Singapore to lift restrictions on food from Japan

Singapore's prime minister says his country will completely lift import restrictions on Japanese food products that were imposed in the wake of the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke by phone for about 20 minutes on Tuesday.

Suga welcomed the decision.

Suga also said he will work to ensure the fair global distribution of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines.
The leaders agreed to work together on a number of key issues ahead of an online summit-level meeting in June co-hosted by Japan and an international group that promotes vaccinations in developing countries.

Suga and Lee also discussed security in the Indo-Pacific region.

They agreed to step up cooperation to achieve a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific," and to realize the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific initiative put forth by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

They said this will include development of defense equipment.