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Fukushima-area foods still facing trade restrictions

Staff Writer |
Eight years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, 24 countries and regions still limit agricultural and food imports from Japan due to the disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

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Although products have been shown to be safe, persistent misconceptions to the contrary have hindered the resumption of exports in some cases.

This has prevented ambitious farmers from increasing their incomes and casts a shadow over the government’s efforts to expand exports.

Restrictions either prohibit imports from certain areas in Fukushima and the surrounding prefectures, prohibit the import of certain products, or allow imports if certain conditions are met such as providing inspection certificates.

The first category, the strictest, is still in place in eight countries and regions, including China, Hong Kong, the United States, Taiwan and South Korea.

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