Jiji Press SOMA, Fukushima (Jiji Press) — Shipments of green laver from the nuclear disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture restarted for the first time in about seven years on Monday.
The radiation levels of local green laver were confirmed to be far below the state-set limits, brushing off concerns about contamination due to the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant, which was heavily damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
About 740 kilograms of green laver harvested on Monday at aquafarms near Matsukawaura fishing port in the Pacific coastal city of Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, were delivered to a local processing plant after being dehydrated to remove pebbles and other objects.
“Matsukawaura green laver features a good scent,” Yuichi Okamura, a 62-year-old member of a local fisheries cooperative said. “It’s as beautiful as before the disaster.”
Green laver from Fukushima, a major production area, were used mainly for ramen and “tsukudani” preserved food boiled down in soy sauce, before shipments came to a halt due to serious tsunami damage to local aquafarms and the port.
Fukushima green laver is expected to be available only locally for the time being, as aquafarm operations will remain on a trial basis.