Contaminated Fukushima Food; Charges In Taiwan, Japan Asks China To Ease Restrictions

Two men have been charged in Taiwan related to the importing of banned foods from Japan. The illegal importing of banned food products has been going on for up to a year. Authorities in Taiwan have asked Japan to investigate the crime on their end, so far they have received no response.

At the same time Japan is being uncooperative with Taiwan, they are asking China to ease food import restrictions. Currently China has some of the most restrictive rules requiring proof of origin and radiation testing documentation on most food imports. There is also a considerable list of prefectures that China has placed a blanket import ban of all food products on. The size of China’s economy may give them the upper hand in these negotiations. Japan recently took South Korea to the WTO in an attempt to force them to remove restrictions on suspect food imports. So far there has been no indication Japan intends to do the same to China.

The higher restrictions in place in China have created an additional problem for Japan. If they are able to comply with China’s stringent documentation requirements they have little ability to claim less onerous documentation rules in other countries are too difficult to meet.

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