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As Fukushima food export barriers fall, Japan aims to persuade China

Five markets still prohibit crops and seafood from nuclear disaster zone

A worker sorts fish at the port of Matsukawaura in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. Japan hopes to break down the last international barriers to food exports from the area.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- International restrictions on food products from Japan's nuclear disaster-stricken Fukushima Prefecture are falling one by one, creating a tailwind for Tokyo's drive to boost farm, forestry and fisheries exports.

Much, however, will hinge on the decision of one man -- Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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