Dear International Fugu Association members,
Hello everyone, this is the IFA representative Furukawa.
In Japan, the Japanese government is extending the state of emergency, which seems to be the final, with the Olympic Games in mind.
Not sure whether it can be held or not, but the atmosphere is likely to open the games even with no spectators.
Vaccination is progressing at a rapid pace to reach up to 1 million people/day.
I am paying close attention to whether we can overcome the coronavirus with the power of the vaccination.
1. I haven't received the letter from the Singaporean government that I announced last month. ('; ω; `)
However, due to the Fukushima nuclear power plant issue, Prime Minister Suga had a telephone conversation with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on May 25. PM Lee indicated that Singapore has decided to abolish the import restrictions on Japanese food products imposed ten years after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
I am confident that it will be good news for Japanese Fugu as well.
2. We have appointed Professor Yuji Nagashima of Niigata Agro-Food University as a technical advisor of our association. Professor Nagashima lectured enthusiastically at the Japanese Fugu study session for Singapore SFA.
Having Professor Nagashima on our team is very encouraging. His scientific expertise gives us a decisive advantage as we negotiate the safety of Fugu overseas.
We hope that this will have a positive effect on our future negotiations with health authorities in other countries.
His name is posted on our home page.
3. The Fuji TV news office interviewed me regarding the national unification of Fugu license and the export of Fugu.
It took more than 30 minutes, but it aired only a short time.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) will revise Japan's Fugu license in 2019 for the first time in about 40 years, unifying the testing system that has been different in each region.
After a grace period, it will be reviewed nationwide within this fiscal year.
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But the interview was exciting, and the story was well organized.
You can see the whole story from here.
As the audience has received this TV broadcast well, we are preparing to submit a written opinion on the unification of Fugu licenses to the Japan Fisheries Association.
Let's do our best to overcome the coronavirus!
We look forward to your continued guidance and encouragement.