Japan Appeal – Calm Down Over Nuclear Radiation Fear

Japan will ask other nations not to restrict imports of Japanese agricultural and livestock items without scientific grounds, a senior government official said Monday.

State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Yutaka Banno made the remark at a press conference in response to increasing moves to shun Japanese produce.

Such steps follow accidents at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which led to leaks of radioactive materials outside the plant.

At a World Trade Organization trade negotiations committee meeting from Tuesday and other WTO talks, Tokyo will explain it has fully halted shipments of food items in which radioactive substances were detected, Banno said.
Japan will ask other nations to act in line with a WTO agreement and refrain from invoking import restrictions that lack scientific grounds, he said.

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