Canadian public-health officials have consistently downplayed any danger from the crippled Fukushima nuclear-power plant.
Adding fuel to the fire, a recent Reuters article posted on the Scientific American website includes a startling admission from the head of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority.
Shunichi Tanaka told reporters that he believes "contamination of the sea had been continuing since the March 2011 catastrophe".
"It was contaminated at the time of the accident, but I think it has been continuing for the last two years," Tanaka said, according to Reuters. "Coming up with countermeasures against all possible scenarios is a top priority."
In addition, Reuters reported that the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which owns the facility, "has acknowledged problems are mounting at the plant north of Tokyo".
Straight contributor Alex Roslin reported last year that 56 percent of Japanese fish catches tested by the Japanese government were contaminated with cesium-137 and -134.
This year, the Asahi Shumbun newspaper in Japan reported record levels of radiation in fish caught near the power plant, which was overwhelmed by a 2011 tsunami.
According to Industry Canada's "Trade Data Online" website, Japan exported $16.15 million worth of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, and other aquatic invertebrates to this country in 2012.
Earlier this year, B.C. public-health official Eric Young told the Tyee: "I would eat fish from Japan, absolutely."
In the past, Canadian government officials have adopted a "shoot the messenger" approach when the Straight has brought the radiation issue to the public's attention.
Nobody should expect that to change, even as a top Japanese regulator fears that radioactive water continues spewing into the Pacific Ocean.