On Wednesday (July 4) thousands of Japanese fish merchants rallied in Tokyo and denounced sea pollution, which they claim is ruining their industry.
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Background: On Wednesday (July 4) thousands of Japanese fish merchants rallied in Tokyo and denounced sea pollution, which they claim is ruining their industry.
At the same time, Tokyo's fish shops closed down in another gesture of protest.
Last week the Japanese government announced "safe limits" for fish consumption, and since then sales have slumped alarmingly. The Government warned that pollution in major fishing grounds had reached a dangerous level, and the Japanese people simply ceased buying what was their staple food.
In another incident, the President of one fish transportation concern committed suicide by dousing himself with petrol, then setting it alight. Police said the reason for his suicide was sluggish business, which followed the government announcements. Fish retailers now claim the Government scared the public needlessly. They say contamination is not as bad as reported, and they're claiming compensation. Already, in some parts of Japan, industrialists have paid large sums in compensation to fishermen, whose livelihood has been threatened.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of fish merchants packed Tokyo's Budokan Hall on Wednesday for a rally, called to denounce sea pollution. The merchants say pollution, coupled with a Government warning on safe limits for fish consumption, is ruining business. They claim fish sales have slumped alarmingly. The Japanese people have simply stopped buying what was their staple food.
The rally was the first made by merchants in a growing wave of protest from the industry. At the same time, all Tokyo's fish shops closed as another gesture of concern.
After their meeting, the fish merchants marched through the streets, taking their grievances to the people. They've claimed the government warning scared the public needlessly, and say the contamination from seaside factories isn't as bad as the reports made out. The Government has now been asked to compensate people whose livelihood has been affected. In some areas, industrialists themselves have paid out large sums to fishermen.
In a tragic sidelight, the President of the firm committed suicide after his business was hit by the boycott.