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Kan to urge G8 not to restrict Japanese produce

Prime Minister Naoto Kan will call on Group of Eight leaders to take a scientific approach to safety evaluations of Japanese products in the wake of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

At least 60 countries and territories are still restricting imports of Japanese food and other items.

At the G8 summit to be held in France later this week, the Japanese prime minister will ask leaders to respond calmly to groundless rumors about Japanese products.

Kan plans to explain about the nuclear accident and the Japanese government's response.

On Sunday, the leaders of Japan, China and South Korea agreed on the need to take a scientific approach to safety evaluations of Japanese products.

The same day, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced China's plan to scale back its restrictions on imports of Japanese food and farm produce. China will also stop requiring Japanese exporters to submit radiation test certificates, except in the cases of dairy products, vegetables, and seafood.

Monday, May 23, 2011 05:16 +0900 (JST)