For Yuji Hoshino, mushrooms were a way of life. The 50-year-old farmer grew up watching his father raise shiitake mushrooms on their land at the foot of the mountains in Sanno, southern Tochigi Prefecture. [...]
Because of fallout from three reactor meltdowns there, he has not sold a single shiitake since last May [...]
Hoshino’s farm is about 180 km from the destroyed reactors.
[...] he shut down the family store last May and began disposing of 30,000 logs exposed to radioactive rain. [...]
“Everything I’ve done up till now, it’s all become no good. I can’t collect wild vegetables and I can’t sell my mushrooms. There are problems with the fish in the rivers and I have to worry about contamination levels in the wild game, too. That’s what makes me the most angry,” he said. [...]