Japanese Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda asked his Chinese and South Korean counterparts Wednesday to react calmly and on the basis of scientific evidence to the nuclear crisis in Japan.
Noda made the request at their meeting in this Vietnamese capital, regarding the two countries’ import restrictions on Japanese farm products imposed after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501>.
He said at a press conference after the meeting that both countries showed their understanding of Japan’s concerns over damage from rumors about radioactive contamination of Japanese products. The South Korean side said that excessive restrictions are not good, Noda said.
At the trilateral meeting, China and South Korea offered condolences to those killed in the disaster and expressed their support for Japan’s efforts to reconstruct affected areas. Noda expressed Japan’s gratitude for their assistance.
Asked about Japan’s need to balance postquake reconstruction against fiscal consolidation, Noda said he explained at the meeting that a first supplementary budget for fiscal 2011, enacted Monday, does not rely on an additional government bond issue.