Taiwanese watchdog slams lack of transparency on Japanese meals ban
The investigation by the Management Yuan discovered that the Government Yuan, Taiwan’s cupboard, and associated companies have been doing a poor job in letting customers know that meals merchandise from Fukushima Prefecture and close by Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi and Chiba prefectures at the moment are suitable for eating.
The federal government should replicate on the way in which it has dealt with the matter and make enhancements, the report mentioned.
Taiwan’s public final month voted in a referendum to keep up the ban, which was imposed after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.
Management Yuan member Peter Chang, a co-leader of the investigation, mentioned that the federal government’s lack of transparency and inefficient communication with the general public had put it in a bind, sandwiched between the Taiwanese public and the Japanese authorities.
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Chang likened the ban to a runaway practice, and mentioned that if Japan made good on its menace to take the case to the World Commerce Organisation, the practice would go off a cliff.
If the Taiwan authorities needed to proceed the seven-year ban, it had to ensure it was scientifically justifiable, vital, non-discriminatory and the decision-making course of was clear, he mentioned.
Whereas extra international locations or areas have eased their bans on imports of Japanese meals merchandise from areas affected by the 2011 nuclear catastrophe, Chang proposed Taiwan adopted the footsteps of the USA, European Union and Canada and loosen up the restrictions.
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The federal government, led by the Democratic Progressive Occasion, had proposed easing the ban in two phases after coming to energy in Might 2016. Nevertheless it backed away when the principle opposition Nationalist Occasion, or Kuomintang, questioned the brand new authorities’s capability to make sure the security of the imported merchandise.
A political insider who spoke on situation of anonymity mentioned the DPP authorities’s lack of management on the problem put it in an ungainly place.