G20 (Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy)
Statement of Minister Kono on request for lifting of import restrictions on Japnese food products in Session 3 (extract)
By the way, here at Tsukuba, I hope you have enjoyed meals with local foods of Ibaraki to your heart’s content.
In fact, Ibaraki Prefecture is the second biggest producer of agricultural products among Japan’s 47 prefectures.
It is said here that “the stomach of Tokyo people could not be filled without Ibaraki foods.”
I regret to say that import restrictions are still being placed on food products from some prefectures including those from this Ibaraki, even eight years after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
In the meantime, the safety of Japanese food products has been secured by its strict food safety management system.
Bearing this in mind, I would like to urge the countries maintaining import restrictions to positively consider lifting such restrictive measures.