Japan urged China on Monday [21 March 2016] to scrap import restrictions on farm, forestry and fisheries products that were put in place after the Fukushima nuclear crisis erupted in March 2011. Kazuyoshi Honkawa, vice minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, made the request at a bilateral subcabinet-level dialogue in Beijing on agricultural issues. The dialogue was resumed for the first time in six years, after the talks were suspended by Chinese outrage over Japan’s effective nationalization of the Senkaku Islands, which are claimed by both China and Taiwan…Full Article: The Japan Times Mar 2016

Key Point

  • As a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, China banned agricultural imports from 10 Japanese Prefectures including Fukushima, Miyagi and Ibaraki.

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  • In June 2015, Japan formally asked China to lift the import ban on agricultural products from Miyagi, Nagano, Fukushima, Ibaraki, and six other Japanes Prefectures.
  • In the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Japan restricted the sale of Fukushima agricultural products including fish (e.g. dace, ayu, cherry salmon, Sand lance), vegetables (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, spinach, lettuce, and other leafy vegetables), and milk.

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