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By Yoree Koh
In a case that has grown to dominate headlines through Japan’s Golden Week holidays and prompted questions about food safety enforcement, authorities on Friday afternoon raided the corporate headquarters of a barbecue restaurant chain operator and a wholesale distributor connected to an outbreak of E.coli food poisoning from a raw beef dish that has led to four deaths and left scores ill. blogs.wsj.com...
E. Coli O157, Food Distribution and the Yakuza -- and Poisoned Children -- a Case of Bacteriological Terrorism?
Synopsis: The E. coli O157 epidemic is a natural byproduct of Japan's food distribution system, which is controlled by bureaucrats, trading companies and agribusiness -- a fourth, silent partner, criminal syndicates, or the yakuza. To understand why Japanese public health officials have failed to stop the spread of the contagion -- and why if became necessary for the Health and Welfare Ministry to launch a media disinformation campaign -- requires a look at how food is distributed in Japan and who does the distributing, pays the bribes and muzzles the law. By Yoichi Clark Shimatsu
O157 Redux: On Sept. 26, the Health and Welfare Ministry led by ''honest reformer'' Naoto Kan, who made his reputation in breaking open the HIV-contaminated blood product scandal but participated in the O157 coverup, reasserted that the stomach bacteria was transmitted in radish sprouts, or kaiware daikon. www.sproutnet.com...