Friday, January 24, 2014

Taka Update January 24, 2014

 Taka Update January 24, 2014
Fish delivery and more
Tuna supply is same as last week. We sometimes carry Big eye tuna but from Hawaii and very lean with no toro. Or we carry Yellow fin tuna. Of course, Yellow fin tuna does not have any of toro. Even the bad weather (drought ) in CA, Uni supply is no problem. They worry about wine making next year. Some fish are not available this weekend like Kinme-Dai, Aka-Mutsu. I have Iidako, Baby Octopus this weekend.
I will play golf this Sunday but not sure. Green are frozen already and will not melt until next weekend. Playing tennis is also too cold to do it. I just stay home and do easy exercise.
Radioactive cesium uptake continues in fish off the coast of Fukushima
It has been almost three years, and Fukushima continues to endanger the biosphere. A study published in the October 2013 Journal of Environmental Radioactivity on the effects of the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in marine life confirms that radioactive cesium is continuing to be concentrated in the Pacific Ocean's aquatic food chain.

While cesium-134 has a half-life of just over two years, cesium-137's half life is over 30 years. Although the radioactive concentrations found differ amongst various types of ocean life, in the years following the disaster, researchers have continued to frequently detect cesium-134 and cesium-137 concentrations above the set regulatory limit of 100 becquerels per kilogram. Sixty-three different species in 2011 and 41 species in 2012 were found to exceed radioactive cesium levels in this study, and the main source of cesium appears to be detritus within ocean sediment.

Detrirus, or the non-living organic material that settles on the sea floor, is a very important substance for cycling the ocean's nutrients, and it essentially serves as the basis for the ocean's foodweb. So what this research shows is that the literal bottom of the ocean's food chain is being continuously contaminated by Fukushima, a deadly process that has remained constant this entire time since the earthquake and tsunami struck the power plant back in March 2011.

Contamination spreading...
Following the release of this research, the Japanese government-affiliated Fisheries Research Agency reported that fish caught at Fukushima's Niidagawa River about 40 km south of the plant in November 2013 contained 124 times the limit for radioactive cesium at 12,400 Bq/kg. Diet analysis studies of foods such as fruits and mushrooms from Fukushima farms have also been found to be contaminated with cesium.

Blue fin tuna that has made its way across the Pacific to California coastal waters has also been found to be contaminated with cesium. Ocean simulations have shown that a radioactive plume of cesium-137 is due to flow into U.S. coastal waters starting in early 2014 and peaking in 2016, but authorities continue to claim that the radiation will be diluted and pose little threat to humans.
"I couldn't believe that such slipshod work was being done."
New leaks at the Daiichi plant are reported all the time. In December alone, there were reports of five leaks from four different storage tank areas. Just days ago, former Fukushima worker Yoshitatsu Uechi told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper that the plant has been cutting corners on the clean-up of one of the worst disasters in the modern history of the planet, even using simple adhesive tape to cover openings in storage tanks. This corroborates other worker stories coming out of Fukushima. A whistleblower came forward a few months ago with allegations that the clean-up efforts there are a sloppy tangle of mostly unsupervised subcontractors linked to the Yakuza, Japan's organized crime syndicate.

It was only recently in the summer of 2013 that officials at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) admitted that the plant has been continuously leaking contaminated, radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean at the rate of some 300 to 400 tons per day, despite repeated denials that this was the case. President and co-founder of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility Gordon Edwards recently said in an interview that it's because the reactor cores have now melted into the ground. Keep in mind that this has been going on for over 1,000 days now, ever since March 11, 2011.

However, once TEPCO finally admitted that hundreds of tons of radioactive groundwater leak into the ocean daily, the power company then attempted to pacify fears by stating that the irradiated groundwater - somehow, amazingly - remains in a 0.3 km zone just in front of the damaged station. The Japanese government apparently stands behind this claim. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution senior scientist Ken Buesseler told Bloomberg in an interview, "These statements like a 0.3 square-kilometer zone are silly. It's not true to the science."
This is from Natural News.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

This is our Bento box for Lunch

I try to make something healthy for my lunch box.
Meat and fish combo are great. And I add some side dishes like Hijiki salad, vegetables and more.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Iidako, Baby Octopus

The season of Iidako is just started. It comes from Japan as raw.


This is after cooked. The body gets red and so cute.
I can do sashimi, tempura.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Taka Update Jan. 15, 2014

 Taka Update January 15, 2014

Fish delivery and more

Cold weather is coming back again!  Golf course greens might be frozen and low chance to play golf this weekend.

Fish supply is not bad except tuna. Japanese fish supply is back to normal. I have Kasugo-Dai, Baby Sea Bream and Akayagara, Cornet fish for January- February.

Uni is no problem, I have 2-3 trays always.


SushiandPassion Book?

It is just like Opening Restaurant. “Coming soon.” But we don’t know when. I contacted a few times and they said working on it. And I did not get final draft yet. So, I do not mind delaying. Our business is very good and not time to check the final. I will fly to Hawaii memorial weekend and do the job there. That might be better.


One-third of children's lunch boxes contain toxic lead
Environmental regulations since the 1970s have helped to rein in lead, following its universal recognition as a probable human carcinogen and powerful neurotoxin worth avoiding as much as possible. The elimination of lead-based gasoline and paint, as well as the phasing out of numerous industrial and commercial sources of lead has helped improve societal exposure and lower overall burden over the past several decades.

