G7 calls to repeal ban on Japanese food, pressing China


The Group of Seven (G7) industrial powers called on Sunday for the “immediate repeal” of import curbs on Japanese food products, a reference to China’s restriction after Japan began releasing wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Post the meeting on Osaka, the G7 trade minister, without mentioning China, denounced what they consider its rising economic coercion through trade.

The 10-page statement read, “We deplore actions to weaponize economic dependencies and commit to build on free, fair, and mutually beneficial economic and trade relationships.”


Two months ago, China had imposed ban on Japanese fish imports as the country began disposing radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima plant into the Pacific. While the Japan and U.S. have called the curbs unfair, Russia imposed similar restriction earlier this month.

China’s foreign ministry did not immediately comment on the G7 statement.

The G7 group, which includes the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Britain, and Canada, expressed “concern” over control measures for the export of critical minerals.