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Singapore may also ease restrictions on Fukushima foods

 January 11, 2015

Singapore to consider easing import restrictions on Fukushima food items




SINGAPORE – Singapore has agreed to “positively” consider a request to ease its import restrictions on food and other farm products from Fukushima Prefecture, according to Japanese officials.

Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s national development minister, said in a meeting Sunday with agriculture minister Hiroshi Moriyama that he will consider the request while examining moves on the matter by the European Union and others.

Moriyama told reporters after the meeting that he explained the EU’s recent decision and asked Wong to ease the restrictions based on scientific grounds.

The EU on Saturday substantially eased its import restrictions on Japanese food and farm products, including those from Fukushima Prefecture. The curbs were introduced after the March 2011 crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.


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