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8 Years On: Fukushima Working to Sell More Fishery Products

8 Years On: Fukushima Working to Sell More Fishery Products

   Tokyo, March 7 (Jiji Press)--Officials and fishermen in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture are trying to sell their products in metropolitan areas and abroad as their demand remains low following the March 2011 nuclear accident.
   Preliminary data show that fish catches off the coast of the northeastern Japan prefecture totaled 4,010 tons last year, some 15 pct of the 2010 total of 25,914 tons.
   Fishing off the prefecture was suspended across the board for about one year after the triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. In June 2012, local fishermen started catching whelks on a trial basis.
   In the past four years, the prefectural government has detected no fishery product caught off Fukushima containing radioactive substances at levels exceeding the safety limit. During the same period, voluntary testing by a prefectural fisheries cooperative found only one case surpassing the limit.
   But safety concerns persist.

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