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Price of wheat to jump 2% | The Japan Times Online

Despite living in Japan since Commodore Perry and his Black Ships, I didn’t know that the Japanese government set the price of imported wheat. And if they are raising the price because prices rose on the Chicago futures market, then why the need for the government to set the price, anyway?

The government will raise prices of imported wheat to flour millers by an average of 2 percent in October, the third straight increase since last year, boosting costs for companies such as Nisshin Seifun Group Inc.

Foreign wheat for sale by the government to domestic millers will rise to ¥57,720 a metric ton on average in October from the current level of ¥56,710, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Wednesday in a statement. Japan depends on imports for almost 90 percent of its wheat, making it Asia’s largest buyer after Indonesia.

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Mushrooms Join Growing List of Radioactive Threats to Japan’s Food Chain – Bloomberg

Update: maybe better not to eat the bread, either, if the wheat was grown in Fukushima.

Let’s face it, Fukushima agricultural produce is a washout for this year and perhaps future years, too. “Half of Japan’s rice crop is grown within the radius of possible contamination from the nuclear plant…” Holy cow! In many Japanese restaurants, you get a choice of “bread or rice”.  I wonder what Japanese residents will be choosing this year?

Nameko mushrooms grown in the open air in Soma, a city about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the crippled plant, were found to contain nine times the legal limit of cesium, the local government said yesterday. Japan’s farm ministry asked growers in Fukushima prefecture to refrain from harvesting mushrooms off raw wood left outside, public broadcaster NHK said today.

Japan is under pressure to enhance safety inspection of foods, as it has no centralized system for detecting radiation contamination. Authorities in Fukushima and neighboring prefectures are conducting spot checks on products in cooperation with local farmers.

Half of Japan’s rice crop is grown within the radius of possible contamination from the nuclear plant damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and farmers are awaiting the results of tests before harvesting begins this month. Radiation exceeding safety levels has been found in produce, tea, milk, fish and beef sourced as far as 360 kilometers from the nuclear plant.

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