Radiation from the Fukushima plant, has it any impact on the availability of fresh ingredients for the restaurants in Tokyo?
I asked this question in another thread but there was no response. Can anyone on the ground in Tokyo now comment on this?
Recently, my principal worry is on inflation that will come on food products and restaurant menus... Less domestic production, more imports.
Even you never have the answer about it, the thing is that Japan has been for a long time product conscious, with some good level of information on labels (NGO or not, origin,...). Even fruits are labeled for their sugar percentage...
Of course, labels do not stop doubts about the safety of the food. Testing seems spotty to say the least (witness the story about the tea leaves, for ex. http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/05/hy...).
May cheaper products be the one from sensitives areas ? At a sushi-yasan, the 'torigai (=Japanese cookle)' was 30% bigger than usual and asked from where came that beauty ? The answer is from Japanese Sea...'
There's practically no impact. A few products specifically from Fukushima are not available but fortunately there's Hokkaido, Kyushu, Ibaraki... not to mention the sea.
The only fresh product that's conspicuously missing from Tokyo restaurants right now is tourists.