Japan Asks China, S. Korea to Lift Food Import Bans


Niigata, May 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa on Sunday requested China and South Korea to lift their import bans on food made in Fukushima and some other prefectures.

Yoshikawa made the request to his Chinese counterpart, Han Changfu, and South Korean agriculture minister Lee Gae-ho at bilateral meetings in the central Japan city of Niigata.

Yoshikawa also confirmed cooperation with Beijing and Seoul in battling African swine fever, which is raging in China, at the meetings held on the sidelines of the two-day gathering of the Group of 20 agriculture ministers from Saturday.

The two neighbors of Japan introduced the bans due to the nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 power plant triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

China bans imports of food made in 10 prefectures including Fukushima, Miyagi and Ibaraki, while South Korea's ban covers fishery products from eight prefectures including Fukushima, Aomori and Iwate.

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