Minister of Agriculture of Japan, China and South Korea and ASEAN Agreed on Cooperation for Stable Food Supply October 22, 4:14

Japan, China, South Korea and the Ministers of Agriculture of the ASEAN-Association of Southeast Asian Nations have met, and while the effects of the new coronavirus continue, efforts are being made to utilize systems that accommodate the rice stockpiled by each country for a stable supply of food. We have agreed to continue and work together.

On the 21st, Japan, China, South Korea and ASEAN countries held a video conference with the Minister of Agriculture, and from Japan, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Nogami participated.

At the meeting, as the infection of the new coronavirus spread, there were some movements to restrict exports so that food could be distributed domestically, and we discussed cooperation among countries for a stable supply of food.

As a result, there are concerns about the unprecedented impact of the new coronavirus, so we have agreed to continue efforts to utilize systems such as the accommodation of rice stockpiled in each country.

During the meeting, Minister Nogami explained that Japan urgently funded the purchase and assisted the Myanmar government, which continues to spread the infection, to stockpile rice.

At the same time, Minister Nogami urged countries that continue to regulate the import of Japanese food after the accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station to remove the regulation as soon as possible.