Japan-China food row resurfaces
Published: August 11, 2008
Source of Article: http://upiasiaonline.com/Politics/2008/08/11/japan-china_food_row_resurfaces/1916/
Right before the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games on Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda raised the issue in his talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
"I asked Hu to make an effort to resolve the dumpling issue as soon as possible because the Japanese people are paying high attention to this issue," Fukuda told reporters after his talk with the Chinese President. "Hu said he would do his best to resolve the issue as soon as possible," Fukuda said.
least four Chinese people fell ill in June after eating the same brand of
dumplings that caused illness in
add shock to the surprise, the newspaper revealed that
After the revelation by Japan's largest-circulation daily Yomiuri Shimbun last week, Japanese media and opposition lawmakers voiced strong criticism of the government's handling of the issue and failure to clarify the situation to the Japanese public.
Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura was obliged Thursday to explain that the government had withheld the facts at the request of Chinese authorities, presumably to avoid a greater stir over this issue ahead of the Olympics.
politicians kept up their criticism, however. Yukio Hatoyama,
secretary general of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, said that
the initial food-poisoning incident in late January, 10 Japanese citizens were
sickened after eating pesticide-tainted dumplings imported from
between the two countries over who was responsible for the poisoning reached
such a pitch that it resulted in the postponement of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to
"Hu wants to boost relations with
According to Kou, millions of Chinese people fall ill from food poisoning every year, and as many as 200,000 deaths can be attributed to the same cause. Thus, Chinese authorities must understand that placing blame on the Japanese side in the dumpling case lacked credibility, he said.
Chinese figures for 2007 claim 13,280 cases of food poisoning and 258 deaths.
Japanese have raised the question as to why the dumplings continued to be
are many in
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