Taiwan said on Tuesday it would relax a ban on Japanese food imports put in place following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, hoping to show it is a responsible partner and ease its entry to a major trans-Pacific trade pact.

The World Health Organization said in 2016 that the Japanese authorities had monitored food contamination closely and implemented protective measures to prevent sale and distribution of contaminated food in Japan and overseas after the Fukushima tsunami and nuclear disaster.

Japan has said many nations such as the United States and Australia had lifted or eased Fukushima-related restrictions, and Fukushima food including rice is being exported to markets like Thailand.