Recently the Asahi News reported the following:
A tavern that would use the produce from Fukushima Prefecture in its dishes would be open in Tokyo on the 20th. It was start-up by a man whose parents' family was in the same disaster struck prefecture. It was said that in order not to be defeated by the negative rumors caused by the nuclear accident, and for the wish to show that the prefecture was a place where delicious and safe products were produced, it was carried out.
It was five-minute walking distance from Keio Inogashira Line Takaido Station in Suginami Ward. It was on the first floor in a multi-tenant building; with a friend Kenji Suzuki (29) was speeding up the preparation for the opening of a small shop that its counters and seats could form 20 small tables in total. Hanging at the store front was a shop curtain dyed with the words "Yonnanadainingu Fukushima".
Mr. Suzuki was the president of a event company of the local government that helped sightseeing advertisements and the exhibition of local product etc. While in the process of planning the setting up of restaurants and the movable stalls to introduce the food ingredients of each administrative divisions, and opening the first shop in Fukushima, the earthquake struck his hometown.
His parents' family in Iwaki City had open an ice manufacturing company near the fishing port and it was completely swamped by the tsunami. His home was flooded, and local fishery continued to be suspended because of the nuclear accident. In April, "wanting to do something", the movable stall car "Kitchen Car" was made ready and driven towards the vicinity, meals for 500 victims were dished out.
After the earthquake, the menu was stuck to Fukushima products only, and the opening the shop was one month or more behind the the original plan due to the earthquake. "Boubou grill" was the grilling of mackerel pike grounded fish meat mixed with spring onion, ginger, and the miso, it was a local specialty of Iwaki.
However, because of the fishing suspension, only frozen mackerel pike landed in Fukushima before the earthquake could be used.
As much as possible vegetables from Fukushima would be used, if it could not be obtained, priority would be given to the product of other stricken areas such as Miyagi and Iwate.
Customers might have radiation conscious sentiment and might feel uneasy, too. Mr Suzuki said that ｢Goods that come into the market are those that have safety confirmation. I want you enjoy the taste from Fukushima at ease ｣.
The sake of Fukushima was also arranged in the shop. The tableware used were local pottery; the pamphlet introducing the speciality was also displayed. Sales using the kitchen car was scheduled to be started shortly.
To save the economy, local governments in tsunami struck prefectures are trying their best to revive the confidence of the customers.