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‘Nuclear food referendum’: Taiwan’s softening of Fukushima ban under threat amid ballot calls via Food navigator asia

Japan’s hopes that the Taiwan government will lift the current ban on foods from Fukushima and surrounding areas has hit another hurdle after Kuomintang, the Largest opposition party in Taiwan, submitted a referendum request on what has been dubbed ‘anti-nuclear food.’

So far, this ‘anti-nuclear food’ referendum suggestion has not been officially accepted by the Taiwanese government. However, the party claims to have successfully collected over 470,000 signatures in support of it. 

As only 280,000 signatures are required to legally hold a referendum, this places substantial pressure on the government. If the turnout reaches the required 25%, its results will be considered legal. 

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Ban on products

The allout from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster saw the then-Taiwanese government place a ban on all products from Fukushima and its nearby areas Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi, and Chiba. 

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The ban in other countries

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Meanwhile, Hong Kong announced relaxation of the ban on products from Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi, and Chiba in July this year. 

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