Kyodo News uses term ‘Hot-zone’ to describe Miyagi, Iwate and Tochigi Prefectures… not just Fukushima

Published: July 24th, 2012 at 5:53 am ET


Title: Hot-zone beef remains a hard sell
Source: Kyodo News
Date: July 24, 2012
Emphasis Added

Hot-zone beef remains a hard sell

Prices remain low for beef from Fukushima and three surrounding prefectures as radiation fears linger a year after shipments were banned over the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Last July, beef from Fukushima and other prefectures was found tainted with cesium above the provisionally set limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram. The government banned shipments from Iwate, Miyagi, Tochigi and Fukushima prefectures before lifting it last August on condition that all their cattle be tested for radiation.


The price of Fukushima-made beef, however, is lagging at ¥1,342 per kilogram, or 77 percent of the February 2011 level


The price of Tochigi beef has rebounded 94 percent, while prices have recovered 91 percent in Iwate and 88 percent in Miyagi.


Published: July 24th, 2012 at 5:53 am ET


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21 comments to Kyodo News uses term ‘Hot-zone’ to describe Miyagi, Iwate and Tochigi Prefectures… not just Fukushima

  • kintaman kintaman

    ¥1,342 per kilogram for Fukushima beef? You could not may me a million dollars to take a gram of that contaminated sh*t. How can anyone allow the sale of this stuff to even happen? Whoever is selling it should be locked up.

    Of course though the beef that does not sell will end up somewhere in the food chain in some form. Dirty bastards.

    • Sickputer

      Kintamin typed these pixels of light: (after saying hell no I won't glow!)

      "Of course though the beef that does not sell will end up somewhere in the food chain in some form"

      SP: Clinton lets them sell anything from Japan in America without testing for radiation. No need in getting sued for libel by dropping the names of any big chain restaurants, but it is apparent to me the way to avoid Japanese beef is buy local assured meats. Those nice juicy big chain burgers may have just arrived from Fukushima and you would never know it.

      • kintaman kintaman

        I am avoiding beef and seafood altogether for the rest of my days on this planet.

      • Cindy Cindy

        "hell no I won't glow!" comment from Sickputer….I'm gonna use that line when people ask me why I won't eat contaminated food.

      • dharmasyd dharmasyd

        SP: Clinton should be waterboarded in Fukushima ocean water until she retracts her words and rescinds the policy.

    • blackbuddha blackbudda

      schools' lunches -BASTARDS!


    Miyagi is immediately north of Fukushima, and Iwate is north of Miyagi.

    Ibaraki and Tochigi are south of Fukushima.

    Radioactive contamination doesn't stop at the border between prefectures.

    Japan's radiation map by prefectures.


    Nasushiobara-city, Tochigi, recently "gave up" on a plan to get a whole body counter due to the opposition of local physicians association. (Japanese)

    Kiryu-city, Tochigi, fired a city councilor Yuki Niwayama for raising her voice about contaminated agricultural produce from the area and questioning the safeness of donated blood by individuals exposed to radiation

    • Max1 Max1


      "Radioactive contamination doesn't stop at the border between prefectures."

      I was telling a coworker about the preschool just outside the 30Km zone and he said something to that extent, "Yea, like radiation doesn't cross the yellow lines?"

  • Max1 Max1

    I suspect in the future, parts of the Pacific Ocean will be spoken of in that way…
    Oh wait…

    As long as the situation is "on going"…
    … Hotspots will continue to be found.

  • jedi jedi

    I suspect the goverment has satellite that can pick up

    hotspots? that was before 3-11 !now it all looks hot!

    don't forget the pacific !get the army or draft get some

    fix it now ! or i will never buy japan again…..

  • arclight arclight

    all around the world, people employed to monitor radiation must be dumbfounded by the cover up of this huge contamination incident.. THEY KNOW..some like CRIIRAD and ACRO france have had to limit their operations to be able to help the japanese citizens monitor food.. NO ONE is allowed to monitor for strontium or plutonium or anything else..

    a comprehensive monitoring of soils waters and food need to be made.. food should be imported until this is done.. people need to be compensated and evacuated soon.. so they can begin, finally, to rebuild their lives.. its only fair!

    and as an aside im dumbfounded by the lack of response in the "alternative media" to this

    In Containment 「格納容器の中」 part 5/5

    5000 views?? is that all?

    thank you admin for posting this video as a headline..

    where are the other supporters of the children..

    this headmistress has put herself on the line.. job, pension the works..

    i humbly ask that you please pass this around and support these and 350,000 other children from fukushima.. and maybe other prefectures too??

    why hasnt this gone viral?? prozac?


