DPP lawmaker rejects allegations via the Taipei Times

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲), who is representing the party in the Tainan mayoral race, yesterday rejected allegations that he had exercised improper influence on behalf of Japanese discount store chain Daiso Industries Co.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs last week rescinded Daiso’s import permit as punishment for repeatedly importing Japanese food products that were banned following the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster.

Daiso was in July 2015 found to have imported banned products and tampered with product labels.

The company later applied to renew its permit using forged documents, leading to a permanent revocation of its import privileges and a fine of NT$41.6 million (US$1.38 million).

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