Will you temporarily stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

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Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

Yes (wait till next year harvest just to be safe than sorry)
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No (buy like usual)
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Will you temporarily stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by auhckw » Mar 18th 11 3:20 am

With the news going on about radiation in Japan, how does it affect your buying decision?

Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens for this year?

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by Chip » Mar 18th 11 3:29 am

I will continue to purchase Japanese teas! I will frame the fancy Japanese pouches for remembrance of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear "disaster." Remembrance of the lives lost, the suffering, the magnitude of the disaster, and of the Japanese perseverance even in disaster.

Why penalize them for these disasters. Obviously I will be watching the path of the radiation, and I may move more purchases to southern growing regions.

And their recovery depends on continued support.

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by entropyembrace » Mar 18th 11 3:49 am

I´m not concerned about radiation from the damaged nuclear plant affecting the tea I purchase in any way and I will continue to purchase tea regularily from Japan.

If you understand the situation you would realize that the radiation levels are only consequential immediately surrounding the reactor site. Most tea in Japan is grown hundreds of kms away to the south. Most of the radioactivity in the affected area will disappear in hours once the leaks are stopped....and as far as I know there´s no tea growing there anyway.

togei, Robert, and John have good posts about the radiation scare here http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f= ... 05#p191777

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by fire_snake » Mar 18th 11 3:52 am

Should be good to go.

For instance, Hibiki-an's farms are in the Kyoto area - far, far away from where the problems are. Apparently Kyoto is not registering any radiation levels.

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by debunix » Mar 18th 11 3:55 am

I'll be wanting to support their economy by buying Japanese teas; I don't see any likelihood of radiation risk from the tea. I'd be more concerned about whether they have shortages of manpower to pick at the right time, with so many needs elsewhere.

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by Catfur » Mar 18th 11 3:58 am

This Nuclear Safety Expert won't stop drinking Japanese tea.

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by IPT » Mar 18th 11 4:17 am

I won't. Most of the tea production areas are far from the reactors, so I'm not worried.

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by karmaplace » Mar 18th 11 5:00 am

If I really felt there were a risk, I'd look closely at where the tea I was purchasing was coming from, but as others have said, the tea is quite a safe distance away from the reactors.

I'm going to keep buying as usual and hope it helps in some way.

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by Jayaratna » Mar 18th 11 6:31 am

Dear all,

I replied yes because imports fromJapan have been stopped here. I'm drinking my last drops of sencha. I was planning to get some shincha and more sencha in April, but there's no possibility to get anything here for now.

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by Oni » Mar 18th 11 6:49 am

I am sure that they will analyze their tea for radiation, and Uji is far away from the reactor, I will surely buy shincha from maiko this year, I am concerned about o-cha`s shincha.

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by David R. » Mar 18th 11 8:44 am

I have full confidence in our vendors to provide info regarding this as I imagine it will be a major concern for some people. I am also sure that Teachat will be a great place to discuss it.

As for me, I WILL buy shincha and other delicacies from Japan, and still project a trip in Japan next fall.

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by Xell » Mar 18th 11 9:13 am

No damage to tea plantations and they are far south from nuclear power plant. I'm more concerned with seafood that will be sold in Japan. I hope nothing serious will leak to ocean.

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by Kevangogh » Mar 18th 11 9:49 am

Why would you be concerned with that? We get the teas from the same areas other vendors do, and they are hermetically sealed. I wouldn't sell radioactive tea. If there is any possibility of the tea becoming radioactive, I certainly wouldn't be exposing my body to it.

We left Fukushima temporarily because it seemed the prudent thing to do. That said, I know plenty of people who are still there and so far, they are safe. Just waiting it out a bit to see how it goes down.

I'm sure there will be those who use unfortunate event as a selling point, guaranteed that will happen. Likewise, I can see where customers might be concerned about this, even though in reality I don't think there is a reason to be. But that is the reality. So for those reasons, I am seriously considering taking up the gracious invitation I have received to make a move to Uji. Not sure, but thinking about it.
Oni wrote:I am sure that they will analyze their tea for radiation, and Uji is far away from the reactor, I will surely buy shincha from maiko this year, I am concerned about o-cha`s shincha.

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by Chasm » Mar 18th 11 11:02 am

Kevangogh wrote:
We left Fukushima temporarily because it seemed the prudent thing to do.
Oh good, I'm glad you are safe, not so much over worry about radiation, but because of the devastation and shortage of supplies in that area.

I'm an electric power systems research engineer, and have spent months on sites where I wore a radiation dosimeter all the time. I saw no reason for concern then, and I see no reason for concern now over O-Cha's teas, either existing stock or new. Between the excellent packaging and the fact that I'm sure they don't store their stock outside, I can't see how it would come to radiation harm, and I would have bought some a few days ago if their shop were not temporarily closed.

The tea growing regions aren't anywhere close to the plant that had difficulty.

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Re: Will you temporary stop purchasing Japanese Greens?

by Chesslover » Mar 18th 11 11:28 am

I hope things will be put under control somehow, because i can not imagine life without sencha (mainly O-cha's)...