Lifting of Import Restrictions on Japanese Food Products by the United States
On September 22, the U.S. Government (U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)) announced that the U.S. had lifted the import restrictions on Japanese food products due to radioactive substances.
The U.S. Government had continued to impose the import restrictions on Japanese food products after the TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident. The Government of Japan had continued to strongly request the lifting of the import restrictions, including on the occasion of the Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting in April. Against this background, the relevant authorities of Japan and the U.S. had a series of consultations based on scientific grounds, which led to this decision.
The Government of Japan welcomes the U.S. Government’s lifting of its restrictions, toward the upcoming visit by Prime Minister Suga to the United States, as support for the reconstruction of the affected areas as we mark a decade since the Great East Japan Earthquake.