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Japan wants food import curbs imposed after Fukushima crisis lifted

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Shoganai. Japan does also impose restrictions when it wants.

An example, technically, people can not give their blood if they lived more than 6 months in a country where the mad cow disease was confirmed.

But the mad cow was 30 years ago.

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Japanese protectionism is doing fine, we see.

Tit for tat is a valid international political tool, however. Best used with countries known to abuse it.

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Singapore accepts Fukushima farm produce. At the end of 2019, the EU eased restrictions.

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For the first time since 2019, fish contaminated with high levels of radioactive cesium have been caught off the coast of the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan on Feb. 22, according to local public broadcaster NHK.

Laboratory tests revealed that black rockfish caught at a depth of 24 meters (m) nearly 8.8 kilometers (km) off the coastal town of Shinchi were contaminated with up to 500 becquerels (Bq) of radioactive cesium per kilogram. The permitted standard level is 100 Bq of radioactive cesium per kilogram.

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Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi should first consume the food from Fukushima himself and with his family! I’m sure he avoids buying those himself and doesn’t expose his family to it as well! Foreigners living in Japan consume fruits and food from Fukushima more than him just as a show of support!

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I have little sympathy for a country which imposes tariffs of over 700% on imported rice. It's not as if people will confuse Japanese rice with basmati or jasmine rice. If they think Japanese rice is so superior, then they've got nothing to worry about. I personally prefer basmati or even jasmine - they actually have some sort of fragrance and are nowhere near as heavy or detrimental to your health.

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"It is extremely regrettable that some countries and regions continue to impose restrictions on imports of Japanese food products, even a decade after the disaster," Motegi said "

Of course we will continue to erect all sorts of restrictions and barriers to foreign foood imports to protect our cozy farmer & LDP relationship. We humbly ask for your understanding. Japan is "unique" after all.

A total of 23 countries and Taiwan as well as five international organizations sent teams...."

What Taiwan is not a country? Has to be listed separately?...how spineless J Foreign Ministry.

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"It is extremely regrettable that some countries and regions continue to impose restrictions on imports of Japanese food products, even a decade after the disaster,"

It is extremely regrettable that the Japanese government has still not been able to clean up the Fukushima mess, even a decade after the disaster.

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"It is extremely regrettable that some countries and regions continue to impose restrictions on imports of Japanese food products, even a decade after the disaster," Motegi said

Well, hasn't been our country doing it since forever? How about 778 percent tariff on rice imported from abroad? Let it sink.. 778%! And it's not just rice. Wine, cheese, meat. Sure, the percentage is different. But the idea remains the same.

You mean we don't need to import wine, cheese and meat, because we have domestic? Yeah, highly overpriced because there is basically no competition here. The cost of labour is high in here? Well, duh! And why is that?

Yeah, we are "unique", blahblahblah.

"The government of Japan will make its utmost efforts, based on scientific evidence, to have the restrictions lifted as early as possible and advance further efforts to increase Japanese exports of agricultural, forestry, and fishery products,"

Wait, you mean scientific evidence as in scientific evidence? Or scientific evidence as the numbers projected, corrected and released by the government? How about we just release things as they are, without worrying to lose face? It's 2021, the world is connected by the internet and our government still thinks that hey can hide things under the carpet. But the outside world knows.

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Japanese government owns 51% share in TEPCO, and spends billions on Dentsu. They can easily fool Japanese, but they can’t lie to foreign nations.

they are not a one party dictatorship and can do independent radiation testing.

japan should concentrate on exporting our wonderful product and not pushing our rotten apples.

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The Japanese authorities are the first to act all high and mighty and ban certain products from abroad, but when the shoe is on the other foot.................

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Of the 54 countries and regions that introduced import curbs on Japanese food products following the nuclear accident, 15 including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the European Union maintain restrictions

So only 15 now maintain restrictions.

But China and EU are huuge markets.

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That headline though. I did a double take. It sounded like Japan wants to impose restrictions once the crisis has been lifted.

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Science can't be trusted sometimes. Especially, when ratios are used. Ammounts of strontium and plutonium are not tested in many cases. Ratios are used from tests that had low results of plutonium be and strontium. It's obvious they are not checking all the fish.

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I want nothing from Fukushima but i want Fukushima people to be fully compensated.

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irreconcilableToday 02:10 pm JST

Especially, when ratios are used. Ammounts of strontium and plutonium are not tested in many cases

It comes up to each country and their testing. For example, Japan doesn't test rice for arsenic. In many EU countries, testing rice for arsenic is prevalent.

Or testing fish and seaweed for cadmium.

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Using force again.

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Pictures from the disaster zone:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/photography/interactive/2021/japan-fukushima-nuclear-tsunami-decade/?itid=hp_world

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