New York: Internationally active Japanese
companies advised Fukushima Prefecture firms to put labels on
food and other products to show they had passed safety tests
to reassure overseas consumers worried by the impact of the
nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
The advice came yesterday as Fukushima business leaders
met with representatives of Japanese companies operating in
the United States at the Japanese Consulate-General here to
discuss how best to cope with the impact of the nuclear crisis
on Fukushima products, meeting participants said.
Fukushima products ranging from food to screws were
initially subject to import restrictions overseas due to
radioactive contamination fears after the March 11 earthquake
and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The safety labels would be put on products that clear
radiation tests, recognizing them as free from radioactive
"I thought that the safety label proposal was a good
idea," said Kenichi Shishido, who runs an insurance agency in
Koriyama in the prefecture. "I would like to tell my business
colleagues in Fukushima that we should positively sell our
products in the world."
The companies also recommended Fukushima business leaders
consider investment in wind and other non-nuclear electricity
generation projects as well as advanced medical technology and
other areas to create employment in the prefecture.