Monday, June 6, 2016

Have you heard of the "Cesium-san" incident?

On August 4th 2011 (same year as the Fukushima Accident), Tokai Television aired a highly inappropriate slide during a shopping show:

Rough translation:

Summer Holiday Giveaway
Iwate-produced Hitomebore Rice 10kg winners:

Suspicious Rice

Suspicious Rice

Contaminated Rice

Video is here. The slide was apparently supposed to be used only for testing (which is bad enough). They later hand-wrote the panel:

This was aired exactly when the radioactive fallout was a public concern. It caused major outcry from viewers and rice farmers. The person responsible was fired.

Wikipedia article (Japanese)

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