Fukushima chef exports Japanese fish to feed World Cup team in Brazil
While some diners as far from Fukushima as, well, Vancouver are worried about the effect of radiation leaks on seafood, members of Japan's national soccer team apparently aren't among them.
The chef for the Japanese squad at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil also runs a restaurant back home that feeds workers from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. Chef Yoshiteru Nishi planned to fly a "few hundred kilograms" of fish, including sablefish and mackerel, from Japan to Brazil for his team, according to a story posted earlier this month by the Japan News.
“If the national team plays good games, I believe devastated areas will become lively once more, which will lead to their restoration. To make that happen, I’d like to fight alongside them in the kitchen and play an important supporting role for them,” Nishi said.
The story noted that Nishi planned to source most of the ingredients for the team's World Cup meals in São Paulo, where there's an "abundance of Japanese ingredients in the supermarkets".
On the subject of Fukushima, Nishi told the Asahi Shimbun earlier this month: "I wanted to contribute to the recovery effort by preparing tasty meals for the workers."