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Thailand first to import Fukushima peachesFresh peaches have become the first food grown in Fukushima Prefecture to be exported since the nuclear disaster 18 months ago. Thailand has become the first country to import food from the disaster-struck prefecture, with the fresh produce hitting the grocery store shelve in Bangkok on Wednesday. Officials in Fukushima hope this will help show that not all products from the northeastern Japanese region need to be feared for radiation.
Fukushima peaches used to be a very popular export to other countries in Asia, including Thailand, China, and Taiwan. But after the nuclear disaster that was triggered by the March 11, 2011 tsunami, these countries and more around the globe put an immediate halt to their imports of all foods from Japan’s Tohoku region. Thailand-based distributors were invited to Japan this August by the Fukushima Prefectural Government to give them the chance to see that the peaches were safe and free from radiation.
With importers satisfied, 250 kilograms (551 pounds) of “Yuzora” peaches, known for their velvety texture and sweet taste, were exported to Thailand. Yusuke Kimura, a representative of the Fukushima Prefectural Government who has been working with Japan External Trade Organization’s Bangkok office, says that they are very confident in the quality and safety of their products. He adds that the people of Fukushima hope the peaches will be bought not just to support recovery efforts, but simply for their delicious taste as well.
Publication date: 9/14/2012
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