Singapore lifts regulations on Japanese food

Japan's agriculture ministry says Singapore has lifted all regulations on imports of Japanese food products. The measures were imposed following the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The regulations required exporters of seafood and other products from Fukushima Prefecture to submit test results for radioactive substances. Certificates of origin were also required for all food items shipped from Japan.

The agriculture ministry says the regulations were lifted as of Friday. But 14 other economies, including China, South Korea and Taiwan, maintain restrictions on Japanese food imports.

Agriculture minister Nogami Kotaro told reporters that his ministry will patiently urge the remaining economies through various channels to ease or lift the measures, based on scientific evidence.