Taiwan to vote on whether to maintain ban of some Japanese food products in referendum next month
Japan Times -- Oct 10
Taiwan will hold a referendum during local elections next month on whether to maintain a ban on food products from five Japanese prefectures imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Central Election Commission said Tuesday.

The referendum is among at least seven to be held on Nov. 24 when voting for mayors and councilors of municipalities, counties and townships, among other positions, takes place across Taiwan.

In November 2016, the government was considering easing the ban on the food imports in question in two stages.

In the first stage, the ban on imports of all food products from Fukushima Prefecture would remain in place but the ban on certain food imports, such as those with “low safety risks,” from nearby Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi and Chiba prefectures would be lifted.

In the second stage, which was to be implemented about six months later, restrictions would be further relaxed.

But that plan was strongly opposed by the opposition Nationalist Party (KMT), which questioned the government’s ability to ensure the safety of the imported products.

The government, led by the Democratic Progressive Party, backed away from the plan following revelations that banned food products had nevertheless slipped into the country and been sold.

福島県などからの食品の輸入を台湾が禁止している問題で、台湾で来月に輸入の解禁を問う住民投票が行われることが分かりました。 台湾では2011年の福島原発事故以降、福島、茨城、栃木、群馬、千葉の5つの県で生産された食品の輸入を禁止しています。
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