Election season in Japan mostly means street-side speeches. Last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swung by Fukushima City in Fukushima Prefecture to support local candidate Masako Mori, who’s the current minister of the Consumer Affairs Agency. And what did he talk about?
How great Fukushima-produced food is, of course!
Standing atop a campaign van, the prime minister addressed the crowd on behalf of Mori. Among other things, Abe touched on the issue of Fukushima-produced food.
Following the horrific Tohoku disaster in 2011 and subsequent radiation leaks, many people, both in Japan and abroad, are reluctant to eat food produced in the prefecture out of fear of radiation poisoning.
The prime minister, perhaps hoping to appeal to local voters, claimed to eat Fukushima-produced rice every day, saying that the food was what kept him energetic. He continued, saying, “Whenever I go to a summit meeting, I tell the other leaders. I eat Fukushima-produced rice.”
Abe added later, “We’re going to wipe away the financial losses from this misinformation, speed up the rebuilding of the infrastructure, and use all our power to take up the rebuilding of Fukushima.”
While the safety of Fukushima rice may not be in question for Abe, he seems to face an uphill battle on changing public perception. Source: Merx
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