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It’s good to see The Japan Times covering the issue of radiation in food. Tomoko Otake’s Sept. 20 article, “Hold the cesium: ways to reduce radiation in your diet,” contained useful information, but I would take issue with one point.

Otake writes that “since the disaster struck, the government has been monitoring radiation levels of food from Fukushima and neighboring prefectures.” This is not entirely correct: The national government is not monitoring food; it has instructed local authorities to do so. The monitoring is not mandatory.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
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