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November 7, 2011 | Mark Willacy
TONY EASTLEY: With anger building over their government's
handling of the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns many Japanese
have begun conducting their own radiation tests on
everything from food to footpaths.
Some people are refusing to let their children go to school
because of fall-out fears while others are making
arrangements to migrate.
Fuelling their concerns are new international reports
suggesting more radiation has leaked into the ocean and
atmosphere than estimated by Japanese authorities.
North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy reports from Yokohama.
(Sound of a blender)
MARK WILLACY: In the middle of his fruit and vegetable shop
Akio Takaoka blends up a juicy grapefruit.
But he's not making a refreshing drink for his customers.
He's preparing to test the fruit for radioactive
(Sound of Akio Takaoka speaking)
"A massive amount of radiation was emitted from the
Fukushima nuclear plant," he tells me. "Food became
contaminated so because of that I didn't want to sell
anything that could possibly be radioactive. So I bought
this special machine that can check if there's radioactive
contamination," he says.
The grapefruit passes with flying colours.
The same can't be said for a bag of green tea grown more
than 300 kilometres from the smouldering remains of the
It registers 400 becquerels of radioactive caesium per
kilogram - close to Japan's safe limit for food and above
what the World Health Organization considers safe.
Here today scrutinising every carrot, every onion, and every
apple she buys is Toshiko Yasuda.
After the Fukushima meltdowns she established a movement
called "Protect the Children of Yokohama from Radiation".
(Sound of Toshiko Yasuda)
"Now we have more than a thousand members," she tells me.
"It's because the government's response to this crisis has
been so slow. Our biggest concern is food contamination. We
need to protect our children who are vulnerable to
radiation," she says.
A few blocks away in her apartment building Junko Eto is
preparing lunch. The asparagus she's cooking is from Peru,
the bacon is from the US and the white sauce from New
Unlike the Protect the Children of Yokohama from Radiation
movement she refuses to buy any Japanese produce at all no
matter how well it's checked.
(Sound of Junko Eto speaking)
"I prefer to buy produce from Australia and New Zealand,"
Junko Eto says. "If I can't then I get food from the US,
Canada or Europe," she adds.
Junko Eto doesn't believe a word she's told by her
government or the Fukushima authorities. She's even pulled
her son out of primary school and is now planning to leave
"I want to go to Australia. It doesn't have any nuclear
power plants," she tells me.
It's standing room only back at Akio Takaoka's fruit and
vegetable shop. Word is getting around that he has a machine
capable of detecting radiation in food.
Here fear can spread faster than fall-out - a sign perhaps
that few trust anything their government or the operator of
Fukushima tell them.
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