You may or may not have heard about Fukushima's radiation but yes, Fukushima's radiation have contaminated the sea waters. So what's the big ideal about radiation? Radiation is basically an excess amount of energy emmitted by unstable nuclear which can inflict critical damage to your body biologically. Now that you know, you are worried about Japanese seafood particularly since you're a huge fan of sushi and sashimi. So, what if the seafood you had been eating is contaminated with the radiation? Are you going to get cancer? Will you die?
How It All Started In 2011, Fukushima located in the eastern edge of Japan was ravaged by tsunami. Not only did the killer waves claims over 18,000 people, it brought down the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant as well. Since the plant was located near the shores, radiation escaped into the waters. Although it has already been 7 years, the problem is possibly far from over since 300 to 450 tons of contaminated water has been released into the sea. Even up till now, the water still contains traces of radioactive iodine, cesium and strontium-89 and 90.
Many of the fish caught in the region have been affected by the radiation tragedy and did not pass the radiation test even after the government and the scientific community put in their best effort to salvage the problem. Some scientists claimed that the level of radiation may lead to health problems in the future.
But luckily for us, the most updated news is happy news! Senior environmental scientists have found out that the disaster only contributed to a fraction of a percent to the radiation that is already existing in the sea, 99% of which is naturally occuring. With that being said, we can carry on eating pacific fishes without worrying about radiation because after all they would have far less radiation within them as compared to the amount of radiation you'll get by flying in a plane on vacation.
So now that you know that the seafood are safe, what would you have for dinner? Sushi or sashimi are still excellent choices!