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South Korea banned fishery imports from eastern Japan irrespective of radiation

  • January 4, 2016
  • , Sankei
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Sunday’s Sankei wrote in a front-page story that according to declassified MOFA and MAFF documents, the South Korean government informed the GOJ in September 2013 of its decision to prohibit imports of fishery products from eight prefectures in eastern Japan, including Fukushima, “whether or not they are contaminated with radiation.” The daily said this decision by South Korea shows that its import ban is not based on science and thus runs counter to WTO regulations that prohibit unfair discrimination against foreign imports. (See Japan Press Highlights for a translation of a related article.)

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