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Philippines lifts curbs on Japanese food imports

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Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, right, and Philippines' Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr pose for pictures during a signing ceremony and press briefing after their meeting in Manila, Philippines, on Thursday. Locsin said his country has lifted restrictions on Japanese food imports imposed following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster due to a lower risk of radioactive contamination. Motegi and Locsin also agreed to step up security cooperation, with an eye to countering China's militarization of artificial islands in disputed parts of the South China Sea, as well as economic cooperation, including infrastructure development. Following the meeting, the two signed an agreement for Japan to provide a low-interest loan of up to 4.4 billion yen ($40 million) to reinforce major bridges in Manila.

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Unbelievable that it took 9 years to lift this ban. They must have amazingly strict food safety laws in the Philippines.

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All that backlog of Fukushima rice is ready to ship!

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Fukushima rice is sold as industrial rice and bought by chain restaurant businesses. You are probably already eating it?

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Coincidentally this ban is lifted by the time Japan considering a plan to release millions of gallons of irradiated to sea and air. Of course plan to release this water will give reason for countries that already impose restriction like South Korea to continue their policy.

https://apnews.com/e60f93b7f7de2ff7b5b015fb5167dd9b

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Hey, why is the rice glowing in the dark? Lol.

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Fukushima rice is sold as industrial rice and bought by chain restaurant businesses. You are probably already eating it?

Sad but true! The same is also true for all those food products like rice that are mixed with more than two sources!

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Zichi,

"Fukushima rice is sold as industrial rice and bought by chain restaurant businesses. You are probably already eating it?"

I am not because I only eat brown rice.

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I am not because I only eat brown rice.

Most Japanese rice is brown before it is polished, so it is possible that Fukushima manufacturers can also sell brown rice mixed with brown rice from other prefectures in a "mixed product".

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Should have kept the ban.

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