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Aug 24, 2013 12:42 PM

Do people in japan still eat fish regularly ?

any concerns about eating seafood in japan? i would like to hear chowhounders views on this. Did eating habits change and are they concerned about what to eat since the radioactive leak into oceans??

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    1. If you were in Japan you'd notice that fish is still eaten regularly by the majority of the population. Common table fish varieties come from all over the country's coasts, and only a small area near the damaged power plants seems to have been affected for fishing.

      1. Yes, people still do eat fish in Japan regularly. There is a leak, but once you get out X meters, it's indistinguishable from the radiation that leaks in from the rest of the world.

        I don't mean to downplay the disaster, but so many people have over-exaggerated the dangers.

        Stress will kill you faster than the radiation will (unless, of course, you go skinny-dipping in Fukushima's holding tanks). If you worry about it, just don't eat it. There are plenty of imported foods around. This story says the contaminated ground water is not directly reaching the ocean. (Although some local fish are unsafe to eat -- not clarified.


        Good ol' Huff Post puts the facts in the headline and keeps the excitement: the water "nears sea". Not in it yet.

        And more here:

        specifically: As Buesseler’s research has shown, tests of local fish in the Fukushima area still show high enough levels of radiation that the Japanese government won’t allow them to be caught and sold for human consumption—a restriction that is costing Japanese fishermen billions of dollars a year in lost income. (But while flounder, sea bass, and other fish remained banned for radiation risk, in 2012 the Japanese government did begin allowing sales of octopus and whelk, a type of marine snail, after tests showed no detectable amount of cesium contamination.


        Now, let's compare the radiation problems with the problems we have with gasoline and coal pollution. Nah, I'll let you do your own research on that.