Britain is considering lifting Japanese food import restrictions, Japanese prime minister: hope to include Fukushima

2021-10-14: [Article Link]. (Observer Network News) According to the Japan News Agency, on October 13, local time, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a first telephone conversation with Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. During the call, Johnson congratulated Kishida Fumio on his election as prime minister and promised to consider lifting import restrictions on Japanese food. Fumio Kishida expressed the hope that restrictions on these products, including those produced in Fukushima Prefecture, will be lifted as soon as possible based on scientific evidence. On July 21, 2017, Johnson, then British Foreign Secretary, shook hands with Fumio Kishida, then Japanese Foreign Minister. Source: Visual China Fukushima Prefecture is located in northeastern Japan and is the location of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant under Tokyo Electric Power Company. On March 11, 2011, affected by the earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant suffered a meltdown accident, causing a large amount of radioactive material to leak. After the accident, 54 countries and regions introduced restrictions on Japanese food imports based on safety considerations. Among them, the ingredients produced in Fukushima Prefecture are even more talkative. June this year, because of Japan's Tokyo Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games organizing committee announced the athletes' village restaurant serves ingredients contained in the Fukushima halibut, South Korea Olympic delegation direct representation for the guarantee of food safety, decided to self-contained lunch, not athletes lunch at a restaurant. On September 21, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan stated that the European Union has planned to relax import restrictions on Japanese agricultural products and food, starting from October 10, exporters of bamboo shoots and cultivated mushrooms produced in Fukushima Prefecture will no longer need to submit radiation inspection certificates. At the same time, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein will also implement similar easing policies and introduce the same regulations as the European Union. "Japan will unremittingly promote the lifting of (Japanese food) import restrictions in other countries, including the European Union," said at a news conference." On September 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated a statement saying that after extensive analysis of Japan's strict food control measures, including decontamination, monitoring and enforcement, and after reviewing the 10-year sampling results of Japanese food, the FDA officially lifted all restrictions on food imports from Japan. According to the Japan broadcast Association (NHK), in the 30-minute call between Johnson and Fumio Kishida, in addition to the Fukushima food issue, the two sides also talked about a series of content of the Japan-UK cooperation. The two sides shared the view that in recent years the two security and defense cooperation significantly deepening September this year British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth docked in Tokyo in the vicinity of the United States naval base of indicates that the cooperation between the two sides have reached a new level. In addition, the two sides agreed to work closely together to achieve freedom and openness in the Indo-Pacific region, to address global climate change and the Covid epidemic, and exchanged views on the current negotiations on Britain's accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (ctpp).

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