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Minister Hwang Hee “I never ordered food from Fukushima not to be eaten”

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Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Hwang Hee gives a business report at a plenary meeting held at the National Assembly Culture, Sports and Tourism Committee in Yeouido, Seoul on the 13th. Photo = Newsis/Joint coverage photo

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hwang Hee told Kyodo News on the 24th, “The Korean government has never given the Olympic athletes any orders not to eat food from Fukushima Prefecture.”

According to the report, Minister Hwang answered a question from Kyodo News while visiting the Olympic Main Press Center (MPC) in Koto-ku, Tokyo on the same day.

When Minister Hwang asked a reporter about the reason for providing lunch boxes to the Korean athletes, he said, “The food service center is operated every time during the Olympics. It’s because of the players’ condition and food that suits their mouths, and only the players who want to eat the lunch box,” he explained. “The food service center seems to be misunderstood,” he added.

Currently, in the Tokyo Olympic Athletes’ Village, meals made with ingredients produced in Fukushima Prefecture, where the nuclear power plant explosion occurred, are provided to athletes. However, the Korea Sports Association is providing lunch boxes made with Korean ingredients to our athletes by setting up a separate catering center in a hotel near the athletes’ village. However, the Japanese government expressed displeasure. Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa said, “The safety of Fukushima’s ingredients is secured based on relevant laws and regulations,” and Masahisa Sato, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Foreign Ministry, vehemently criticized it as “an act of trampling on the hearts of Fukushima residents.” .In this regard, Jang In-hwa, the head of the Korean Olympic team at the Tokyo Olympics, appeared on CBS Radio’s ‘Kim Hyun-jung’s News Show’ on the 23rd and said, “The operation of the food service center is a program that the Korea Sports Association has been running for athletes since the 2004 Athens Olympics.” “Japan reacted too sensitively.” I think I did,” he pointed out.

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Correspondent Kim So-young, Donga.com [email protected]

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