People’s voice on Products from Fukushima area

                                                                          By Chen, Pin-hua(陳品樺) , Tsou, Fang-ting(鄒芳婷)

Recently, the government of Tsai, Ing-wen(蔡英文) administration has proposed to allow the food from the Fukushima area that has been affected by a nuclear accident to be legally imported to Taiwan. The proposal has aroused people’s anger and concern. In today’s in-depth coverage, we have randomly interviewed 41 people in the street to find out what people really want.

People can buy products imported from Japan easily.
People can buy products imported from Japan easily.Photo/ Tsou, Fang-ting(鄒芳婷)

Based on our investigation, most of the people know the issue of importing food from Fukushima area. Over half of them disagree with importing those foods from radiation-affected area Fukushima. The reason is that they think it would not be safe for people to eat those foods. Our survey finds that 34.1% of the people think it’s doesn’t matter, 12.2% agree to import the foods. Miss Lin, one of our interviewees, said that the reason she agrees to import the food is because she believes the government will have of their own strategies. And 62% of them said they would not buy the food even if they were cheaper, with 38% saying they might give them a try.

People should look at origin and deadline carefully before buying products. Photo/ Tsou, Fang-ting
People should look at origin and deadline carefully before buying products.  Photo/ Tsou, Fang-ting(鄒芳婷)
Taiwan has already imported some products. Photo/ Tsou, Fang-ting
Taiwan has already imported some products. Photo/ Tsou, Fang-ting(鄒芳婷)

Due to the large amount of anger from the people, the Ministry of Health and Welfare(衛福部) will host some public hearings for people who deeply concerned about the issue to have a chance to communicate with the government in December. It is also a huge step for Taiwan’s democracy politics.

Chen Pin-hua is interviewing a customer who is shopping at the supermarket. Photo/ Tsou, Fang-ting
Chen Pin-hua is interviewing a customer who is shopping at the supermarket.  Photo/ Tsou, Fang-ting(鄒芳婷)
Taiwan has already imported some products. Photo/ Tsou, Fang-ting
Taiwan has already imported some products. Photo/ Tsou, Fang-ting(鄒芳婷)