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Bahrain lifts ban on Japanese food imports

Bahrain has decided to lift restrictions on food imports from Japan imposed following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Gulf Daily News has reported. Following a major earthquake in Japan, a 15-metre tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident on March 11. The Bahraini ban excluded imports given the all-clear by Japanese authorities, and items produced and prepared for shipment before the reactor was damaged. "Bahrain is the first country in the GCC to lift the ban on food imports and we welcome the decision," said the press secretary of Japanese Foreign Affairs Ministry Kuni Sato, at a press conference in Manama.