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U.S. lifts all post-Fukushima import restrictions on Japanese food products

  • September 22, 2021
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NHK reported this morning that the U.S. government announced that it has lifted all restrictions on imports of food products from Japan established in response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The network said that under the restrictions, U.S. imports of a total of 100 agricultural products from 14 prefectures, including Fukushima, Iwate, and Miyagi, had been suspended. The network added that the United States is the third largest importer of Japanese agricultural and food products, saying that the total value of such imports from Japan topped 1 billion dollars last year.


Meanwhile, the network said that while the EU has also announced plans to ease some import restrictions on Japanese food starting in October, 14 countries and territories, including China, South Korea, and Taiwan, continue to block some Japanese food products. The network said Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries believes the U.S. move is likely to influence the decisions of their governments on whether to resume imports.


According to the network, Prime Minister Suga posted a tweet today, saying: “It is a move that people in the disaster-hit areas had been waiting for and will greatly contribute to the recovery of those places. Japan welcomes this step very much. I am deeply moved as I had asked for the early removal of the restrictions when I met with President Biden in Washington in April. The government must continue its efforts to have other countries and regions lift similar  import restrictions.”

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