Author: Tine Walravens | Pages: 115–133
As a flag of national identity, food provides a promising referential framework through which a sense of belonging is communicated, negotiated and challenged. In this article, I focus on the nexus between food safety and identity, and more particularly on the question of how food safety incidents regarding imported Chinese goods have affected the formation of Japanese national identity. Japanese government agencies long claimed that Japan's regulatory system and import measures guarantee the safest food in the world. On the public as well as the elite level, discourse about food scandals (especially when directed against a clear 'Other') thus represent a very promising and fruitful source for defining changing national identities.