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Japan hopeful Taiwan will cancel planned rules on food imports

Japan hopeful Taiwan will cancel planned rules on food imports

Taipei, May 5 (CNA) Japan reiterated Tuesday its position and hope that Taiwan will cancel plans to tighten regulations on Japanese food imports, after the Taiwanese government decided earlier in the day that the new regulations will be enforced from May 15 as scheduled. An official with the Taipei Office of Japan's Interchange Association, which represents Japan's interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties, again urged the government to factor in a scientific basis when making its decision. Japan will continue to negotiate with Taiwan on the issue, reiterating its hope that the regulations will be lifted, he said. His remarks came after Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (???) said earlier in the day that the new directive to tighten regulations on Japanese food imports will be implemented later this month. Food products from the prefectures of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba have been banned in Taiwan since those areas suffered radiation contamination as a result of a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011. Under the new regulations, importers of Japanese food products will be required to present certificates of origin to prove that the imports are not from any of the five prefectures. For some imports such as tea, baby food, and dairy and aquatic products, radiation inspection certificates will also be required. The government came up with the measures after it was discovered in March that food items from the five prefectures had been imported illegally into Taiwan with false labeling of place of origin. A delegation of Japanese lawmakers visited Taiwan last week to urge the government not to implement the new regulations. While in Taipei, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker Nobuo Kishi said that the issue of false labeling and stiffening regulations on food imports are two different things, and urged the government to cancel the plans. In an effort to address the issue, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (???) called a meeting of the legislative caucuses of the various parties earlier in the day, but they failed to reach a consensus. (By Hsieh Chia-chen, Tseng Ying-yu, Y.F. Low and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-18 19:58 GMT+08:00