    • johnnyo

      arc, when those kids go running to the slide, almost gleeful that they can explain to the American film maker why they can no longer go down it……my heart rips in two

      they are so cheerful, dancing in front of the gates of hell

      the poignant poetry of epic tragedy captured by pure innocence

      i am devastated and encouraged simultaneously….they will need fearless optimism all the rest of their days, however unfounded it may be….what choice do they have? Parents can't move. Will ANY of those kids have healthy children of their own? What kind of world would such progeny inherit?

      prozac or no….i predict this will go viral. Its power is subtle but resonates at depths of the soul rarely stirred.

    • jec jec

      Not different here in USA/Virginia. Wells/Groundwater for drinking – is not tested with the other water tests as the EPA is in charge of that testing. AND when you look/ask, its "2008" data..or "no danger to health (without data)..or just blank from EPA. Now there maybe other locations and sites, or Dominion Power who runs the plants is supposed to provide the well water test results..but why not post with the other water test results with the counties. ??

      • jec jec

        By testing, mean for radiation particles from one of the nuclear plants in the area which supplies our drinking water. New Reverse Osmosis system was just added,hope that will filter out more than just saline and floride and LEAD. Lead by the way, can be a product from Tritium breakdown. Just Saying…Having data and numbers -current information- reassures….everyone.. NO DATA..makes a person wonder why…

        • arclight arclight

          i hear you jec..

          heres what japan today thought of tritium..

          42 India nuclear plant workers contaminated
          JUL. 24, 2012

          "….No explanation was immediately available as to why the first incident at the plant took a month to emerge.

          In May 2011, four laborers were exposed to low levels of radiation at the Kakrapur Atomic Power Station in eastern Gujarat state.

          In November 2009, workers at a nuclear plant in southern Karnataka state fell ill after radioactive water contaminated their drinking water.

          Tritium is a mildly radioactive isotope of hydrogen…."

          "..In particular, technical terms have been explained and scientific jargon has been avoided. The report concludes that official attitudes on tritium are unscientific and incorrect, that tritium’s hazardous nature should be fully acknowledged by radiation protection agencies in Canada, and that tritium’s dose coefficient should be increased substantially.."

          tritium gives nuclear bombs more bang for their buck.. it primarily causes birth defects.. the above link leads you to a report..

          • arclight arclight

            april 2011
            "..But other experts sharply disagree, saying exposing the material to open air could allow radioactive iodine and other volatile substances to blow off the site, adding to the remote contamination that is already spreading dozens of miles from the plant.
            A factor that could vastly complicate the problem is the presence of tritium, or heavy water, which is produced during fission. Tritium cannot be filtered out of water, instead requiring an extremely expensive treatment process.
            “If the contaminated water has relatively high tritium or tritiated water concentration, then treatment could be more complicated,” said Joonhong Ahn, a nuclear waste expert at UC Berkeley.
            Nuclear power plants normally have systems in place to treat tritium on site. But the condition and capacity of the Fukushima system is not known…"


            • dharmasyd dharmasyd

              Arc: Tritium leaks from various facilities at UCB on a regular basis. Sometimes the leak is large enough to require no entry perimiters. It's hard to get accurate information, but I'm fairly certain it leaked into Strawberry Creek a few years back. Strawberry Creek flows from the UC nanotechnology building up at the Rad Lab (aka: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)right by my apartment in the lowlands of West Berkeley. Men in funny suits were there working day and night for about 2 months about 10 years ago. Could not get any information. I just avoided the area.

  • dodge

    While people will be demanding to know where the food comes from, should they buy beef they will be willing to pay more and attempt to get the safest possible, likewise with fish or vegetable/grain proteins The difficult will be in purchasing processed foods. The small amounts of beef/fish/ or any one product is so small, the final product will be well within limits. It has the additional result of concentrating the problem with those to busy/lazy/poor to avoid it. You can be sure the executives of these company's are not bringing home their product for their families, if they are busy they will hire people to raise/purchase/and prepare the safest possible foods. As the comedian used to say "What a country" its not become "What a World!"

  • weeman

    If the Japanese government removed the import taxes from beef, flour, milk, etc necessities, it would be cheaper than domestic products unfortunately they want to protect these jobs, the future health care for these people eating contaminated food will be astronomical.
    What is wrong with these people, have some compassion, look at the damage you have caused already.
    Close the plants down or we will.

  • jackassrig

    Maxwell's demon at work. I little bitty crack let me down. Spoiled my work as a clown…

  • bleep_hits_blades

    Dr. Strangelove-the Sequel —someone needs to write the screenplay. No need to exaggerate – just the facts are bizarre enough and 'stranger than fiction.'