Taiwan on Monday lifted an import ban on food stuff merchandise from Fukushima and 4 other Japanese prefectures imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Amid endeavours to protected Japanese help for its bid to be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership cost-free trade agreement, Taiwan’s Foodstuff and Drug Administration mentioned that the ban on foodstuff goods from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi and Chiba prefectures will be “modified” centered on challenges — a modify from the ban centered on the output parts.
The ban was lifted besides for particular food merchandise these kinds of as mushrooms and wild animal meat. Food merchandise from the five prefectures however have to have prefecture-precise origin labels and documents proving that they handed radiation inspection.
A fisherman lands fish at a port in Soma in Fukushima Prefecture on April 12, 2021. (Kyodo)
In March 2011, a significant earthquake and tsunami induced meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear electric power plant. Next the disaster, 55 nations around the world and locations introduced import curbs on Japanese foods products, but most have by now lifted them.
In a 2018 referendum, Taiwan voters chose to maintain the ban, following which the governing administration of President Tsai Ing-wen had continued barring foods imports from the prefectures.
But the govt had also argued that comforting the ban would aid Taiwan’s software to be part of the trade offer, formally known as the Detailed and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Japan performed a major purpose in negotiations on the trade pact pursuing the withdrawal of the United States in 2017 through the administration of President Donald Trump.
Taiwan submitted its application in September past yr, just days after mainland China filed its bid for membership.
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