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Lebanon, UAE lift food import curbs imposed after Fukushima accident

  • December 15, 2020
  • , Kyodo News , 2:53 p.m.
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TOKYO — Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates have lifted all restrictions on food imports from Japan imposed following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, bringing the number of countries and regions still maintaining such trade measures to 16, the farm ministry said Tuesday.


Effective last Thursday, Lebanon will no longer require radiation inspection certificates on all food and feed imports from Japan, while the United Arab Emirates will end its policy of requiring such documents for fishery products from Fukushima, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said.


“We will tenaciously call on (the remaining countries and regions) to ease and eliminate their restrictions,” agriculture minister Kotaro Nogami said at a press conference.


Nearly a decade after the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, 38 countries, including Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates, have lifted all of their restrictions.


The government has made efforts to persuade them that food products from Fukushima and other Japanese prefectures have been proven scientifically to be safe.


The 16 countries and regions maintaining import restrictions on Japanese food products include China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States.

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