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The Japanese town that was poisoned

February 11, 2015
BBC

More than 2,000 people died from eating contaminated seafood from the area, with thousands more suffered life-long damage.

It would take years before the Chisso Corporation admitted their role in the poisoning of the environment.

Fukushima radioactive water leak an ’emergency’

August 5, 2013
BBC

Japan’s nuclear watchdog has said the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is facing a new “emergency” caused by a build-up of radioactive groundwater.
Its operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), has been criticised heavily for its lack of transparency over the leaks.
Tepco’s “sense of crisis is weak,” Shinji Kinjo, the head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force said. “This is why you can’t just leave it up to Tepco alone”.

Fukushima nuclear plant: Toxic isotope found in groundwater

June 19, 2013
BBC

Strontium-90 is formed as a by-product of nuclear fission. Tests showed that levels of strontium in groundwater at the Fukushima plant had increased 100-fold since the end of last year, Toshihiko Fukuda, a Tepco official, told media.

“When we look at the impact that is having on the ocean, the levels seem to be within past trends and so we don’t believe it’s having an effect.”

“Everything we’re hearing is that there’s no good news for the Pacific bluefin. We’re seeing a very high value fish continue to be overfished”

− Amanda Nickson,

Director of Global Tuna Conservation Campaign, Pew Environment Group

Bluefin tuna record Fukushima radioactivity

May 29, 2012
BBC

Pacific Bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California have been found to have radioactive contamination from last year’s Fukushima nuclear accident. The fish would have picked up the pollution while swimming in Japanese waters, before then moving to the far side of the ocean.

Scientists stress that the fish are still perfectly safe to eat.

Fukushima pollution is potentially a very useful tool to trace the origin and timing of animal movements.

Price of over-fishing: one tuna sells for £1m

January 6, 2013
The Independent

A bluefin tuna sold for more than £1m [$1.7m] at a Tokyo auction yesterday.

The Japanese eat 80 per cent of the bluefin tuna caught worldwide, and much of the global catch is shipped to Japan for consumption. The winning bidder, Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co, which operates the Sushi-Zanmai restaurant chain, said “the price was a bit high” but that he wanted to “encourage Japan”, according to Kyodo News agency.