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WTO rules against South Korea over Japanese seafood import ban

NHK reported this morning that the WTO has ruled against South Korea’s import ban on Japanese fishery products that was imposed after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The network said that Japan filed a complaint with a WTO dispute panel saying that South Korea’s import ban on fishery products from Fukushima and seven other prefectures since 2013 violates international trade rules. The network said the panel concluded that the ban was “arbitrary, or unjustifiably discriminatory, and limits trade more than necessary” and urged Seoul to take corrective action. The network said that although the GOJ welcomes the WTO ruling that recognizes all of Japan’s claims on major points, the current ban will continue until a final decision is made by a higher body if Seoul decides to file an appeal.

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