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Brazil cagey on import restrictions via The Japan Times

Brazil will study easing its current import restrictions on Japanese food items once the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power station improves, visiting Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota said Saturday.

“Depending on future developments (at the Fukushima plant), we will consider the possibility of changing or abolishing the restrictions based on scientific standards set by international organizations,” Patriota told a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto.

Brazil, which has the world’s largest population of people of Japanese descent outside Japan, has urged Japanese exporters of food and foodstuffs to enclose declaration cards to distinguish products from Fukushima and 11 other prefectures over radiation contamination fears.

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