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EU will withdraw restrictions on food imports from Fukushima?

EU will withdraw restrictions on food imports from Fukushima?


EU will withdraw restrictions on food imports from Fukushima?

A number of Japanese media quoted sources on June 30 as saying that the European Commission plans to completely withdraw restrictions on the import of Japanese food, including Fukushima aquatic products, and will announce relevant decisions as soon as July this year. . But the EU has not yet confirmed the news.


EU will withdraw restrictions on food imports from Fukushima?

Screenshot of Nikkei Asian report


After the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, the EU imposed import restrictions on food from Japan, and then relaxed the restrictions in stages.

Up to now, the EU still requires aquatic products, mushrooms and other foods from 10 counties including Fukushima to provide radioactive substance detection certificates.

If the EU withdraws the import restrictions, the above test certificate will no longer be required.


The sources, cited by Jiji news agency, said the lifting of the restrictions would “help quell negative rumors about food safety in Japan”. The source also said a final EU decision on whether to lift the restrictions could come in mid-July, during a summit between Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and EU leaders in Brussels.


In an interview with Kyodo News, the spokesperson of the European Commission stated that food safety is an extremely important priority.

Since the Fukushima nuclear accident, the EU has imposed conditions on Japanese food imports for this reason.


The spokesperson also pointed out that the EU will regularly review relevant measures and, if necessary, will consider making changes based on the latest developments and scientific data. However, the spokesman did not confirm whether the EU would lift the restrictions.


After the Fukushima nuclear accident, 55 countries and regions around the world once imposed import restrictions on Japanese agricultural, forestry, aquatic products and food. The United States lifted these restrictions in September 2021 , and Japan has been seeking the European Union to withdraw relevant restrictions.


In April this year, before the meeting of the G7 agriculture ministers, Japan’s Minister of Agriculture, Tetsuro Nomura, held talks with EU Agriculture Commissioner Wojciechowski, asking the EU to revoke the restrictions on food produced in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear accident as soon as possible. Import restrictions imposed.


According to the Nikkei Chinese website, if the EU revokes import restrictions, countries such as Norway and Switzerland, which introduced restrictive measures in conjunction with the EU, will also consider following suit. By then, the number of countries or regions that impose restrictions on imported food from Japan is expected to decrease from 12 to 7, which will help expand exports of Japanese-made food.


Kyodo News stated that if the 27 EU countries decide to withdraw import restrictions, negotiations between the Japanese government and countries such as China and South Korea that maintain restrictions will become the focus in the future.


EU will withdraw restrictions on food imports from Fukushima?

Screenshot of Kyodo News report


In addition, regarding the follow-up progress of the Fukushima nuclear accident, as of June 26, the submarine tunnel project for the discharge of Fukushima nuclear sewage has been completed.

The Japanese side plans to conduct acceptance inspections on the discharge equipment on June 28. All preparations are in place.


Recently, some South Korean media revealed that the Japanese government obtained the draft final assessment report of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Fukushima Nuclear Contaminated Water Disposal Technical Working Group in advance, and proposed substantial amendments, exerting undue influence on the conclusion of the final report.

Japanese officials also paid more than 1 million euros in bribes to agency secretariat staff.




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