In the wake of 3-11, convenience store chain 7-11 claimed to support Tohoku farmers by raising the content of their ″onigiri″ rice balls, the equivalent of a Japanese sandwich, up to 60％ as explained in the Nikkei article below. Besides rice-based products, such as rice cracker biscuits and snacks, rice noodles, Seven-Eleven sold at least nori sea weed, pork and miso soybean paste from the no man’s land in a sudden philanthropic streak started last April. Five months later, with the Japanese government promoting lies such as food being safe from anywhere but Fukushima, we can be sure that the range of tainted products sold is much more extensive.
7-11, the 5th largest retailer in the world, is in fact the world’s largest operator, franchisor and licensor of convenience stores, with almost 40,000 outlets, surpassing the previous record-holder McDonald’s Corporation in 2007 by approximately 1,000 retail stores. 7-11 belongs to Japanese Seven & I Holdings Co., Ltd., a holding company set up by Ito Yokado supermarket chain. Other subsidiaries include fast-food chain Denny’s Japan, Seven Bank, Sogo and Seibu department stores and their underground premium food markets.
Rice farmers need loans from bankers. Seven & I Holdings Co. can offer them loans. Rice farmers need outlets for their rice. Seven & I Holdings Co. can sell prepared rice foods such as onigiri rice-balls and sembe crackers at their 7-11 convenience stores, as well as rice bags at their Seibu stores, and rice-based traiteur dishes, fine rice-based desserts and tea-time collations and of course sushi at their Sogo Department stores underground premium food floors – not to mention the Denny’s restaurants. Seven & I Holdings Co. catters to the busy salariman, the broke youth, the gourmet house wives and middle-class families. If indeed they lent money to these rice farmers of Tohoku and eastern Japan, they must support them to get their money back – or they suddenly became philantrops without even a tax break in the deal. The Nikkei article mentions that Seven & I Holdings are among the biggest domestic rice buyers. We got 9-11, 3-11 and now 7-11 to finish us off with contaminated food.
Even outside the no man’s land, 7-11 can dump Cesium milk on you. When you buy, say some milk from a ″Kyoto factory″, it doesn’t guarantee you that your milk came from Kyoto – maybe it does, maybe it was mixed with tainted milk or maybe it is pure slow action poison.
Note to National Security agents： I carefully chose the location for this example to avoid being identified.
Are other convenient stores and supermarkets and department stores and family restaurants and fast-food outlets safer？Probably not. Refrain from eating out, especially in Tokyo. Avoid large chains and franchises headquartered in Tokyo. Prefer western food, wheat used in bread and fresh pasta is mostly imported. Try frozen fish imports.
Original Nikkei article is reproduced hereafter as it may be pulled off later on by censorship :
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Seven-Eleven To Buy More Rice From Battered Tohoku
TOKYO (Nikkei)–The nation’s largest convenience store chain will use more rice from Tohoku starting in mid-May, throwing its market clout behind the region’s down-on-their-luck farmers.
Seven-Eleven Japan Co. will raise the content of Tohoku-grown rice in its “onigiri” rice balls to around 60% from around 50% — an increase equal to 150 million onigiri a year. It plans to keep up the heightened level of procurement for one to three years.
- Tohoku-grown rice will be used in “onigiri.”
The Seven & i Holdings Co. unit ranks among the country’s biggest buyers of rice, taking nearly 2% of the domestic harvest. It used some 150,000 tons in the year through February. Much of it goes into the annual 1.5 billion or so onigiri it sells.
The convenience store operator will buy more rice from its existing Tohoku suppliers in Miyagi, Fukushima and Yamagata prefectures and add Iwate Prefecture growers to its supply chain. When it comes to other rice ball ingredients, Seven-Eleven will use more nori seaweed from the battered Sanriku coast and give preferential treatment to pork and miso soybean paste from the region.
Tohoku farmers took a direct hit from last month’s earthquake and tsunami and now face the more lasting threat of damage to their brand image.
(The Nikkei April 23 morning edition)
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