Reassured by IAEA's Fukushima wastewater report, M'sia to continue importing Japanese products

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is pleased with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on the potential impact of Fukushima nuclear plant wastewater release and has committed to continuing its imports of Japanese products.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who received a courtesy call from his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida today said he had been given the reassurance over the negligible radiological impact following the release of wastewater from the nuclear plant.

"We are satisfied with the IAEA report and the reassurance about the negligible radiological impact and I have assured prime minister (Kishida) that we will therefore continue having products from Japan in this regard," he said briefly, in a joint press conference with Kishida today.

Japan had in August begun releasing treated wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant, some 12 years after one of the world's worst nuclear accidents.

Many expressed concern over its possible impact however a report released by the IAEA said the release would have a "negligible radiological impact on people and the environment".

Health director-general Datuk Dr Muhammad Radzi Abu Hassan previously said that the ministry will impose a level 4 (surveillance) inspection at the country's entry points on high-risk food products imported from Japan for the analysis of radioactive material content.

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