Taiwanese opinion opposes proposal to import Japanese food from Fukushima region

Taiwanese opinion opposes proposal to import Japanese food from Fukushima region

A survey of 1,93 responses conducted on November 14-15, 2017, by the Kuomintang think tank, the National Policy Foundation, about public opinion concerning the proposal by the Democratic Progressive Party government’s representative to Japan to allow imports of Japanese food from areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster region shows that 37.5%  “very much do not support it”, 32.7% “do not support it”, 17.7% “support it”.  In general 70.2% (32.7% + 37.5%) do not support it.

When asked if you are worried about the health impact, 2.1% are “very much not worried”, 11% are “not worried”, 34.6% are “somewhat worried”, 47.5% are “very worried”.  In general, 82.1% (34.6% + 47.5%) are worried.

The survey shows that 62.5% do not trust the current government’s management and ability to handle food safety in Taiwan.  There are only 13 government inspectors charged with inspection of radioactivity in imported foods.  According to the survey, 18.8% are “very much not confident” about the current government’s ability to safeguard food safety in Taiwan, 43.7% are “relatively not confident”, 28.3% are “somewhat confident” and 2.0% are “very confident”.  In general, 62.5% (18.8% + 43.7%) have no confidence in the government’s ability to safeguard food safety in Taiwan from contaminated imported foods.

 

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