Taiwan Votes to Keep Fukushima Food Import Ban

Politics

Taipei, Nov. 25 (Jiji Press)--Residents of Taiwan have voted to maintain its import ban on food made in areas affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

In a referendum on Saturday, votes supporting the ban had exceeded 5.7 million as of 11 p.m. (3 p.m. GMT), meeting the conditions for becoming a valid decision, according to Taiwanese election committee officials.

Under Taiwan's law, referendum yes votes exceeding no votes become a valid decision if their total tops a quarter of the electorate, or 4.94 million.

Based on the result, Taiwan is expected to maintain for two years the ban on all food made in Fukushima Prefecture, which hosts the power plant, and the four nearby prefectures of Ibaraki, Chiba, Tochigi and Gunma.

Taiwan introduced the ban soon after the nuclear accident began in the northeastern Japan power plant following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Japan has repeatedly called on Taiwan to remove the ban.

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