Thanks for all your comments. Being about food, I guessed this topic would be of interest to quite a few of you!
As some of you mentioned, there have been lots of scandals about this in other countries as well. As amo said, there was a big one in Europe last year about the use of horse meat in “beef” products.
The thing that interests me about this news story the most is that it is another example of Japanese people losing trust in the authorities. I think Japanese people are brought up to naturally trust “senior” people and people in authority, but that trust was destroyed by the Fukushima disaster, and now it is being challenged again. I have a suspicion that we will see many more of these kinds of scandals as Japanese people stop being so trusting and Japanese society becomes more open.
Unfortunately, I think that the current scandal will just follow the standard pattern:
1) Company denies everything.
2) Company admits “mistakes.”
3) Senior executive bows on television and resigns.
4) Senior executive is given a nice job with another company.
5) Business carries on as usual.
That may be a cynical view, but that is exactly what happened at Fukushima, so I don’t think we can hope for anything more this time.
Anyway, here is some feedback on your comments.
I think there are two reasons why these kinds of deceptions happen. One is very simple: profit comes first. The other reason is the obsession Japanese people have for brand names.
I think that is a very astute analysis.
Food labelling fraud is revealing almost everyday.
… almost every day. (A-Z: everyday)
I don’t care whether the food is bland one or not as far as the food is tasty and not unsafe
I don’t care whether the food has a brand or not as long as it is tasty and safe.
but I have no practical impact directly on this issue ,so that it don’t make me so angry.
but it doesn’t affect me directly, so it doesn’t make me all that angry.
I thought it was not such a serious crime at first,
I didn’t think it was such a serious crime at first, (A-Z: negative sentence word order)
However, I guess very few people can tell the difference between organic vegetables and some others with lots of pesticide.
That’s a very good point.
I don’t think they should be forgiven by just bowing or making excuses to people.
I’m afraid they will, though!
If so, wouldn’t you really get angry if someone palmed you off with a fake ROLEX?
That’s a good example too. I changed my mind based on this and the organic vegetable argument mentioned above.
Having said that, I’m tired of people who show off their knowledge about wine pretending to know everything, too!
A friend of mine said there was a program on Japanese TV where they did “blind” taste tests between expensive and cheap wines. Not surprisingly, he said, they found out that nobody could tell the difference.
When I consider above sentence, if a greater number of Japanese woman can raise their voice in their everyday lives like all of you in this blog, it will be effect as big power for maintain the social justice.
Thinking about the above sentence, it struck me that if more Japanese women raised their voices like all of you do on this blog, it would have a big effect on social justice.
so I couldn’t be indifferent to the Nara’s case particularly.
so the Nara case particularly bothered me.
If I were a pesrson in charge of this hotel, what can I do something?
If I were in charge of this hotel, would I be able to do anything?
Why do they use such dangerous chemical for food?
I think you’ll find that a lot of dangerous chemicals are used in food. The reason is always the same – to make more money.
Exactly, but it seems almost impossible to avoid all chemicals unless we grow or make everything for ourselves.
This is a big topic of debate in the UK too. Food companies make very unhealthy food, but the government won’t stop them because they have very powerful lobby groups and they pay a lot of money to politicians. It’s the same all over the world.
That’s all for today. Have a great weekend.