Ever since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, rice in Japan has been tainted by radiation. This year, for the first time, the rice harvest is finally below the radiation standard set by Japan’s government. That’s good news not only for the environment but also for the farmers in Japan, who were some of the hardest-hit individuals in the disaster.
Official Tsuneaki Oonami told Reuters that 360,000 tons of rice were checked and all of it came through below the 100 becquerel standard set by the government. “The fact that the amount of rice that does not pass our checks has steadily reduced in the last three years indicates that we’re taking the right steps,” said Oonami.
In the wake of the disaster, Japan was forced to suspend some agricultural and fisheries exports, which has created a hardship for those who made their living in the fields and seas of Japan. Those restrictions have since been lifted, but repeated leaks at the Fukushima plant over the years since the disaster have prompted South Korea to ban imports from parts of Japan.