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Japan asks Taiwan to lift ban on food imports

Japan has asked Taiwan to lift its ban on some Japanese food imports, in place since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident in March 2011.


Representatives from the two sides met in Taipei on Tuesday for their trade and economic conference for the first time in about two years and three months.


Chiou I-jen, who heads the Taiwan-Japan Relations Association, expressed hope for all-encompassing trade and economic ties with Japan.


He also stressed hope for early, constructive talks on Taiwan’s membership in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTTP, so that the trade framework would gain more value.


Japan has welcomed Taiwan’s bid to join the CPTTP. Chiou called for Japan to take more substantial action to back Taiwan’s membership.


The Chairman of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Ohashi Mitsuo, participated online in the Tuesday meeting.


Ohashi noted that the United States lifted the ban on Japanese food imports in September last year. He asked Taiwan to take action as soon as possible based on scientific data, in the pattern of Western industrialized countries.

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