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Japan’s stores begin rationing supplies

Canada joins other countries in stopping food imports


 

Radiation fears in Japan have prompted stores to ration supplies as some countries have halted food imports. The purchase of essentials such as milk, rice and toilet paper has been limited while supermarkets have sold out of water. Manufacturers and importers of bottled water have ramped up production to meet the increasing demand, and households with infants will get three half-litre bottles of water each. Water distribution centres have been established to provide children under a year old, after Japanese officials reported that radioactive iodine levels in tap water were considered unsafe for infants. Meanwhile, Canada, Australia and Singapore have joined a growing list of countries that have blocked food imports from Japan, but the overall impact on the Japanese economy is reported to be relatively small. Japan exported only $3.27 billion worth of food products in 2009, while it imported $53.5 billion.

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Japan’s stores begin rationing supplies

  1. Japanese people will take this in stride, sharing what they have and barring themselves from limited supply in favor of the young or fragile.

    I recall a video of a gym in Japan where one small rice ball had to do for two people. Instead of charging the counters the people lined up without threat of any kind and waited patiently for their turn. No pushing, shoving gouging!

    If this rationing took place in the US there would be riot and mayhem across the land.

    I think people in Canada can learn from this comparison.

  2. Japanese people will take this in stride, sharing what they have and barring themselves from limited supply in favor of the young or fragile.

    I recall a video of a gym in Japan where one small rice ball had to do for two people. Instead of charging the counters the people lined up without threat of any kind and waited patiently for their turn. No pushing, shoving gouging!

    If this rationing took place in the US there would be riot and mayhem across the land.

    I think people in Canada can learn from this comparison.

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