Taiwan lifts ban on imports of Japanese products

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Taiwan lifts ban on imports of Japanese products

Taiwan on Tuesday announced that  it would lift an 11-year ban on importing food products from Japan’s Fukushima area.

Concerns over the radioactive contamination prompted Taiwan’s ban on food and agricultural imports from five Japanese prefectures in 2011, shortly after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power accident in March of that year.

Taiwan is lifting the measure now in a move to show its determination to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

However,Taiwan sent an application to join the Tokyo-led trading group in September 2021.

The cabinet spokesman, Lo Ping-cheng, said aside from Taiwan, only China was still rejecting all food and agriculture products from Japan.

He said Taiwan’s regulations had been modified to ensure food safety and would be officially announced in late February.

“Our border controls will be accordingly tightened to check such Japanese food and agricultural products by batch,” Ping-cheng said.

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