After seven years, the Philippines finally lifted the ban on the importation of several agricultural produce from Fukushima Prefecture, the Japanese Embassy in Manila said yesterday.
Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu welcomed the move even as he expressed hopes that trade between the two states will further increase.
The lifting of the ban on meat, fruits, and vegetables was approved on January 8.
On January 16, 2012, the Philippine government issued a memorandum banning the importation of fish species from the Prefecture of Fukushima after the Daiichi Power Plant nuclear disaster in March 2011, dubbed as the second-worst nuclear disaster in history after the nuclear incident in Chernobyl.
Toshimitsu made the announcement on the sidelines of a bilateral meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. in Makati City.
“Japan welcomes the lifting of the import ban of food products from Japan by the government of the Philippines yesterday,” Toshimitsu said.
“With this lifting, we hope that safe food from Fukushima as well as other parts of Japan will reach many people in the Philippines,” he added.
Last year, the Philippines initially lifted the ban on fish species like Cherry Salmon, Sand Lance, Japanese Dace, and Ayu from Fukushima Prefecture as a gesture of goodwill during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet to Japan.