Food products from Fukushima offered at New York event
An event to promote Japanese food has been held in New York City, following the recent lifting of US import restrictions on food products from Fukushima and 13 other prefectures in Japan.
The restrictions on a total of 100 food items from the 14 prefectures were imposed after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. But the measures were lifted in September last year.
Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry hosted the event on Thursday that was attended by about 20 people working in local food businesses.
In a video message in English, Fukushima Governor Uchibori Masao expressed his sincere appreciation to everyone from both countries who made efforts for the abolition of the measures.
Uchibori vowed to work hard to provide delicious food that will make US consumers smile.
Guests enjoyed boxed lunches made from ingredients from Fukushima, including sushi and sukiyaki using wagyu beef. Japanese sake was also served with the food.
Participants savored the dishes while listening to explanations from cooks and taking photos.
A woman who runs a Japanese restaurant said the lifting of the ban has made it possible to use authentic ingredients from Japan. She added that she may add the dishes she has just tasted to her restaurant’s menu.