Thursday, 24 October 2013

UNESCO listing of Japanese food may reduce radiation concern

As the United .Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) moves to list Japan’s Washoku: Traditional Dietary Cultures as an intangible cultural heritage asset in December, hopes of good news for Japan are high, having won the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
 
Japanese Washoku:


But more importantly, the listing, experts noted could also draw attention to the way Japan is handling the toxic leaks at Fukushima nuclear power plant. For example, radiation concern has forced South Korea to banned imports of marine products from Fukushima and seven other Japanese areas.

UNESCO has four food cultures as heritage – French, Mexican, Mediterranean and Turkish on its intangible list.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was hopeful: “We will make efforts to win understanding for various foods, including fish caught by people in Fukushima Prefecture, who have been suffering from baseless rumors” as a result of the nuclear crisis.

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