More public hearings on Japanese food imports planned

The government has decided to hold three more public hearings on Japanese food imports from areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear incident.

Cabinet spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung said on Friday that the hearings will be held in Kaohsiung on December 21 and Taipei on December 22nd. There will also be a televised hearing to be broadcast by CTS on December 25th. All three hearings, to be hosted by Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) Chief Executive Officer Wu Hung, will be live-streamed.

The government is considering lifting a ban on food products from five Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant. However, the plan has faced strong opposition from the public over safety concerns.

Due to scuffles at previous hearings, Premier Lin Chuan has decided to hold three more hearings to ensure that the public's opinion can be heard.

Meanwhile, a health ministry official said the government will go ahead with its plan if it can ease public concerns over foods safety during the three hearings.

Source: Radio Taiwan International