Japanese representative disappointed at food import referendum
Oct 09, 2018GeneralComments Off on Japanese representative disappointed at food import referendum
Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) Japan's representative to Taiwan Tuesday expressed regret that a referendum proposal on whether the ban on food and agricultural imports from certain areas of Japan should continue was accepted by the Central Election Committee (CEC).
The referendum asks whether the government should maintain the ban on imports of agricultural products and food from areas in Japan affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster on March 11, 2011, including Fukushima, Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi and Chiba prefectures.
The petition, which was proposed by opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin (???), will be voted on by the public alongside local government elections on Nov. 24.
In a statement released by the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association in Taipei, Chief Representative Mikio Numata said he was very disappointed that food import issues have been used as a political football, though he reiterated that his feelings for Taiwan have not changed.