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Japan to have more rice mills and warehouses to ship to China

Japan will have two new rice mills and five more fumigation warehouses certified for exports to China, a key step to access more Japanese rice in the world’s largest rice market, the two governments have agreed.

This is significant because Japan so far has only one rice mill and two fumigation warehouses approved by China.

In 2017, Japan exported 11,800 tons of rice, of which only 298 tons shipped to China.

Experts say that the Japanese rice exports may be linked to political moves related to Tokyo and Beijing turning a new page for more constructive bilateral ties in the near future.

Tokyo and Beijing also agreed to set up a task force to discuss easing a ban on Japanese food imports imposed after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.

Yet, the ban has remained in place on all the food imports from 10 prefectures affected by the accident. They are Fukushima, Tokyo, Niigata, Nagano, Miyagi, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama and Chiba.

Beijing also hasn’t resumed the importing of vegetables and fruits from other prefectures.

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