Japanese eateries in China fear ruin as Fukushima water discharge looms

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Japanese eateries in China fear ruin as Fukushima water discharge looms

Kazuyuki Tanioka, the owner of an upscale sushi restaurant in Beijing, is concerned about the future of his business due to China’s increased checks on Japanese food imports over radiation concerns. The restaurant, Toya, has already faced challenges from COVID-19 restrictions and now faces a shortage of customers and seafood. Tanioka describes the inability to import food ingredients as a life or death situation for his restaurant. China is the largest importer of Japanese seafood and has banned imports from certain prefectures since the Fukushima disaster. The recent import restrictions were imposed after Japan’s plans to discharge treated radioactive water into the sea were approved by the United Nations. These restrictions have led to delays at customs and a decrease in customers due to concerns about the safety of Japanese food. Japanese restaurant owners in Beijing, such as Kenji Kobayashi, have experienced a significant loss of customers. The differing perspectives on the safety of the water between China and Japan have created a lack of understanding. Seafood suppliers are also struggling, with longer wait times at Chinese ports. Some companies are considering diverting shipments to other countries to bypass the restrictions. Japanese officials have appealed to their Chinese counterparts to avoid a ban, but some Chinese diners support the stricter checks. Japanese restaurateurs are adapting their menus and sourcing ingredients from other places to survive. The future of their businesses depends on the success of these efforts.

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