Indonesia Lifts Japan Import Restrictions

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday that Indonesia lifted all restrictions on Japanese food product imports in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in 2011. 

Kishida gave the announcement at a joint press conference with Widodo, as they reaffirmed cooperation in a free and open Indo-Pacific.  

“The lifting of import restrictions encourages people in the disaster-hit areas,” Kishida said

Kishida said Japan has committed to strengthening the maritime security in the region in response to China’s military buildup. 

“I hope bilateral security cooperation, including defense exchanges, will further advance,” Kishida said, adding that Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force is due to join a multinational joint exercise in Indonesia for the first time next month.  

Meanwhile, Widodo said he asked Japan to reduce or abolish tariffs it imposes on some Indonesian products, like pineapple, bananas, and tuna, and to provide market access for mangoes. 

Widodo is on the second leg of a three-nation tour – China, Japan, and South Korea. 

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