It was fine on Thursday, I had been blessed with time and a good textbook for programming language, thus so happy, except the news I’ve heard on that day. In some rice crops in Fukushima an amount of radioactive cesium over the permitted level was detected. The news seemed to run around the world.

It was a tragedy. Since March 11 Farmers in Fukushima and north-eastan area had made a great effort to recover their production. That effort was ruined.

Rice has a significant meaning in Japanese life. It symbolizes japanese agriculture. After the World War II rice crops were encouraged in order to supply food to the folks. Then all rice crops were bought by the government, in order to stabilize its supply and price.
Afterwards production of rice was restricted, because its consumption was decreased each year. Anyway, rice farmers have had a close relationship with the national policy.There might have been both virtue and defect about it, but it is clear, that rice farmers in Japan have a pride and high motivation, that they are producing the food of the nation.

Indeed, rice is something special for Japanese consumers, too. Though many people had said before “I don’t eat rice – I prefer bread,” when the earthquake occurred, there was a panic for buying rice. For two weeks or so after the earthquake, rice packages had been instantly bought away, as soon as it was supplied in any stores.

For harvest of rice there are many process. Preparing the soil, setting young plants, protecting them from diseases or insects, keeping water in the paddle, cropping, drying, and refinement.
Why do I know so in detail about it? I’m not from a farmer’s family. But I learned about rice agriculture at the elementary school.

The shameful failure in atomic energy management has at last perished such historical and fundamental industry of its own land. Who would pay for it with what?


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