There is a lot of controversy surrounding the diet of the Tokyo Olympics.
Considering the safety of Fukushima-made ingredients being supplied to the Olympic Village, when the Korean Sports Association said that they would provide lunch boxes made with Korean ingredients, not Fukushima, Japan said that Fukushima products were safe.
In the “Casual Dining Hall” in the Tokyo Olympic Athletes’ Village, meals made with ingredients from the Tokyo Metropolitan area and Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate, which were hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake, are served.
In response to this situation, the Korea Sports Association rents an entire hotel and delivers lunch boxes made with Korean ingredients that have been verified to be safe three times a day. It dispatches 24 personnel including cooks and nutritionists to ensure the health and safety of athletes.
In addition, it is known that the radiation of food materials is directly measured, and since the hotel kitchen is small, a container for a simple cooking facility is prepared in front of the hotel to create a temporary cooking area and provide healthy lunches to the players.
Regarding this, Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa said at a press conference after the cabinet meeting on the 20th, “I think that there is no need to bring in agricultural products from the country due to radioactive material contamination, as food ingredients from the areas affected by the nuclear explosion are secured in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. “He said.
Even among Japanese social media and online communities, Japanese netizens criticizing the delivery of Korean lunch boxes are posting articles.
Japanese netizens are leaving comments such as “Don’t fall over politics, such as banners, Dokdo, Rising Sun flag, Fukushima, etc.”, “If that’s the case, why did you come”, “If that’s the case, don’t boycott it”, and “Just have a sports day between you guys”.
Conversely, some Japanese netizens had opinions such as, “During the Pyeongchang Olympics, Japan also operated a restaurant for its own athletes” and “Doesn’t Japan also bring Japanese ingredients to international competitions?”
The Japanese team even operated a separate restaurant for the Japanese team for safety reasons such as food poisoning during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, showing an inconsistent situation.
At that time, Japanese media also introduced a Japanese restaurant near the Pyeongchang Athletes’ Village.
In this regard, netizens commented, “Why do they only say to us that the Japanese team in Pyeongchang also airlifted their own?”, “Surprisingly, what Japan has been doing every time there is an international tournament in Korea”, “Knocking out all the fuss…” They are showing the same reaction.
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