Tuesday 16 January 2018

Japan urges world not to place ban on its exports

Shinichi Saoshiro in Tokyo

THE Japanese government has appealed to the world not to impose "unjustifiable" import curbs on its goods.

In a briefing to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Japan said it was monitoring radioactive contamination to prevent potential food safety risks and would provide the WTO with quick and precise information.

"In return, Japan asked members not to overreact," said a WTO official.

Several countries have banned milk and produce from the areas near the damaged Daiichi nuclear plant, 240km north of Tokyo, due to contamination fears.

Radioactive iodine in the sea off the plant has hit record levels. The state nuclear safety agency said the amounts were 3,355 times the legal limit.

The Daini plant, several miles from the stricken Daiichi facility, has been put into cold shutdown.

"This incident will not cause any effect of radiation externally," nuclear plant operator Tokyo Electric Power said.

Irish Independent

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