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Apr 16, 2011 04:55 AM

Is it safe to eat sushi in japan??

my wife just left this morning april 16th for osaka. are the japanese people consuming in a normal way??

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  1. If you haven't already done so, I suggest you ask this question on the board for Japan. Lots of posters there who live in Japan.

    1. Dammit. Should I have been worried about consuming all the sushi/sashimi here in Japan? I've been here since the end of March and eating lots of raw-ish stuff. Unless the fish you're eating was caught off the Fukushima coast, you might want to reconsider. I would think that fish from the other thousands of miles of coast and ocean around Japan would be fine. Good luck.

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      1. re: E Eto

        I've caught quite a few stories about how seafood consumption is currently way down in Japan. The famed Tsukiji market came up a lot - many long-time fish sellers in the market are hurting. The reports indicate that there is some fear concerning contaminated seafood. But what seems to be the overriding issues are the general economy as well as the immediate effects on the country's infrastructure from the triple disaster. It's been a little while now, and the dust seems to be settling over there. You're there - how do things appear to you right now?

        1. re: bulavinaka

          I think consumption on every level was down in the Kanto region and north in the weeks following the earthquake/tsunami. That would explain why seafood consumption has been way down. I'm not sure if it has been due to a scare of radiation in the seafood than the radiation scare in general (early on), and then the threat of rolling blackouts. As I've said elsewhere, friends of mine who recently opened a restaurant near Tsukiji have been worried about their business. It seems to be picking up again. I'm in Hiroshima where most everything has been business-as-usual. While some of the higher-end restaurants probably source some of their seafood through Tsukiji, I believe a good portion of the fish around here come from local sources. I especially look for fish at the supermarket labeled "local" or with its source (usually somewhere in SW Japan). The seafood here is so plentiful and inexpensive that I haven't had much of a chance to reflect on whether there might be radiation in there. I just remembered, I need to get my fix of fugu before the season ends.

          1. re: E Eto

            The bulk of my relatives are in Japan, and have pretty much felt the same as you. They're looking at this whole thing from afar for now. Very sad and concerned about what has happened, and still waiting for the aftereffects to transpire. Otherwise, as you've said, it seems business as usual there and I'm sure other places removed from the epicenter. Thanks for your impressions and good eating...

      2. see online: march 19 2011 New York Times: Food Contamination Fears Could Harm Japanese Brands. Also The Atlantic Magazine 3/24/2011: Is Raw Fish Safe To Eat??

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        1. re: MarkG

          Do you have any more recent news sources? Those seem pretty old and based on a lot of speculation on a fast moving news story.

          1. re: E Eto

            try the food channel web site/april 11th/ DINERS WANT TO KNOW IF SUSHI IS SAFE. also Bloomberg News from 3/31: Sushi Safe From Japan Radiation as Ocean Dilution Makes Risk Negligible

            1. re: E Eto

              the fishing industry in northeastern japan was wiped out in a heartbeat. there is no fish from that region. fish from other coastal waters in japan are safe.

                1. re: E Eto

                  I think that's the conclusion that most will come to after gathering the facts. No fishing whether de facto or by law right now in the affected areas. The local fleets were wiped out/crippled/can't dock for the most part, and the government has banned fishing and farming in the surrounding areas of the Daiichi plant.