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Japan to study import curb aside from China ties: Hiranuma.

TOKYO, March 27 Kyodo

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Takeo Hiranuma said Tuesday that Japan will consider whether to impose an emergency import curb on vegetables from China separately from its diplomatic relations with Beijing.

''The emergency import curb is allowed under WTO (World Trade Organization) rules,'' Hiranuma told reporters. ''If there is any evidence, we will consider it apart from Japan-China relations.''

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry is expected to request the finance and trade ministries to impose a temporary curb on surging imports from China of stone leeks, shiitake mushrooms and rushes used in ''tatami'' mats.

If imposed, the curb, while temporary, will be the first measure taken by Japan under the ordinary ''safeguard'' mechanism of the WTO, which is designed to slow imports to allow a specific industry to adjust to heightened competition from foreign suppliers.
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