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DC Report: On the Ground in Tokyo

Hager, Mary H. PhD, RD

doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e3182217615
Nutrition Policy

This is a firsthand report about food and water safety in Tokyo immediately after The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. The quake and attendant tsunami ravaged northern Japan's agricultural and fishery business and damaged the Fukushima nuclear energy plant, raising concerns about radionuclide safety of Japanese food imports. In corporation with the international community, Japan diligently monitored the safety of its agricultural and fishery products to ensure a safe food supply. As of April 2011, governments such as that of the United States have determined that the impact is minimal, if measurable at all

Our peripatetic Washington correspondent provides a firsthand view of the tragic situation this spring in Japan from a nutritional perspective.

Mary H. Hager, PhD, RD, with a background in higher education, social services, and the food and drug industries, Dr Hager most recently worked as a government relations professional advocating for sound nutrition, food, and health public policy at the federal level. In March 2011, she moved to Tokyo, Japan, to take up full-time alien residency for 3 years. Although a native of Southern California, she explored the greater United States and earned her bachelor's degree (with distinction) at the University of Delaware and completed a dietetic internship at the University of Michigan Hospital before embarking on graduate studies at the University of California, Davis. There she earned an MS and PhD in nutrition with concentrations in endocrinology and physiological chemistry. She enjoys international travel, endurance athletics, music, and her cats and is thankful for her husband and 2 daughters.

Correspondence: Mary H. Hager, PhD, RD,

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.