, which came from the waters in Fukushima, just a month after fishermen returned to their trade on a trial basis. This is part of the government’s campaign to convince domestic and international consumers that the leak of irradiated water from the plant has not affected the fishes and seafood from the area. The local fishery cooperative laid out a feast for the guests, and Abe said he wants everyone to know that it is “good and safe,” by partaking of the food.
Revelations from the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), that around 300 tons of contaminated water has leaked from the plant and possibly into the Pacific Ocean has caused fears that it has also contaminated the produce and catch in the nearby areas. South Korea has even put a ban on imports of seafood products from seven prefectures near Fukushima. It is not uncommon to see politicians in public trying to dispel rumors, especially when it comes to health and safety of consumers. Then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano was photographed eating strawberries from Iwaki City, which is near the 18-mile exclusion zone, just a month after the 2011 disasters.
[ via Telegraph ]
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