Japan's Animal Quarantine Service Alerts Foreign Tourists Visiting Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan, July 17, 2019 In order to prevent the introduction of African Swine Fever which has been affecting the neighboring countries, Japan's Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) located in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, has decided to develop aAmore comprehensive detection system by introducing substantial number of detector dogs and dispatching them not only to major airports but also to local onesFor the fullAmultimedia release, click here: Swine Fever (ASF) is a contagious disease affecting pigs, and would bring devastating damagesAto the livestock industry. ASF virus strains were isolated from meat products intercepted from passengers coming from Asia in March 2019. AQS has been strengtheningAthe inspection system of passenger's baggage, especially focusing on the passengers coming from Asian countries affected by ASF. Furthermore, in order to suppress the smugglingAof meat, AQS has applied the penalty more stringently than ever before to passengers who bringAin illegalAanimal products into Japan. This time, AQS is determined to largely increase the number of detector dogs that are extremely competent in finding meat products, and further strengthen the animal quarantineAsystem. If one brings meat products illegally, an imprisonment of up to three years or a fine of up toAone million Japanese Yen could be imposed. Now the Japanese government is serious aboutAthe illegal importation of animal products.AJapanese Animal Quarantine Service:
Animal Quarantine Service, Planning and Coordination Division
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