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    Japan is set to begin exporting rice from the country's Fukushima region to the European Union, starting with the United Kingdom, next month, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Japan is set to begin exporting rice from the country's Fukushima region to the European Union, starting with the United Kingdom, next month, local media reported.

    "With the U.K. as a foothold, we hope to expand the sale of prefecture-produced rice to other EU member countries," the head of the Zen-Noh federation of agricultural cooperatives, Nobuo Ohashi, was quoted as saying by The Japan Times on Sunday.

    According to the newspaper, around 1.9 metric tons of rice from Fukushima, which experienced a nuclear power plant accident in 2011, will be sold in London. The farmers group Zen-Noh will further export the grain to Europe via a British trading company.

    The rice coming to the European Union still has to go through a radiation test in importer countries or Japan.

    In March 2011, Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant was hit by a 46-foot tsunami, triggered by a 9.0-magnitude offshore earthquake. The tsunami caused three of the plant's six reactors to melt down and radioactive materials leaked into the sea and air.

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    European Union, import, rice, United Kingdom, Fukushima, Japan
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