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Thai sushi lovers aid recovery of Fukushima's fishing fleet

Exports of fresh fish raise hopes for area hit by 2011 nuclear disaster

Flounder are bled to preserve their freshness before they are exported in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Photo by Keisuke Kurotaki)

FUKUSHIMA, Japan -- Fish caught off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture has been exported to Thailand, marking a step toward recovery for the northeastern Japanese region still hurting from the 2011 earthquake and nuclear plant meltdowns.

Organizers of the shipment believe that business conditions have changed since 2018, when restaurants in Bangkok serving fish from Fukushima as part of a promotional fair were forced to stop due to protests from consumer groups.

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