Cabinet to hold more public hearings on Japanese food imports

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/11/16
By: Ta Ya-chen, Liu Kuan-ting and Lilian Wu

Taipei, Nov. 16 (CNA) Premier Lin Chuan (林全) has asked that one or two more public hearings on

Protest at a public hearing

Protest at a public hearing

imports of controversial Japanese food products be held and that they be streamed live, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said Wednesday.

The meetings are to be held to give people a chance to learn more about the issue, and live streaming will increase exposure of the process, including in places like Yilan County, where no public hearing has been held to date.

Taiwan has banned imports of food products from five prefectures in Japan that were contaminated with radioactive substances following the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011, a catastrophe triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami.

Taiwan’s government is now considering lifting the ban for food from the five prefectures except for Fukushima, but has run into heavy opposition.    [FULL  STORY]

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