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Seafood Is Safe After Fukushima Discharge, But Some Won’t Eat It

Seafood in East Asia is experiencing a decline due to concerns over the discharge of treated radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Although scientific evidence indicates that consuming seafood will not pose health risks, not everyone is convinced. In response, the Chinese government has expanded its ban on seafood imports from Japan, causing anxiety among consumers in China and South Korea. Despite assurances from experts, there is fear and paranoia surrounding seafood, particularly sushi and sashimi. However, vendors at Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul are urging consumers to have confidence in the safety of their seafood. The wastewater release is the first of many scheduled over the next 30 years, and both the Japanese government and the plant operators assure that the water is safe. International experts agree, stating that contamination in seafood will be significantly below harmful levels. However, the issue has been contentious for the past two years, creating misinformation and undermining public confidence. As tensions rise between Japan and South Korea, protests against the discharge have taken place, exacerbating concerns over seafood safety. This has resulted in a decline in bookings at restaurants and a drop in seafood imports from Japan. If this sentiment continues, it may have a significant impact on Japan’s economy, as China and Hong Kong account for over 40% of its seafood exports. Nonetheless, there are still individuals who are not worried about contamination, as seen by the line forming outside a Japanese chain restaurant in Hong Kong.