Indonesia lifts curbs on Japan Food Import

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo held discussions in Tokyo on Wednesday, July 27,  ahead of this year’s Group of 20 major economies’ summit in Bali in November which Widodo will host.

Following the leaders’ summit meeting, Kishida announced a joint press conference that Indonesia had abolished all limitations on Japanese food imports imposed in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

Kishida expressed gratitude for the decision, saying that easing import restrictions on food products from seven previously impacted prefectures would “support people in disaster-stricken areas.” Widodo, for his part, stated that he has asked Japan to reduce or eliminate duties on Indonesian tuna, pineapples, and bananas.

Kishida also expressed his sympathies for the death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was shot during a stump speech earlier this month.

Widodo will finish his visit to Japan with a meeting with Emperor Naruhito later in the day before departing for South Korea, according to Xinhua reports, citing government officials at Tokyo.

In a bid to the triple meltdown accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., Indonesia had required radiation-free certificates for imports of meat, vegetables and other food products from Miyagi, Yamagata and 5 other Japanese prefectures.

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