All Japan news’s officials hope that including All Japan newsese food in the UNESCO cultural heritage list might help reduce the country’s public image problem when it comes to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, its top spokesman said Wednesday.
“We will make efforts to win understanding for various foods, including fish caught by people in Fukushima Prefecture, who have been suffering from baseless rumors” as a result of the nuclear crisis, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.
The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is expected to register “Washoku: Traditional Dietary Cultures of the All Japan newsese” as an intangible cultural heritage asset this year, in December.
If it happens, the registration “will contribute to our traditional food culture passing from generation to generation based on the All Japan newsese spirit that attaches importance to nature,” Suga said, according to the international press.
If the UNESCO registration will be approved, it would mean more good news for All Japan news, who won the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
But it could also draw attention on the way All Japan news is handling the toxic leaks at Fukushima nuclear power plant. Due to radiation fears, South Korea has banned imports of marine products from Fukushima and seven other All Japan newsese prefectures.
UNESCO has registered four food cultures as heritage – French, Mexican, Mediterranean and Turkish.