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Israel has removed import restrictions on food items from Japan imposed due to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, reducing the number of countries and regions with such trade policies to 15.
All Fukushima food products and some items such as grain, seafood, and mushrooms from Iwate, Miyagi, Tochigi, Gunma, and Chiba prefectures were subjected to the import restrictions.
The restrictions include submitting radiation inspection certificates and having all the items tested upon entry.
Japan farm minister Kotaro Nogami urged countries and regions retaining import restrictions to ease or eliminate them
Israel is now among 39 countries and regions that have lifted import restrictions.
The 15 countries and regions maintaining restrictions on Japanese food imports include China, South Korea, and the US.