Exposure to lead in developing children, as well as mothers and children during the prenatal period, remains an especially sensitive area, where significant potential for harm exists even from relatively low-level doses. It can irreversibly reduce IQ, impair cognitive function and negatively impact behavior, not only intellectually but socially, as well as damage numerous organs. Thus, even seemingly innocuous sources of lead exposure in children are worthy of attention.
One of the most widely targeted products has been one that comes into close contact both with children and the food they eat: lunch boxes.

The alarm was first sounded by the Center for Environmental Health, based in Oakland, California, which tested dozens of products back in 2005, finding that about 25% of soft vinyl lunch box containers included lead as a stabilizer, which helps the PVC plastic keep its shape. Nevertheless, millions of children were toting them around.

Michael Green, Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Health, pressured manufacturers to get the lead out of their products and avoid the use of PVC, stating "Parents shouldn't have to worry that lead might be lurking in their children's lunch. We urge other manufacturers and retailers to meet the same safety standards quickly, so all children's lunchboxes can be free of lead risks." Many of the offending products were produced inside the United States.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, however, cast doubt on the significance of the findings, claiming their own testing revealed only low levels of lead that presented no immediate harm, despite the fact that the heavy metal accumulates and has been found to cause irreparable damage even in small amounts.

Furthermore, environmental exposure to lead has been found in studies to contribute to population-wide declines in performance, with children - particularly those living in industrialized areas - ranking as the most vulnerable group.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Maguro Kama

This is Maguro Kama, Tuna collar.
You can have it this week.


This is Akayagara. The English name is Cornetfish,

I cannot show you a whole body of fish.
Bluespotted Cornetfish, Fistularia commersonii - aslso known as the Smooth Flutemouth - at Little Brother, Red Sea, Egypt SCUBA.jpg

It is available at TAKA SUSHI. YES!

Taka Update January 09, 2014

 Taka Update January 9, 2014
Fish delivery and more
A good tuna is coming today. This is our first good big eye tuna of this year. It is around 35 lbs and stomach side. I am not sure for toro part. Uni is no problem in winter. And Live scallop and clam are problem because of extremely cold weather in Boston are. Some Japanese fishes are also coming today. I cut Sayori , Namako and add some new fishes. I want to sell season fishes and they are always available.

Is exercise the best medicine? Studies show big benefit
Physical activity may be as effective as medications for preventing early death in some people who've had heart attacks or strokes, a new study suggests.
Exercise may be as effective as medication in preventing early death in people who've had heart attacks or strokes, a new study suggests.
"Doctors should give their patients advice about the lifesaving benefits of exercise, and when possible they should refer patients to rehabilitation programs with exercise programs," says the study's lead author, Huseyin Naci, a fellow at Harvard Medical School and a graduate student at the London School of Economics.
This adds to a large volume of research on the benefits of regular physical activity. Exercise has been shown to lower the risk of early death, help control weight and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, some types of cancer and a host of other conditions. It lowers the risk of cognitive decline and hip fractures.
But only about 21% of adults in the USA meet the government's recommendations for aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise, recent data show.
Naci and a colleague at Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed the results of 305 studies involving 339,274 people. They looked at early death in patients who had had strokes, heart attacks or heart failure or were at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Only about 14,700 people participated in exercise trials. Exercise interventions varied among studies, but patients who had a stroke usually did a combination of aerobic and strength-training exercises.
• Among stroke patients, exercise was more effective than drugs. However, stroke patients who are capable of exercising may have been healthier to begin with than those who couldn't exercise, Naci says.
• For people who had heart failure, diuretic drugs were more effective than exercise and all other types of drug treatment.
• For patients who had had heart attacks, exercise appeared to be as effective as drugs in preventing early deaths, Naci says.
• For people with prediabetes, neither exercise nor drugs reduced their risk of early death, but this may be due to the small number of people with this condition in the studies, he says. "We know from previous research that exercise is beneficial for this population.
"One limitation of this analysis is there were far fewer people who were exercising in these studies than taking medications. Exercise as treatment is something that has been under-researched," he adds.
He says more trials comparing the effectiveness of exercise and drugs are needed to help doctors and patients make the best treatment decisions. "Exercise should be considered as a viable alternative to, or in combination with medications."
New York cardiologist Richard Stein, a spokesman for the American Heart Association, says, "We are left with the same message we had before: Exercise therapy works. Drug therapy works. The combination of the two is the most reasonable approach."
Timothy Church, a physician and director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, says the latest findings make "sense to me when you consider that exercise strengthens all parts of the human machine — the heart, the liver, the brain, the blood vessels, the muscles."
"Health care providers struggle with the concept that exercise alone provides significant clinical benefit. This study is encouraging because we need more work and discussion on this, partly as it relates to healthy aging.
"The most powerful thing you can do for your health is become active," he says.
The government's physical activity guidelines recommend getting at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging.
The guidelines also recommend that adults do muscle-strengthening activities, such as push-ups, sit-ups or exercises using resistance bands or weights. These activities should involve all major muscle groups and be done on two or more days a week, the guidelines say.

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