Japanese shrimp and lobster will be back in the country in the near future, the government said on Wednesday.
Japanese shrimp and lobsters will be allowed to be imported into the country as long as they are kept in quarantine, said Toshio Maki, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health.
The ministry has asked Japanese seafood producers to keep the products under quarantine for at least 30 days, which would be the limit under current Japanese laws.
It said the products must also be kept in refrigerated conditions.
Fishmongers are trying to get their business back, too.
In December, they started selling shrimp and lures from their warehouses.
The first shipment of lures arrived on December 17, while the next shipment will arrive on December 18.
The ministry said the new regulations allow the seafood market to operate normally.
A ban on the sale of lobster in Japan has been in place since April 2011.
The seafood industry, which accounts for 20% of Japan’s gross domestic product, is suffering due to a sharp decline in the size of the world’s oceans.
Last month, the country banned lobster imports from China and Japan, saying that the fish was a “national security risk.”