All the plastic that's left after making dinner in Japan

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, June 18, 2019
  • The Washington Post's Simon Denyer goes shopping in a Tokyo grocery store for salad ingredients and finds each vegetable is individually sealed in plastic. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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  • C. Lincoln

    C. Lincoln

     3 months ago

    Japan is responsible for 70% of the world's plastic problem, even though the only make up 1% of the world population. Shame on them.

  • malenotyalc


     4 months ago

    And they dump it all in the Pacific Ocean.

  • Sheriyar Khani

    Sheriyar Khani

     4 months ago +1

    This can be good because the foor will stay fresh so there will be less food wasted in the country and maybe every 5 days the store need new stock instead of 1. Think about it!

  • TheJapanChannelDcom


     4 months ago

    So, the dude purposefully bought as much individually wrapped stuff as he could to try to make his "story" as dramatic as possible. We make 3 meals a day in Japan for a whole family and don't use anywhere near that amount. The foreign press LOVE exaggerating crap like this about Japan and are more about views than accuracy.

  • gravityking


     4 months ago +2

    Someone needs to invent fake plastic made from soy/rice and hemp.

  • davenetdog


     4 months ago +3

    We need an edible plasticwrap

  • keithtko


     4 months ago

    At least their garbage don’t end up on street they are recycled. But westerners loves to point fingers.

  • midcent73b


     4 months ago +1

    According to Plastic waste generation per person (2010), daily plastic waste generation per person, measured in kilograms per person per day.
    USA 0.34 Kg
    United Kingdom 0.21 Kg
    Japan 0.17 Kg
    This measures the overall per capita plastic waste generation rate prior to waste management, recycling or incineration. It does not therefore directly indicate the risk of pollution to waterways or marine environments.

  • D. R.

    D. R.

     4 months ago +1

    It's the same in America. Democrats scream about plastic hurting the environment. It use to be better but Democrats were screaming about paper, saying it was harming the environment and saying plastic was safer and reusable. Getting rid of the Democrats would be better and safer for the environment and much more cost efficient.

  • かいとたなおか


     4 months ago +1

    We will make Japan great again!!

  • Anon


     4 months ago +5

    But why do they wrap the potato???

  • Stephen Willis

    Stephen Willis

     4 months ago

    The United States has just as much, if not more, plastic waste for a single meal. Very misleading.

  • Jeremy Boulat

    Jeremy Boulat

     4 months ago

    having lived in Japan for 11 years, until last year in 2018, I was always shocked at the front. Japan put up... What I mean... Japan pretends to be an eco-friendly country, but it's carbon footprint is gigantic! There are plastic wrappings on each individual candy in every single box. The amount of trash you can put out every week is unlimited. It was ridiculous to see how much more trash Japan produces per capita and its neighboring countries of Korea or Taiwan who in Japan's image are not considered as clean.

  • King D

    King D

     4 months ago +1

    How much plastic on a Lexus HS 250h, GX 460 and LC 500h?

  • Juls


     4 months ago +7

    This is what the ocean inhabitants will be eating for dinner. This is wasteful and truly bad for the environment!

  • Yannis Fotiadis

    Yannis Fotiadis

     4 months ago +2

    worldwide problem shame on us

  • Jarid Gaming

    Jarid Gaming

     4 months ago +2

    Come on Japan you are worse then the USA and we practically breath plastic. You're better then that. Help lead change in your community and petition to your local leaders.

  • alex agranados

    alex agranados

     4 months ago +3

    Shame ON you JAPAN you guys live in 2030 you can fix this problem

  • HiSomebody TrackingMuch?

    HiSomebody TrackingMuch?

     4 months ago +12

    This is awful. Why are people on this thread defending this? This is completely wasteful, and truly awful.

  • Ellen Kelley

    Ellen Kelley

     4 months ago

    Geeze! & then they take it out to sea & dump the majority of it.