Archives for the 'Chemical pollution' Category

Emergency Meeting: Definitely Cancel the Planned Move of the Tsukiji Fish Market to Toyosu!

Participants: Consumers Union of Japan & Food Safety Citizens’ Watch CUJ & Food Safety Citizens’ Watch held an emergency meeting on November 10, 2016 to discuss the emerging problems with the planned move of Tokyo’s wholesale fish market from Tsukiji … Read More

Posted December 19th, 2016 in Chemical pollution, Food, Waste

Five Years after the Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima

Epidemiological Studies Show a Rapid Increase in the Occurrence Rates of Thyroid Cancer CUJ interviewed Okayama University professor Toshihide Tsuda, who published an epidemiological study on the occurrence rate of thyroid cancer in Fukushima prefecture in October, 2015. Dr. Tsuda … Read More

Posted March 9th, 2016 in Chemical pollution, Nuclear

Tsukiji Fish Market: Concerns About New Location


The famous fish market in Tsukiji, Tokyo will move to a new location. Doubts remain about the safety of the Toyosu site, which formerly hosted a large coal plant for making city gas. It has been found to be contaminated … Read More

Posted November 4th, 2015 in Chemical pollution, Food

Ramsar Convention Adopts Anti-GM Rice Resolution

At the 11th meeting of the Ramsar Convention for wetlands, a draft resolution was introduced that came dangerously close to open a back door to genetically modified rice. Rice paddy fields in many countries are supporting wildlife such as migratory … Read More

Posted July 25th, 2012 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Chemical pollution, North-South, Organic Agriculture/Food

Consumers Protest Against the Radiation Limits for Food


Consumers protest against the radiation limits for food: We strongly protest against the old provisional limit for radioactive contamination of food, while asking the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) to reexamine the new limits Protest Letter To: Komiyama … Read More

Posted February 1st, 2012 in Chemical pollution, Civil Rights, Food, Nuclear

Regarding Food Safety

Indiscriminate burning of debris observed in Minami-sanriku, Miyagi, Japan on July 9, 2011

Some General Observations from the Consumer Perspective Regarding Food Safety in Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster on March 11, 2011 20110711 Regarding Food Safety (PDF version) July 11, 2011 Martin J. Frid Consumers Union of Japan … Read More

Posted July 13th, 2011 in Chemical pollution, Food, Nuclear

Pollution Problems In Tohoku Need More Attention

Writers Winnifred Bird and Elizabeth Grossman has written a very interesting article about the pollution issues and potential health effects in Tohoku. They note that damage to the region’s industrial facilities has been extensive: Oil refineries burst into flames in the … Read More

Posted July 13th, 2011 in Chemical pollution, Waste

Food Contaminated by Radioactive Substances

To: Food Safety Commission From: Food Safety Citizens Watch & Consumers Union of Japan March 24, 2011   Regarding Limits for Radioactive Substances in Food On March 20, Japan’s Food Safety Commission received a request from the Ministry of Health, … Read More

Posted March 30th, 2011 in Chemical pollution, Food, Nuclear

Organic Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Project Based On Humus

Lake Kasumigaura, Ibaraki, Japan

“Only good things will come from the clean water that flows in the stream, when only good things are put into the water…” Notes from a lecture by Mr. Uozumi Michio, Japan Organic Agriculture Association, on December 9, 2009 as … Read More

Posted February 19th, 2010 in Biodiversity, Chemical pollution, Organic Agriculture/Food

Moving Tokyo’s Fish Market: Tsukiji In Trouble

Consumers Union of Japan and the Food Safety Citizens’ Watch are involved in the efforts to get to the bottom of the proposed move of Tsukiji, Tokyo’s famous fish market. FSCW notes that the new site at Toyosu  is an old factory site … Read More

Posted March 25th, 2009 in Chemical pollution, Food, Waste