FOCUS: Taiwan to address Japanese food ban, immediate end unlikely

Two years ago, Taiwan voters approved a referendum to continue a ban on food from five Japanese prefectures after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, but that ban seems unlikely to be lifted anytime soon.Of 10 million votes cast in the Nov. 24, 2018 referendum, approximately 78 percent favored keeping the ban in place.President Tsai Ing-wen said at the time that, despite opposing the referendum, she would respect the vote, and her government would continue barring Fukushima food imports for two years.Fast-forward to today, and the administration should lift the ban the same way it did those o…

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