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Singapore eases import ban on Fukushima products

JIJI

Singapore eased at the end of June its import ban on food from Fukushima Prefecture, home to Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s disaster-crippled nuclear power plant, Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has said.

The government of Singapore approved the restart of imports of food produced in Fukushima municipalities, excluding the city of Soma and nine towns and villages located near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which was knocked out by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

But the import ban remains intact for mushrooms grown in all municipalities in Fukushima as well as fish and other marine products caught off the prefecture.

Singapore currently bans Japanese food imports from only Fukushima.

Singapore also decided to approve food imports from the seven prefectures in the Kanto region without prior radiation checks, except some products from Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures, which require such checks before shipment.