Food products from Fukushima donated at an event in New York

An event to promote Japanese cuisine was held in New York, following the recent lifting of US import restrictions on food products from Fukushima and 13 other prefectures in Japan.

The restrictions on a total of 100 food items from the 14 prefectures were imposed after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. But the measures were lifted in September last year.

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries hosted the event on Thursday, which was attended by about 20 people working in local food companies.

In a video message in English, Fukushima Governor Uchibori Masao expressed sincere gratitude to all those in both countries who made efforts for the abolition of the measures.

Uchibori is committed to working hard to provide delicious dishes that will put a smile on American consumers’ faces.

Guests enjoyed packed lunches made with Fukushima ingredients, including sushi and sukiyaki made from wagyu beef. Japanese sake was also served with the food.

The participants savored the dishes while listening to the explanations of the cooks and taking photos.

A woman who runs a Japanese restaurant says the lifting of the ban has made it possible to use authentic ingredients from Japan. She added that she could add the dishes she just tasted to the menu of her restaurant.

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