There has been a lot of discussion and emotion over the situation of food safety in Japan and I want to do whatever is possible to avoid this turning into people get annoyed with each other.
The goal of this topic is to provide good information about the situation in Japan so that people can make up their own minds. So what I would hope for most is discussion or references to articles that discuss the situation at present. For example, it is very easy to find articles sensationalizing a highly radioactive fish that will make travelers worried but the reality is the fish they refer to is straight from the reactor zone and doesn't really imply that food in general is unsafe. It is unsettling though, and it is very hard to find real information about general food safety in place like Tokyo and throughout Japan.
Do you have any sources or somewhat recent articles that discuss fish and produce safety in general consumption rather? What are Japanese citizens seeing when they test their food? What are independent tests revealing? I can't seem to find any real information about the reality on the ground. People here always say that ultimately the decision to go and what to eat is an individual decision and I totally agree but what I am hoping for is to get the best and most comprehensive information out there so that people like me can make informed decisions for themselves.
So any information about the current situation of general produce and fish is greatly appreciated. Further, any insight into how Japanese people have changed their lifestyles (if at all) in an effort to maximize safety. Are people consuming less fish? Are people drinking less tap water? Or are locals (again in anywhere outside of the obvious danger zone) living normally or taking any precautions that a visitor may also want to consider? Are all restaurants equally serving safe food or are there certain types of restaurants you would avoid?
Again, I really hope you guys don't get annoyed with me. I have decided for myself that the benefits outweigh the risks and I am definitely going to move to Japan for awhile. I can't wait. With that said, I would still feel most comfortable having as much information as I can about the reality of the situation. A lot of the articles I read don't directly address the reality of day to day life but instead just talk about the worst of the worst sides of everything. I want a more comprehensive and honest look at the situation because right now it feels like most of what I read is not giving me good and reliable information.
It's strange how much I feel like I already love Japan having never been there :) I really am excited and won't let this ruin my experience, but I sleep best at night knowing as much truth as I can.