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WTO ruling upholding ROK’s seafood import ban to affect Japan’s export strategy

  • April 13, 2019
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All papers reported on Saturday that the WTO ruling on Thursday upholding the ROK ban on seafood imports from Fukushima and seven other prefectures came as a surprise to Japan and is bound to affect its strategy for exporting agricultural products and diplomacy with the ROK. Sankei attributed this set back to a “tactical error” on the part of Japan in handling the case at the WTO body. Nikkei wrote that Japan had been hoping that if the WTO Appellate Body upheld an earlier panel ruling against the ROK’s ban, it would be able to press the ROK to lift the ban and put pressure on it to submit the two countries’ dispute over the former requisitioned workers’ compensation claims to arbitration by international bodies.

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