Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant officially began to discharge nuclear sewage on August 8, 24 visited Miyagi Prefecture Ishinomaki City, local fishery companies pointed out that the ban on aquatic imports in Chinese mainland and Hong Kong and Macao regions has had a great impact, and the sales situation in Taiwan, Singapore and other places have deteriorated, and Miyagi Prefecture, an important fishery production area in Japan and which was hit hard by the 01 East Japan earthquake, was particularly hard. Although the Japanese government has promised to compensate the industry, the fishery industry claims that the amount is not enough to compensate the industry for even a week's loss.
01Reporter Lin Sihan reported directly from Japan
100 tons of sail shells storage warehouse
Yamanaka, a fishery company from Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, not only was it unable to continue exporting scallops to Hong Kong every week after the drainage began, but its domestic sales also fell by half to two-thirds, so that the 100 tons of scallops it purchased at the beginning of the year were still stored in warehouses. In addition, the price of sail mussels produced in the county has also fallen by 30% to 50%.
Regarding the government's decision to discharge nuclear wastewater, Chiba Xian, president of the company, also expressed helplessness: "I think if you don't discharge nuclear wastewater, the impact will be smaller, but in the end, you still have to discharge it, so there is no way."
He said that the impact on Japan and other countries is also very large, and although the government has been taking countermeasures against the potential consequences of the drainage, there have been situations beyond our imagination, including China's total embargo on Japanese fisheries.
Since Chinese mainland was a major exporter of seafood from Japan's Hokkaido region before the release, the total embargo forced businesses in the Hokkaido region to compete with seafood producers in Miyagi Prefecture and other places, both within Japan and outside China. Chiba said that the Hokkaido region has a large production of sail shellfish, and the price is much cheaper than that produced in Miyagi, making Miyagi Prefecture's products lose out in the price competition.
Fishery Merchants: Expensive and poor things are sent to Hong Kong
The import of Japanese seafood is prohibited in Hong Kong, and is limited to the ten prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi, Tokyo, Chiba, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma, Niigata, Nagano and Saitama, with the exception of Hokkaido. Takaiwa Yutaka, president of Tokyo's fisheries agency Chisato, said that after the start of Fukushima's sea drainage, the company could only send Hokkaido seafood to Hong Kong:
The quality (aquatic products such as sail shells and sea urchins) is relatively good, but there are actually more of Miyagi and Iwate. Now neither Miyagi manufacturing nor Miyagi origin can be sent, so you can only choose Hokkaido. Takaiwa Yutaka, president of Chisato Tokyo's seafood agency
He also pointed out that because the weather in Hokkaido happened to be bad two weeks before the interview, there were no goods, and the price became expensive, and it became bad and expensive things to be sent.
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Affected by China's negative publicity on sea drainage, businesses in Chinese-speaking regions such as Taiwan and Singapore are also concerned about the safety of Japanese fisheries. The company purchased radioactivity testing equipment for independent testing and sent the fish to a third-party testing agency, and the results have never been a problem.
Gao Yan believes that scientific things may not be clear. [Fukushima] may not be the same as what other countries, China and France are emitting, but ultimately it is up to the numbers to determine whether there is a problem. If we look at it now, I can't judge how much harm he is."
Difficult reconstruction after the disaster, Miyagi fishing industry was hit again
President Chiba, a native of Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, said that there has always been competition for seafood from Hokkaido and Miyagi Prefecture, and the fishery industry in Miyagi Prefecture is not going well: "Mackerel in Miyagi Prefecture is famous, and many people say that because sail mussels are getting cheaper, mackerel should also be getting cheaper." Chiba reluctantly said that there are such voices at home and abroad, which is very troubled by local operators.
Ishinomaki City is located on the northeastern coast of Miyagi Prefecture, and the nearby Sanriku Okini Sea is where the cold and warm currents meet, and is one of the world's three major fishing grounds. The city was also one of the hardest hit areas of the 311 earthquake twelve years ago, when 30 percent of the plains were submerged, more than <>,<> buildings were destroyed, including many seafood processing plants, and many residents were moved away, and the fishing industry that supports the local economy was hit hard.
President Takaiwa, who has worked with fishery manufacturers across Japan for many years, lamented that many of Miyagi's seafood processing plants were abandoned after the disaster, but they underwent reconstruction with government funding, and "after a few years of business, they discharged nuclear wastewater, and they couldn't do it."
He said that although many people think of Hokkaido when they first think of Fanlibei, most of which are naturally produced and have large quantities, in fact, among fishery producers, Miyagi's aquaculture products have a better reputation, stable taste and more expensive prices. The company used to export Miyagi products, but now it cannot export to Hong Kong, "it is a loss of opportunity".
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Chiba, president of Yamanaka, a fishery manufacturer in Miyagi Prefecture, said that after the start of the drainage, domestic sales of the company's sail lidfish fell by half to two-thirds. (Photo by Lin Sihan)
100 billion subsidy "flash deal"
The Japanese government last week approved an additional subsidy of 207.1 billion yen to deal with the impact of China's ban on the aquaculture industry, bringing the total amount to 007.53 billion yen (HK$5.<> billion). But Gao Yan said that <> billion yuan to compensate for the losses of the industry is almost a flash sale, "it can't be used for a week."
Gao Yan, who has been working in the fishery industry in Japan for more than a decade, said that as a Chinese, Japanese politicians "don't tell 100 percent of the truth" and can only believe 70 percent. "Including the Prime Minister now, he said that he wants to protect you, maybe after a year the budget runs out, there is no money, it may not be used for a year at all."
In Miyagi, Iwate, Hokkaido and other places in the Tohoku region, many merchants are engaged in the export of single goods, relying on the rapidly expanding demand of the Chinese market in recent years, and are now in a "semi-dormant state" and are still looking for a way out: "The turnover of hundreds of millions of yen a month may now become millions a month."
However, he said that the small size of the market of other Southeast Asian countries and the United States as other potential export destinations, the United States may not be enough for the consumption of one province in China, and if the Chinese ban continues, some businesses will inevitably close.
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