China Bans Food Products From Japan, Cities Safety Concerns

by Shreya Shriyan
China Bans Food Products From Japan, Cities Safety Concerns

While the ongoing political tensions between certain countries have affected everyone around the world, there is no doubt that China has played a key role this year. In light of these tensions, China has decided to ban a few products from Japan claiming THIS reason.

China Bans One Fifth Of Japan’s Products

China Bans Food Products From Japan, Cities Safety Concerns
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China, the top buyer of Japan’s seafood, will carefully review documentation for food, especially aquatic products, from other parts of Japan. China’s customs department will strengthen the ongoing detection and monitoring of radioactive substances to ensure the safety of imported food from Japan.

This measure specifically targets the ban on food from 10 prefectures. The move comes as a safety measure while Japan tries to discharge nuclear-contaminated water into the sea.

China implemented the measure to safeguard Chinese consumers by blocking the export of radioactive-contaminated food from Japan. This is to maintain food safety standards in China.

China had expressed strong opposition to Japan’s decision to release treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean for several weeks.

The International Atomic Energy Agency recently approved Japan’s plan to discharge over a million metric tons of radioactive waste from the Fukushima plant into the sea. The water is used to cool the damaged fuel rods at the Fukushima plant, following the 2011 tsunami.

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Japan’s “Radioactive” Move Lands The Country In Trouble

China Bans Food Products From Japan, Cities Safety Concerns
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According to China customs, the report doesn’t represent all the experts’ views involved in the assessment process. Additionally, the conclusions were not universally supported by the experts.

China has made headlines in the past three years, that is since Covid hit the world.

While initially there was a sense of sympathy, the views towards China soon turned hostile. This is due to the country being the origin point of China.

While China is taking measures to safeguard its citizens, it cannot be ignored that the country has had bad luck in the past 3 years when it comes to health.

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Trade between countries is an important batter exchange that helps in strengthening economic and political ties. So, now with China imposing its ban on Japan, it will be interesting to see how this affects both countries’ markets.

What do you think about China’s latest plan? Let us know in the comments.

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